By Tina Fey
New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2011
I'm sure you heard me cackling late last Monday when I started this book. I could barely get through a sentence.
And the tears! I was weeping from laughter.
As I continued, there were less tears, though the humor was still there.
It's difficult to write funny, to write comedy and get laughs, but Tina succeeds. Maybe it's because I'm such a fan of her and of "30 Rock" and her character Liz Lemon. Maybe the book reads super funny to me because I can envision her saying it or reading it aloud. I should try the audio version sometime, perhaps, just to see if it makes me laugh more.
The book tells Tina's story: her days growing up and working the local summer theater to joining Second City in Chicago and then her work in NYC as a writer for "SNL" and becoming the mastermind behind "30 Rock." She isn't afraid to admit embarrassing moments or moments in which she maybe fell short.
She told enough on herself to make her story interesting without doing a "tell-all" book. I don't know that I'd want a "tell all" book anyway. I just enjoyed reading her version of her recent rise to "fame," though I'm not even sure she would call herself famous. She's famous to me because I'm such a fan.
Also, from this moment forward I will be using her phrases "grade A dummy" and "dumdums" as often as possible in conversation.