Book Club: Bossypants Q&A, Part I

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Welcome to the first LaurenConrad.com Book Club Q&A for Bossypants! How does everyone like the book so far?

Personally, I cannot stop laughing. At times, I find myself bursting out in laughter. Alone. (Let’s just say Chloe is a bit confused about these random bouts of emotion.)

Anyway, today I have listed a few reading questions. These questions cover the first 131 pages of the book (if you haven’t read that far, stop reading this blog, get back to Bossypants and then join back in). Otherwise, if you have read beyond these pages, please be courteous to our fellow Book Club members and label any comments with “SPOILER ALERT” if referring to anything past page 131.

Questions

  1. So far, the book has been mostly autobiographical. What facts about Tina Fey do you find most surprising?
  2. What’s your favorite (or should I say, funniest) memory Tina has shared so far?
  3. What was your favorite rule from Tina’s “Twelve Tenets of Looking Amazing Forever”? (in the chapter titled “The Secrets of Mommy’s Beauty” on page 103)

 

Here are my answers…

  1. I was interested to hear about her marriage. I always think of her as a single woman because of the character she plays on 30 Rock (my favorite show), so it was surprising to imagine her in such a different role.
  2. My favorite story that Tina told from her childhood is of the time her father left her alone in a store, when she was nine. She says that she was unfortunately dressed in a boyish outfit and “no fewer than three old ladies mistook [her] for a stock boy.”
  3. My favorite was number 10. A manicure is a must. Her description of the whole experience is so spot on it’s amazing. I rarely get manicures because I like to do my own nails, but when I do venture into a nail salon it is always a slightly awkward experience.

 

Now it’s your turn to answer the 3 questions above in the comments below.

Also, if you’ve read ahead and have a good reading question for our next Q&A, please leave it in the comments as well. I will select 3 of your questions to use for the next Bossypants Q&A, Part II. The members whose questions are selected for the next Q&A will win a copy of one of my books along with a personalized handwritten note and autograph from me!

Our next Q&A check in will be June 23rd (I will also be announcing the date of our live online book chat on the 23rd).

Happy reading!

XO Lauren

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  • Jennifer Houlahan

    aaahck why haven’t I bought this book yet, I love Tina Fey! I guess I will just have to read vicariously through all of you! :)

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  • chloe christina

    1. The thing I find surprising about Tina fey is that most of her friends were gay! Also I didn’t know she was married or had a child! It was very surprising! I loved the bit when she was talking about the reverse doll and how her daughter only liked the sleeping beauty side!
    2. One of my favorite memories that she has shared would probably have to be when her mother gave her the “”my first period”” packet. I literally laughed put loud when she said “”well played, Jeanne Fey, well played””
    3. My favorite number was 8 I think the title says a lot about her humor. She makes me laugh! But I think it’s a priority. If you don’t feel comfortable doing your own hair, I think it would be hard being comfortable going through life.
    I really enjoy the book Lauren! Thanks for working hard to put this book club together!
    Xo, Chloe

  • Aurora

    I adore Tina Fey!! 30 Rock is my favorite show, and I’m SO behind as I haven’t read Bossypants yet so I will catch up right quick to contribute to this awesome book club you’ve started! :)

  • Lynn

    1. I loved reading about her relationship with her father, Don Fey. The portrayal of this typical “”man’s man”” Dad was perfect. I loved hearing the way she viewed her father along with the immediate responses others had of him. I love her statement that, her father looks like he’s “”somebody.”” The section about Don Fey was one of my favorites.

    2. I enjoyed hearing of the different jobs that she interviewed for right after college. Being a semester away from college graduation(with a studio art degree), I found this both discouraging yet hilarious. She tries so hard to be the perfect candidate for these odd and end jobs. I loved hearing about her interview for a waitressing position where she made up her experiences and everything about her past table waiting job. Also, we do all know that children in restaurants aren’t usually a favorite.

    3. My favorite was #9 : “”When It Comes to Fashion, Find What Works for You and Stick with It.”” This is so true! I will just simply agree with what she says in the book, “” STICK TO SIMPLE PIECES THAT FLATTER YOUR BODY TYPE.”” I couldn’t agree more! Shop for yourself not for someone else.

    Loving the book!

  • Natasha Rossi

    I am really loving this book so far, and had to stop reading it on public transportation on account of all the looks I got when I would laugh out loud :)

    1. I was surprised to know she had a husband and child as well! And I was also interested to know that she wrote Mean Girls, I never knew that, and I’ve watched the movies a few times, so I think it adds a different view to the film, knowing that it’s her words.

    2. I enjoyed the part about her honeymoon cruise. Not only was it hilarious, but it was also really interesting because I’m going on my first cruise in about a week, so it gave me a little insight on what to expect, and making it a little relatable since it’s an experience I’m about to have.

    3. I liked all of them, but I think my favourite would be #12: “”If you retain nothing else, always remember the most important Rule of Beauty: ‘Who cares?'”” it goes completely with her character, and sums up a lot. So many people these days care way too much about looks, but being perfect is boring, and a lot of beauty comes from confidence from within. I think it’s important to take care of yourself and I love getting ready and putting makeup on and everything, but in the end, everyone is unique and you shouldn’t try so hard to impress others. The most important thing is that you’re happy with who you are.

  • chloe christina

    Natasha, I was surprised to know she wrote mean girls too! That’s one of my favorite movies! It’s hilarious :)

  • Colleen

    1. I thought her tales about herself “”being a mistake”” were interesting. This is maybe where she received alot of her wit from, having these different experiences (as compared to most people). Tina Fey also seems to look at life in a different way, she does not seem to take it too seriously, which was very surprising to me.

    2. My favorite part was when her mom handed her the “”My First Period”” kit with all the pamphlets in it and even left her the one she (Tina’s mom) was suppose to read. The letters included in the pamphlets are hilarious! My favorite is the, “”Dear Ginny/Dear Pam””, about rollerskating.

    3. #1 Form Good Beauty Habits Early: the earlier you start good beauty habits, the more likely they will stick with you forever. For example, if you start in your teen years making a commitment to always wash all your makeup off before you fall asleep, the more likely you won’t go to bed with your day’s makeup still on (with the occasional forgetfulness).

  • Katelyn Taylor

    wow, i really need to go out and get this book, and catch up!!

  • shell

    I finished this book within 2 days of reading it because I just COULDN’T PUT IT DOWN it was hilarious!!! (I also had a couple days off work so was actually able to spend many hours reading).

    #1: It wasn’t her marriage that surprised me, but her daughter! It was hard for me to picture her being a mother but the way she speaks of her “”midge”” is so endearing! The way she refers to her as angel, ect. it was so nice to see her in that role. Also, POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT: that she didn’t have a driver’s license (I have been reading on my kindle and am not sure exactly the page number that they mention this fact and didn’t want to ruin it for anyone).

    #2. I had a few favourite memories that Tina shared- when she argued with her daughter over the doll and whether Snow White or Sleeping Beauty was prettier, and when she thought periods were blue because of the pad commercials!! Also when she said “”Don Fey is a grown-ass man! Black people find him stylish!””

    #3. This is a hard one but number 4 and 8. 4 is short and hilarious, and 8 reminded me of my pre-teen days when I tried so hard to tame my own hair and just didn’t know how. It took years of awkwardness and frizz to finally figure out how to do my own hair in ways that I love.

  • Danielle Thomas

    Loving this book so far. I have always loved Tina Fey as a comedian, and now I love her as a person.

    1. I really enjoyed hearing about her career journey. I just think it’s great that she knew from such a young age, what she wanted to do with her life.

    2. I definitely thought the part about her period was the best. I think its hilarious that she thought periods were blue, due to the commercials.

    3. I especially enjoyed the last rule “”who cares?”” It is so refreshing to hear a celebrity that sounds quite comfortable in her own skin, and can be beautiful even if all of her beauty rules don’t work out.

  • Melanie T. Koch

    SPOILER ALERT!!! Only because I’m not sure at this moment, which chapters or pages my comments may be referencing, sorry!!

    Loved this book!!! Was a great choice for the first club read!!

    1. I was surprised the most about Ms. Fey’s numerous behind the scenes work experiences. I had no idea her background was that extensive!!

    2. My favorite memory that has been shared so far was her working at the YMCA. Her descriptions of people and her interactions with them are soooo funny!!!

    3. The ‘who cares?’ rule was the best!! Don’t worry about all the other stuff, it only matters that you feel good about yourself!!

    I would like to suggest some future book club reads:

    “”The BITCH-PROOF SUIT”” by De-ann Black. Involves fashion from a different point of view. One of the best books that I’ve read lately!! Also, any of the Barbara Taylor Bradford books. She writes about a family that runs a famous department store in England (Emma Harte is the matriarch). Many twists and turns, but an interesting book as far as fashion history and women in business is concerned!!!!

  • Terrell Yutzie

    1. The thing I find most surprising was where she got her face scar from as a child, being the victim of a slasher. As I read it I gasped out loud then realized I had actually gasped out loud and not just in my head.

    2. My favorite memory that she has shared was the party that she went to with her friends from the summer job thing that she had. The get together where the people were split into groups and there was that one person that tried to go around melding the groups together. I laughed out loud because a lot of the times that is exactly how high school and junior high things were (for at least me and my younger years), and it was just so relatable!

    3. And, as for the last question I agree with Melanie, that the best rule was that you should just worry about feeling good about yourself. I know no matter what that is the best advice that someone could ever give to you. If you dwell on anything and everything that people criticize about you, then you are going to be a very sad person, and thats not what anybody needs.

  • Jess

    1. I agree with Terrell, I was most suprised about the scar on her face – I had never noticed it before (in movies and on television) until she mentioned it in her book.

    2. The funniest part for me was that last chapter about her honeymoon – who knew a honeymoon, and let alone a cruise, would be so tramatic and crazy!

    3. My favorite was the one about the skin care – so many people, myself included, don’t realize the potential dangers we put our skin in, and although beauty is only skin deep, it is very important to keep our skin healthy!

  • Jessica Flores

    1. The fact I found more surprising about Tina Fey was about how she got her scar and also I did not know she had a scar. I never noticed. I just loved how she just talked about but just let it go. It’s just part of her and no should have to judge her about it.

    2. My favorite story is her honeymoon. I loved how she referenced the Titanic and how she wouldn’t be like Rose and go into the lifeboats instead of running after Jack because then Jack would have survived on the floating piece of wood. That story just really kept me laughing alot. It was so funny the way she kept changing her husband’s name too.

    3. My favorite rule was the A Women’s Hair Is Her Crowning Glory. It’s so hilarious about she talks about the Shag haircut and saying it is the most universally flattering haircut. Then the picture she puts on there. It’s pretty funny too. She said she looked so sleek and pulled together.

  • erika heming

    Well, how down to earth she is. She knows how to make fun of herself. But not to the point where you’re like okay we get it! Her family also, it’s good to see that a good upbringing really made her what she is today. Also her scar, if something like that happened to me, I don’t know how I would react. It is scary that someone would do that to a child!


    When she talks about her dad. It reminds me of my father and grandfather. Having to return the carpet cleaner and taking the wrong bottle. And how embarressed she was. Something similar happened to me, that I couldnt help but feel better that someone else went through the same thing. Also the part where she is yelled at by a guy when walking home. She screams “”suck me D**K”” I laughed so hard, I couldnt breathe.

    Def. the manicure part(10) . I always feel super weird when I walk into a nail salon. They yell “”PICK A COLOR!”” and if you take more than 5 mins, the women look at you like they want to stab you with a nail file. I’m glad I am not the only one who feels ackward and standoff ish in a salon.

  • Mandy

    When I first purchased the book I wasn’t sure if I was going to enjoy it. But once I picked it up, I had to keep reading! Tina Fey wrote with laughter, honesty and sincerity about some of her inner thoughts. I come away from reading this realzing what a bright woman Tina Fey is.

    1. One of the facts that I love about Tina Fey is the fact that she started out in Summer theatre at the program she called “”Summer Showtime.”” This fact made me respect her more because she put lots of hard work in to the career she has today and never gave up.

    2. I laughed so much when Tina Fey was telling the story of the “”period packet”” her mother gave her and how it was never mentioned again. Like that would explain everything!

    3. My favorite rule was “”just worry about yourself.”” Its hard to do, but when done right, the world seems a little brighter.

  • Jennifer Robinson

    1. I was actually really surprised on how she received that scar on her face. I was always curious about it, but didn’t realize it was such a terrible incident.

    2. I laughed about the dinner on the cruise. How they were jealous of the other table. The reason I thought this was funny was because when my family went on a cruise we were stuck at a table with this family that did not speak english. We wished that we could jpin another table.

    3.My favorite rule was the “”who Cares?””rule. It is important to be comfortable with yourself, and not care what others think of you

  • Katherine R Behring

    1. What a found most surprising was her portral of her dad “”Don”” who clearly looked like he was somebody. For some reason I imagined her parents being kind of nerdy… Don was not what I was expecting. This book is making me love Tina Fey even more than I did before. It so interesting to hear about how she came to be who she is today. Plus its super fun to read her comments that sound serious but are quite sarcastic at the same time. You can really hear her “”voice”” in the text. I can’t wait to read the second half of the book.

    2. I thought the sections about her mom giving her the Modess kit and he experience on the Cruise were superfunny… poor girl “”no where in the pamplet did it say blood is not blue”” that and when her mom made her try a bra on outside of her clothes in JC Pennys. The cruise was horrifying but funny nonetheless, especially her rationale for leaving her husband without a lifeboat.

    3. My favorite rules were the one about her “”shag”” hair cut, reminding me of the years I was stuck with a (she) mullet that never seemed to grow out! The manicure rule was super funny too… I always feel so uncomfortable getting a manicure, but the worst part is when they ask you to choose your colors, but then expect yout to do it instantly and they get VISABLY annoyed when you take more than 30 seconds.

  • liz

    Loving the book so far. I was really unsure that I would but this will def be a favorite for me.

    1) So I am very surprised she has a daughter.

    2) I laughed hard when she talked about the first period packet her mother gave her.

    3)I also loved that the advice to just worry about feeling good yourself. At the end of the day the only person you should be worrying up is number one you.

    4)last I cant believe I have never noticed the scar. And she is not worried about what people think when she is telling the story it is her and she is fine with that and wont let it hold her back.

    So I cant wait to read more. I wish it was the weekend so I had more time : )

  • Colleen

    After posting my answers to the first Q&A I decided to start reading ahead and submit a questions for the next Q&A. My questions is:

    What are your thoughts on Tina addressing the harsh comments people wrote about her on those websites and blogs in “”Dear Internet””? Was it brave of her? A wrong step? The funniest chapter of the entire book?

  • Molly McGrane

    I love Tina Fey so much! This book is the perfect way to start out the summer – good work Lauren!

    1. I think the most surprising thing I’ve learned so far is how much WORK goes into improv. I guess I just assumed that funniness was a trait and not a skill. When she talks about the theories of improv and how much work she’s done to get to where she is (random job at ymca to make money, the second city tours, building her relationship with lorne) I was just really impressed. She definitely comes across as a smart lady in her acting and writing, but the way she describes her work sheds a whole new light on her intelligence, in my opinion. She’s kind of a scientist with words and I’m super impressed!

    2. I loved her story about the “”four-year-pride parade”” through her parent’s kitchen and the homemade nachos she made with Karen and Sharon. I think the way she talks to the “”younger generation”” is hilarious. I wish I could have been a part of the cultural phenomenon that brought us microwave nachos!

    3. My favorite rule was def number 3- SOOTS. All of the skin acronyms made me laugh sooo hard!

    xoxoxo

  • Casey G.

    1. I really loved that in her own quirky way, Tina truly values her career, family, and everything else she has. I love that she has the ability to be self deprecating and endearing, and I admire how strongly she feels about woman’s equality in the workplace.

    2. Tina’s honeymoon certainly was one of the chapters in which I couldn’t stop laughing. Her honesty when she told her husband she would have gotten on the lifeboat without him had me cracking up.

    3. Rule #10 is SO spot on- I will never be able to get a manicure and feel the same way about it.

    Absolutely loving Bossypants- great selection for our first read!

  • Casey G.

    1. I really loved that in her own quirky way, Tina truly values her career, family, and everything else she has. I love that she has the ability to be self deprecating and endearing, and I admire how strongly she feels about woman’s equality in the workplace.

    2. Tina’s honeymoon certainly was one of the chapters in which I couldn’t stop laughing. Her honesty when she told her husband she would have gotten on the lifeboat without him had me cracking up.

    3. Rule #10 is SO spot on- I will never be able to get a manicure and feel the same way about it.

    Absolutely loving Bossypants- great selection for our first read!

  • Keeler

    1. I was also surprised to find out about her husband and daughter, because I love 30 Rock and Baby Mama and since they are both written by Tina they seemed somewhat autobiographical, or at least inspired by her life so I imagined her as single (not that there is anything wrong with that). But her relationship with her husband seems great and funny (which you continue to see further on in the book).

    2. I loved her experience at theater camp and her friends she made, it seemed like the most eclectic, but fun group of people. And all the difference experiences she had with them kept me laughing, it was great.

    3. I loved the “”haircut”” rule. I thought it was awesome how she put in her picture, it really just added that much more humor to the book! It also made me think of my awful haircuts I had when I was younger (and not so young) that I thought were fantastic at the time, but obviously did not turn out that way haha!

    I watched an old rerun of SNL Weekend Update with Tina and Jimmy and I noticed her scar on her face for the first time. Since reading the book and knowing about it, it became much more noticeable to me. I have a scar on my face and I love how she just doesn’t care about what people think or say about it anymore because it is apart of her. She is such a beautiful and funny woman! I LOVED the book and will probably read it again (most likely I will laugh just as much, if not more!)

  • Lisa Chambers

    I’m absolutely loving this book so far! Great pick, Lauren! :)

    1) I think the most interesting thing I’ve leared about Tina Fey thus far is how rough/comical her adolescence was, espeically with the boys. I always figured she was born with her knock out looks and charismatic personality. I would have thought she’d have boys crawling at her feet! And not having to deal with her boyfriend dumping her for a dancer or having to settle/try so hard for a guy to make out with her. It amazes me!

    2) My favorite memory that Tina has shared is the “”my first period kit”” from the Modess company. I love how her mother just gave it to her and slipped out of the room. The pamphlet with the fake correspondence between the three friends was hilarious! And the “”How Shall I Tell My Daughter”” one that her Mom never read and just passed on to her.

    3) My favorite was definitely #10- A Manicure is a Must. I totally agree, spot on with her desription! Priceless!

  • Mary Katelyn

    I was surprised to see her less-confident self. When I see her on 30 Rock and SNL, she seems to have such a strong pressence. But in Bossypants she takes on a different voice. She seemed to not find herself cool (which, to me, is totally inaccurate!) Did anyone else get the feeling that Liz Lemon is rubbing off on her?I loved the way she described her honeymoon cruise. I was literally laughing aloud to myself! Just the chapter title, “”My Honeymoon, or A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again Either”” gets a good giggle out of me.Rule Five, and her eye cream discussion with Monica Lewinsky, was preiceless! This was interesting we got to hear insider info relating SNL, but she also kept the laughs coming with 90’s references (see p. 106 “”we talked about…””) So great!

    I read the whole book and loved it! Great pick. xo Mary

    P.S. A few good questions could be: -What chapter have you enjoyed most and what made it so enjoyable for you? -In her chapter on photoshoots, “”Amazing, Gorgeous, Not Like That,”” which of the tree tips did you find the funniest? -What book would you like to read next? -Did reading Bossypants change your view of Tina Fey at all? If so, how?

    xo M

  • Mary Katelyn

    1) I was surprised to see her less-confident self. When I see her on 30 Rock and SNL, she seems to have such a strong pressence. But in Bossypants she takes on a different voice. She seemed to not find herself cool (which, to me, is totally inaccurate!) Did anyone else get the feeling that Liz Lemon is rubbing off on her?2) I loved the way she described her honeymoon cruise. I was literally laughing aloud to myself! Just the chapter title, “”My Honeymoon, or A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again Either”” gets a good giggle out of me.3) Rule Five, and her eye cream discussion with Monica Lewinsky, was preiceless! This was interesting we got to hear insider info relating SNL, but she also kept the laughs coming with 90’s references (see p. 106 “”we talked about…””) So great!

    I read the whole book and loved it! Great pick. xo Mary

    P.S. A few good questions could be:

    -What chapter have you enjoyed most and what made it so enjoyable for you?

    -In her chapter on photoshoots, “”Amazing, Gorgeous, Not Like That,”” which of the tree tips did you find the funniest/best?

    -What book would you like to read next?

    -Did reading Bossypants change your view of Tina Fey at all? If so, how?

    xo M

  • Diane Wang

    I find it funny how she had such a rough time through high school and college with her love life because reading her book she seems very comical and easy going, which are two great attributes with getting along with the opposite sex, and now I bet those guys are wishing they gave a second look at TinaI don’t have a favorite just yet, but I love all the slight jokes she throws in there every now and then I liked her story on space lasers and how she realized she was now paying for her facial mishaps instead of having them naturally, and now I’ll definitely always blot cream with my ring finger now

  • Dannon K. Collard

    I’m going to get the book on my lunch break! I’ll be a little late in my repsonse, but better late than never! Thank you Lauren for creating this Book Club!

  • Kellie Norton

    My precious 2 year old nephew decided he liked Tina Fey more than me and decided he needed to “”bathe”” it in the sink without me knowing. HA! So I’ll jump in on the next book :) Love reading everyone’s comments!

  • Olivia DelloStritto

    I LOVED this book. so much.

    1. Like a lot of other people, I was very surprised to learn about how Tina got her scar. I had always wondered and was really happy and sad to learn the background of it.

    2. Such a hard question! In general I just think the funniest parts of the book are when she puts an asterisk after a word and then refutes what she says in the footnote or adds a humorous comment. For example, the title of Page 84 is “”The Rules of Improvisation That Will Change Your Life and Reduce Belly Fat*) and then at the bottom it says *Improv will not reduce belly fat.

    3. My favorite is #12 because I love the message of “”Who cares?”” I think that’s what a lot of people need to learn, especially in today’s media driven society with a false perception of “”beautiful””. But I also laughed at #5 with the Monica Lewinsky anecdote. Especially at the ending when she said that she thinks of Monica whenever she applies eye cream and “”And I’m sure she thinks of me.””

    I finished the book so I have a lot of suggestions:

    1. What do you think of the title of this book, Bossypants? After reading, would you have named it anything else?

    2. Were Tina’s responses to the online criticisms in good taste or rude?

    3. What was your reaction to Tina’s hesitations to playing Sarah Palin on SNL?

    4. What were your reactions to learning about the disadvantages of being a female comedian and the sexism in the industry?

    5. As an avid fan of 30 Rock, I know I was surprised by the continued hesitations about the show’s success and future. What is your opinion on that?

    6. Were you as shocked as I was to learn that Tina Fey does not have a driver’s license?

    7.

  • Olivia DelloStritto

    Oh my post got cut off before I finished my suggestions for the next session’s questions! Sorry I have a lot.

    7. What was your favorite of the “”Things I learned from Lorne Michaels”” (page 121)?

    8. What is the funniest part of the book or funniest part so far (if the next update isn’t to finish the book)?

    9. Were there any other revelations about Tina Fey that were a shock to you?

    10. What is your opinion on the whole Christmas with the in-law situation? Should they rotate Christmas in the country and Christmas in the city?

    11. Were you surprised at how stressful Tina’s life is with balancing work, her marriage, and raising a daughter?

    12. Do you think Tina Fey is concerned with how the media portrays her and how society views her? This is more in response to the Sarah Palin situation and then the whole breast-feeding debate.

    Sorry my questions aren’t in chronological order. I just wrote them as I thought of them and wasn’t sure how many I could submit for the contest. I might submit more later too if that’s okay, Lauren!

  • Lyndsey Kneebone

    This is a great read! So perfect fro summer as the continual laughing fits I am having are helping my abs get bikini-ready. I’m sure Tina would approve.

    1.) Though many readers are surprised that Tina is not as self-confident as they may I thought, I disagree. Tina strikes me as a person confident enough in herself to lay it all on the table and have people take it or leave it. I admire that and wish I could muster up her courage and ability to laugh and shrug off some “”flaws””. Humor can be such an easy way to mask insecurity and I feel Tina portrays herself as the Lady Napoleon Dynamite – go ‘head girl! Rock those snow boots!

    What did surprise me however is that she hasn’t mentioned how being a mother has effected her life, other than in pages 117 and 118. I’m looking forward to reading about being a crazy-balanced-working-babe-mom.

    2.) I nearly died reading “”All Girls Must Be Everything”” as Tina learns everything she needs to know about womanhood from her cousins. Let’s face it: girls compete way too much with each other. The term “”crotch biscuits”” will forever be burned into my brain. HA!

    3.) The manicure piece was hysterical and totally perfect. I will now forever imagine holding hands with my esthetician. Number 8 was classic for me as for the first 18 years of my life it was ponytail or Cher straight out of the essential five minute prep time I gave myself in the morning. Now as a twenty-something newlywed I have realized the importance of getting your hair in gear.

    Potential Part II Questions:

    – Tina acknowledges that comedy is not so much a man-dominated industry so much as it is anti-women industry (“”women aren’t funny””). How have you used Amy Poehler’s “”I don’t care if you like it”” attitude in your life? Why is it important for women to have this attitude in their line of work?

    – Which skill of Tina’s in “”Amazing, Gorgeous, Not Like That”” would you want to master most?

    – What is the hardest part about achieving balance between work, family time and personal growth? What piece of advice has Tina gave in “”Bossypants”” that will help you be balanced?

  • Lyndsey Kneebone

    iPad formatting–sorry >:(

  • Jaclyn Last name

    #1: I would have to agree with Lauren about the facts I find most suprising about Tina. The description of her marriage, child and her own family growing up is very eye-opening especially for fans of SNL and 30Rock. The stories with her father, Don Fey, are priceless- I would love to meet him!

    #2: The funniest memory so far for me was when Tina was 13 years old in Wildwood, NJ with her cousins and this is when she recalls learning everything she ever needed to know about womanhood. Before this, she had never thought about what could possibly be wrong about a woman’s body. The way she describes the “”things”” that could be wrong is hilarious!

    #3: My favorite rule from Tina’s “”Twelve Tenets of Looking Amazing Forever”” was #12 because it is so true! In the end, who really cares? I think beauty comes from within and that is exactly what Ms. Tina Fey is trying to say!

  • Jaclyn Last name

    Possible questions for our next discussion could be:

    How did you feel reading about Tina’s experiences as a female in the male dominated field of comedy?

    Tina’s description of being on a photoshoot was so hilarious- what was your favorite “”skill”” to master? And Lauren can you relate?

    As working women in today’s world, many of us “”juggle”” different roles in our lives. At the end of the book Tina talks about being a mom and working, what is your take on this subject and how do you “”juggle”” all the roles in your own life?

  • hollyinab

    Hi everyone!!!

    I hate to be the black sheep of the group but I have to speak my mind.. which is what you do in a book club :)

    I am not finding this book as entertaining as I thought it would be. I really like Tina Fey, she seems to have led a really interesting life, but there is really nothing that special, I expected better. There are some funny moments…but my life seems to have just as many funny moments! Hopefully the second half is entertaining!

    So to answer the questions:

    I also found the info about her scar surprising! What a crazy thing to happen! I also felt kinda bad about it, she really didn’t want to talk about it!
    I like her stories about working with Lorne Michaels. That was a funny relationship. He seems like a real character.
    My fav rule: Skin, Skin, Skin. I totally agree with her for most of these rules! Skin is #1. My friends thought I was crazy for taking great care of my skin and wearing creams in high school. I am so glad I did!!!Thanks Lauren! Just sharing my opinions :)

  • Michelle Brodie

    After reading the book my questions would be:

    What personality traits of Tina Fey do you find most inspiring?

    Why do you think she has been so successful in the show business/ industry?

    Great book, i love auto biographies… a fun read!!

  • Michelle Brodie

    Oops forgot to answer the original questions….

    1) The thing that suprised me most would have been that she wrote Mean Girls… it just goes to show she has such a wide range of skills!

    2) I had to laugh out loud when i read the part about her thinking her period would be blue, due to the commercials, very funny!

    3) I really like the who cares rule – to me this sums up the Tina Fey that comes across in interviews and tv. But i also liked the skin rule, if only every girl knew the importance of taking care of your skin at an early age

  • Megan Fisette

    I agree with the many other users about the scar. I never would’ve known about it either.

    I enjoyed where she describes her days with her gay theatre friends because I’ve done community and school plays for a long time so I feel like I can relate to her.

  • Megan Fisette

    (my previous post was #1, sorry I didn’t see the questions at first)

    2) I thought it was really funny when she passed twice out at her first gynecologist exam and she she said she was surprised she didn’t wake up speaking Spanish like Buzz Lightyear. That was just too funny to me.

    3) My fave tip was #9. I thought that her description of her wardrobe that consisted of oversize t-shirts, bike shorts, wrestling shoes, and fanny packs was hilarious.

    My question for you guys would be:

    There’s a part of the book where she talks about her daughter having a reversible Snow White/ Sleeping Beauty doll and her daughter would always turn the doll to the Sleeping Beauty side, while Tina would turn it back to the Snow White side. Because she felt that her daughter was believing a stereotypical perception that blondes are always prettier than brunettes. Do you think that this is a common stereotype/misconception? And why/why not?

  • Susan Westrell

    1. How she got her job at SNL.

    2. That Summer Showtime + Catholic schoolkids party. “”Get the dykes in the car!”” is pretty much one of the more amusing lines I’ve ever heard. And kind of demanding lolcats… >>

    3. #12. For just…everything about it, really.

  • Amalthea Myst

    I know I’m late but here we go!

    1. Not surprising so much, but interesting was hearing about her family. When I see Tina Fey on TV and in movies, I don’t really think about her real life, so hearing about how she grew up and her family was really neat to read about.

    2. My favorite funny parts was probably the whole chapter about her working at the YMCA. I just thought that whole chapter was really funny and full af really hilarious characters that she either worked with or dealt with at the center.

    3. Besides the “”who cares”” rule my favorite is the “”try outside the box skin care solutions””. Who says bargaining with God isn’t a good beauty tip! Her next step could have been trading her soul! Lol!

    Overall the book has been really great, as Tina has a great sense of humor. Can’t wait for the next discussion!

  • Michelle Brodie

    Another question i thought of was:

    Has your perception of Tina Fey changed after reading the book? And if so, how?

    I know it has for me!

  • Sarah Teutsch

    I am only about 70 pages in, but absolutely love it! My dad told me to read it this summer, so I started it and am pleasantly surprised that I actually look forward to reading it (it’s hard for me to stay committed to books/reading in general haha). I just started following this website and almost peed when I saw that there was a book club on Bossypants (I’m a bit of a nerd haha but so excited)!!!! I loved reading about her father!!! You can tell how much she loves and appreciates the impact he has had on her life. He seems like such a strong willed man, with a mind of his own, and doesn’t put up with crap. DON FEY, what a man. I think it is really important for girls to have a good father figure in their life. I think her father helped her mold into the independent woman she is today, she doesn’t need to rely on a guy to define her. I think it’s absolutely fabulous! I can recall times trying to alter/change myself for a guy…so ridiculous! I love Don Fey and love Tina…made me appreciate my father’s impact as well!One of the funniest things I’ve read so far was actually within the first ten or so pages: She was talking about the moment when she knew she was a woman and wrote about the time a man drove by and yelled, “”Nice tits!”” and she replied with, “”Suck my d***!””. I thought it was funny considering she was only 13 years old at the time (badass! haha)haven’t gotten this far yet…woops!

  • Sarah Teutsch

    Oh boy that is a jumbled mess, I thought I had put that in separate paragraphs, but it clumped together!

  • Lisa Riley

    So far, the book has been mostly autobiographical. What facts about Tina Fey do you find most surprising? Despite being apart of the SNL cast and having her own show, I’m not sure why but it was surprising to me how much experience she had with drama, theater, improv etc. Again, I should have assumed this but I still found all her experience surprising. What’s your favorite (or should I say, funniest) memory Tina has shared so far? I loved reading about her experience with those types of rollers I’m sure we’ve all used that are like long rubber sticks. Her description of knowing that you shouldn’t brush out the curls, but always end up doing it, really struck a funny cord with me. I’ve dont that countless times! What was your favorite rule from Tina’s “”Twelve Tenets of Looking Amazing Forever””? (in the chapter titled “”The Secrets of Mommy’s Beauty”” on page 103) Having had my first child last year, I truly enjoyed this chapter. I honestly can’t say I had one favorite because they were all funny but I’d have to say the best one was “”who cares!!!””

  • Lisa Riley

    I agree with Sarah, the connection that she feels its uber important to have a strong father figure in your childs life and the fact that she is so indepenent and strong herself speaks volumes. I am most like my Dad and I look up to him in the same way that Tina Fey looks up to her Dad. My motto in life has been not to rely on a man (and I say that as a happily married woman who had her first baby last year!). I’d say I can definately identify with a lot of what she discusses in this book. Especially the way she describes how she felt immediately following giving birth. That chapter made me laugh the most. I could remember feeling the SAME way…overall LOVED this book!!!

  • Noring

    I am so glad you gave us this book to read!! By far one of my favs. I like know that we are not the only people with weird things to happen to us. One of my favorite parts in the first half is about her time when her mom was telling her about having a period!! (it’s not blue!!!) Thanks again Lauren for suggesting this book to us!

  • Jennifer Olland

    So far, the book has been mostly autobiographical. What facts about Tina Fey do you find most surprising?I found that her background regarding her upbringing was quite surprising, not that I was looking for an unhappy childhood in which her current career seeks to validate her life then or something, but more like how wonderfully successful someone can be with the right guidance and role models in their family.

    What’s your favorite (or should I say, funniest) memory Tina has shared so far? I die when she describes her time while employed with the YMCA, she is so good at describing the many personalities that she encounters and it’s almost as if I have encountered them myself! TOO funny, I really do laugh out loud reading about them!
    3. What was your favorite rule from Tina’s “”Twelve Tenets of Looking Amazing Forever””? (in the chapter titled “”The Secrets of Mommy’s Beauty”” on page 103)
    the most important rule that I especially must take heed to is “”who cares”” it really cements it for me, because we do so much just to look “”good””.

  • Jennifer Olland

    So far, the book has been mostly autobiographical. What facts about Tina Fey do you find most surprising?I found that her background regarding her upbringing was quite surprising, not that I was looking for an unhappy childhood in which her current career seeks to validate her life then or something, but more like how wonderfully successful someone can be with the right guidance and role models in their family.

    What’s your favorite (or should I say, funniest) memory Tina has shared so far? I die when she describes her time while employed with the YMCA, she is so good at describing the many personalities that she encounters and it’s almost as if I have encountered them myself! TOO funny, I really do laugh out loud reading about them!
    3. What was your favorite rule from Tina’s “”Twelve Tenets of Looking Amazing Forever””? (in the chapter titled “”The Secrets of Mommy’s Beauty”” on page 103)
    the most important rule that I especially must take heed to is “”who cares”” it really cements it for me, because we do so much just to look “”good””.

  • Carleigh Wallpe

    I would like to join! I was about to pick up this book in the airport, when my husband called to tell me to get my butt over there beacause our plane was boarding. LOL. Hopefully I can catch up, if not ill join in on the next book =]

    SO EXCITED!

  • Jamie Lynn Davis

    I am reading The Secret Life Of Bee’s I am half way though it and I must say it’s amazing! The movie was amazing to but the book just has way more info on what happens after alot of things that they didn’t show but that’s how it always is :)

  • saffy bt

    hahaha,so funny the picture.maybe its tina fey,but not her arm,duh! so hairy @ big arm,its ok if tina look like that? hahaha she made her self funny,good for her.

    thanks!

  • Layla Abidel

    I just want to start with your book lauren i want to read lauren style i thought that would be wonderful for me age

  • candyheyn

    1. most surprising for me was her relationship with her dad and her best friends in high school… she is so awesome, that i cant imagine her being unpopular at one point…

    2. definatly the party she went to with her friends

    3. rule no8 is definatly the best.. where she talks about managing her hair… i love it

    btw: thank you Lauren for this book club.. the book is amazing!

  • Jessi Reel

    1. I found it very interesting when she spoke about her scar. I never knew it was such a horrifying experience. I’ve always noticed it, but I guess I never thought about it much. Through the years of watching her, I’ve forgotten it was even there really. What was most interesting was how she has found she can characterize people based on how they approach her about the scar. I’d like to think that I’m one of the people who wouldn’t mention it until we were very close friends.

    2. The funniest memory was of her getting her period, but being confused because it wasn’t blue. HILARIOUS!

    3. “”A Woman’s Hair Is Her Crowning Glory””-the picture alone made me laugh out loud-especially because of how she led up to it. It’s funny, because I was kind of expecting actual beauty advice, but love the way she approached the topic. Bravo!

  • Sara Davis

    I just now saw this. I want to join! I saw this was for June. When is the next posting?

  • Nicole Mathew

    If anyone is interested in reading some other books while we wait for the 2nd one here, join my book club on Facebook! We just started last spring, and we love getting suggestions from others for the list! Read and Speak – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Read-Speak/151690028220057 Hope to see some of you there!

  • Carson K.

    we should do something with figment its a writing website

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