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Tina Fey is best known to most audiences for her portrayal of vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin as well as for her critically acclaimed sitcom 30 Rock.
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In this book she tells stories about both of these, as well as her time as a regular on Saturday Night Live. But you also get the chance to read about her formative years and general thoughts on a variety of subjects including motherhood, the bizarre nature of magazine photo shoots, and the general awfulness of cruises.

The book is in roughly chronological order starting with her childhood memories, through her teenage experiences in youth theater group and onto her improvisational comedy roots during her time with the famous Second City comedy group in Chicago. She writes engagingly about the people in her life, with flashes of introspection and honesty amid the laughs.

The chapters are short and sometimes feel a little rushed, and jumps between thoughtful looks at her life and tossed off blog post style chapters that feel like padding. It's clear that the book was put together from a pastiche of previously published pieces (like the wonderful A Mother's Prayer For Her Daughter) and newer connecting work. But overall it is very funny and engaging, and by the end of it you cant help but like and admire this funny woman.
Best part of story, including ending: It's funny and insightful without romanticizing showbiz.

Best scene in story: The whole chapter about the cruise is painfully true and since I'm also afraid of flying it struck home to me.

Opinion about the main character: Well its an autobiography so the main character is also the author. I like her humor style, which is why I read the book in the first place. It reads a lot like her screen persona.

The review of this Book prepared by Maria Nunez a Level 11 Prairie Warbler scholar

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Plot & Themes

Story of entertainer?    -   TV Comedy Actor Period of greatest activity?    -   1950+

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Female Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   American

Setting

How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   3 () United States    -   Yes Century:    -   1980's-Present

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   like laughing Pictures/Illustrations?    -   A few 1-5 B&W How much dialogue in bio?    -   little dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   51%-75% of book

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