Lisa Brown, June 30, 2011
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Another audiobook (my commute feels productive again!), thanks to which I finally realized that, just like me, Tina Fey has a slight lisp. I feel newly bonded to her, like kindred spirits, and I am reminded that one of my very best friends has at times referred to me as her Liz Lemon (as we are both smart, funny, and utterly hapless).
I expected to enjoy this book, but I ended up getting a lot more out of it than I thought I would. I hadn't realized that Fey's quite the feminist, and while I don't self-identify as such, a lot of what she has to say resonates in a way I can appreciate. Far from simply a strong female voice or an entertaining woman's perspective, hers is a strong voice. Period.
If I had a daughter, I would encourage her to read it in the hopes that she might find a role model of her own gender early on. If I had a son, I'd encourage him to read it so that he might empathize with women in seemingly male-dominated professions, as well as working mothers. Plus, it's really funny, and my kids will enjoy reading, dammit, or I shall disown them.
Also, the stuff about the 2008 election is pretty fantastic.