Thursday, July 19, 2012

Snack Size: Funny Women

If I'm not reading YA, chances are I'm probably reading a crime novel (my love of crime fiction has surely been mentioned on here a few times) or an autobiography. Lately I've been on a bit bio-kick and have picked out three of my favourite, recent books by lovely, funny women. Each review is an easily-digestible 100 words.

Bossypants - Tina Fey
Published by Little, Brown, April 2011

Tina Fey needs no introduction. Alumni of The Second City and Saturday Night Live (where she was the first female head writer!). Emmy winning comedy writer and actress. Mother. Sarah Palin impersonator. Bossypants captures all of these moments and many more, as we are given insight into Fey’s childhood in Pennyslvania, background in summer stock theatre and later career success as a comedy writer and performer. As a huge 30 Rock fan, the sections covering this part of Fey’s life were of the most personal interest to me, though on the whole, Bossypants is a smart, (sometimes surprising) and seriously funny book and a candid look at comedy writing.

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (and Other Concerns) - Mindy Kaling
Published by Crown Archetype, November 2011

Mindy Kaling is freaking adorable. Prior to reading this, I had a pretty limited knowledge about her (that she was an actress and comedy writer who is a staff writer for the US version of The Office. I am now quite a Mindy fan! The book is a mix of memoir and comedy essays, as Mindy talks about being a ‘fat kid’ growing up and her love of fad diets, and writes about her progression from an ivy league graduate, a nanny in NYC to writing comedy full-time. Kaling’s writing is personable, funny and really enjoyable.

Bonus: Here’s a cute video of Mindy sharing what’s inside her closet

A Little Bit Wicked: Life, Love and Faith in Stages - Kristin Chenoweth
Published by Touchstone, April 2009
Kristin Chenowith talks faith, theatre and singing through your ‘hoo-hoo’. This is a fun read, and clearly written as a (mostly) humorous look at Chenowith’s  journey from Oklahoma to NYC and insight into her fascinating life. The story includes vignettes from Chenowith’s childhood (where she does speak quite candily about her adoption), her pageant days, her relationships (notably Marc Kudisch and Aaron Sorkin), her career (Chenowith is a Tony & Emmy winning actress) and her failed sitcom.  Some readers may not enjoy the non-linear narrative of the book (I do wish it was more chronological) but overall, it’s a charming read.

If you've read a good autobiography/memoir lately, let me know in the comments!
I love recommendations.


Holly Taylor said...

Surprisingly, I really enjoyed Bossypants and hope to read Mindy Kaling's book ASAP. Also, how awesome is Kristin Chenoweth?

Vegan YA Nerds said...

I definitely want to read the first two, I've only just discovered Mindy via The Office and have loved Tina for a while. Kritin seems to be popping up more in tv these days, so hers would be interesting too.

Also - love that video of Mindy's closet!

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