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Original Essays | September 15, 2014

Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel

There's this writer, William Shakespeare. Perhaps you've heard of him. He wrote this play, Romeo and Juliet. Maybe you've heard of it as well. It's... Continue »


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Bossypants by Tina Fey

Pamela Smith, January 3, 2013

One of the funniest books I've ever read. Not just 'laugh out loud' funny, but 'laugh until you have tears pouring down your face' funny. Fey covers a lot of ground in this faux-memoir: having a father with a larger-than-life personality; growing up doing community theatre; working in fields dominated by men; balancing family and career; and nightmarish vacation stories - all without any maudlin tendencies. I say 'faux', because it's so much more than just a repetition of events in the life of Tina Fey, it's how she views the world both due-to and in-spite-of those events. And she manages to do that with a sharp and unfailing wit. If you think memoirs are just navel gazing or self-aggrandizement, this is one to read. You'll finish the book with a renewed appreciation for the quirkiness of your own upbringing and the humor in everyday life. It might be cliched, but 'Bossypants' manages to be both legitimately entertaining and uplifting.
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