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Library Journal
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In her highly anticipated first book, Fey hilariously covers her childhood and coming-of-age; time at Chicago's Second City; years at Saturday Night Live (SNL) as a writer, "Weekend Update" cohost, and performer; development of 30 Rock; and ubiquitous role as Sarah Palin. She gives advice on raising an "achievement-oriented, obedient, drug-free, virgin adult," how to be a good boss and what she learned from SNL producer Lorne Michaels ("Never tell a crazy person he's crazy"), and breast-feeding ("If you choose not to love your baby enough to breast-feed, you can pump"). After portraying the queasy-factor of putting in contact lenses as somewhere between a breast self-exam and losing a tampon string, Fey writes, "If you are male, I would liken it to touching your own eyeball, and thank you for buying this book." Verdict Of Fey's Palin debut on SNL, which was viewed by ten million people, she explains, "You all watched a sketch about feminism and you didn't even realize it because of all the jokes." She accomplishes the same feat with her book. Highly recommended. [Four-city tour; see Prepub Alert, LJ 11/15/10.]-Anna Katterjohn, Library Journal (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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*Starred Review* Don't judge a book by its cover, or then again, maybe, in this case, do. Fey herself, hair gracefully blowing, perfectly made-up face resting on her . . . undeniably belonging-to-a-man arms. Of her many talents, perhaps the utmost is the ability to be funny both when condemning her morning breath (which, these days, she claims. smells like a snail left in the sun ) and slyly tapping hot-button political and feminist issues on the shoulder. This smartly written, satisfying compilation of essays is a delightful mishmash (a few stories have recently run in the New Yorker) of depictions of Fey as a child, on her honeymoon, as a chubby coed, and spending long days and nights in the real 30 Rock. Fey provides lots of script excerpts and insider info that TV fans will find interesting, such as the formerly unknow. male comedy writers pee in cups in their office. phenomenon, but there isn't really a bad apple in the bunch. Fey presents an earnest showcase of praise for fellow writers and comedians and for Sarah Palin's hairstylist. Fey has fearlessly clambered her way up the ranks of a man's world. But sigh not! This famously normal and fabulously talented celebrity still puts on her bossypants one leg at a time.--Bostrom, Anni. Copyright 2010 Booklist


Library Journal
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Besides covering her childhood, comedy apprenticeship at Second City, writing for and performing on Saturday Night Live, and producing and starring in 30 Rock, the brilliantly funny and smart Fey offers sage career advice for women trying to make it in a male-dominated workplace: "No pigtails, no tube tops. Cry sparingly." (LJ 4/1/11) (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.