Tina Fey Makes Great Hospital Reading

May 8th, 2011 by Jane Heller

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Before I went in for surgery, my editor suggested I download a copy of Tina Fey’s “Bossypants.” She said it would cheer me up. She was right. The book should be required reading for anybody needing a laugh.

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I don’t watch “30 Rock” and I wasn’t a fan of “Date Night,” but I’ve enjoyed Tina Fey on “SNL,” especially her Sarah Palin skits (who hasn’t). Mostly, I’ve admired the fact that she’s been able to achieve so much as a comedian in a business where funny women aren’t celebrated the way they should be.

As for her book, it’s pure pleasure. Tina is like the friend you wish you could hang out with all the time – hilarious, self-deprecating, always willing to look at life from a quirky-yet-remarkably-wise point of view. Whether she’s talking about growing up in PA, taking an ill-fated honeymoon cruise, trying to breastfeed her daughter or gearing up for the occasional fashion photo shoot, she’s excellent company. I enjoyed the book so much while I was in the hospital that I read it twice. Well, there wasn’t much else to do.

Now that I’m home, I’m reading Caroline Leavitt’s “Pictures of You.” No, it’s not funny, but I’m enjoying it nonetheless.

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4 Responses to “Tina Fey Makes Great Hospital Reading”

  1. margaret says:

    Glad you are home and on the mend.
    I loved Tina Fey’s book! And you’re correct, she is what I refer to as a broad. There aren’t enough of them in the world today. You’d love to have a glass of wine or whatever and sit and chat with her.

    Get Well.
    (i’m sure today’s game had to help in recovery)

  2. Jane Heller says:

    Thanks, Peg. She IS a broad in the best sense – youthful and very current but also a throw back to the Carol Burnetts of the business. And yes, today’s game did make me smile….eventually.

  3. Harold M. Bluenote says:

    Well, good. Or should that be “good and well”…?

    Anyway, you’re back from the hospital and well enough to blog. That’s good enough for now.

    Glad you had some good reading to enjoy. Don’t know Caroline Leavitt, but you could write volumes about what (and who) I don’t know. Getting overwhelmed with books I hope to read — including yours — so a week away in June will hopefully ‘do the trick.’ My spouse enjoys Tina Fey (tho’ we don’t watch her show either), so I’ll mention this one to her. It might get her off her Sidney Sheldon kick…!

  4. Jane Heller says:

    I’m sure your wife knows about “Bossypants,” Dave. It’s on the bestseller list. But remind her. She’ll enjoy it. If she’s into Sidney Sheldon, however, don’t bother about Caroline Leavitt’s book. Doesn’t sound like it’ll be her cup of tea. (Sidney Sheldon? Really?)