Monday, August 1, 2011

the best book I've read in awhile and a giveaway winner...

seriously. Bossypants by Tina Fey is the funniest book I've read in a long, long time [and I read a lot]. I devoured it and read it every chance I got over a two day period and then laughed like an idiot so much that DJ kept giving me deathstares [it's not my fault that the NYTimes articles he was reading weren't as amusing as my book].  Here are five excerpts that illustrate the wide breadth of topics covered and  of course I'd be remiss if I didn't share one of my personal favorites... 

"THE MOTHER'S PRAYER FOR ITS DAUGHTER"
First, Lord: No tattoos. May neither Chinese symbol for truth nor Winnie-the-Pooh holding the FSU logo stain her tender haunches. 
May she be Beautiful but not Damaged, for it’s the Damage that draws the creepy soccer coach’s eye, not the the Beauty. 
When the Crystal Meth is offered, 
May she remember the parents who cut her grapes in half 
And stick with Beer. 
Guide her, protect her 
When crossing the street, stepping onto boats, swimming in the ocean, swimming in pools, walking near pools, standing on the nearby subway platform, crossing 86th Street, stepping off of boats, using mall restrooms, getting on and off escalators, driving on country roads while arguing, leaning on large windows, walking in parking lots, riding Ferris wheels, roller-coasters, log flumes, or anything called “Hell Drop,” “Tower of Torture,” or “The Death Spiral Rock N’ Zero G Roll featuring Aerosmith,” and standing on any kind of balcony ever, anywhere, at any age. 
Lead her away from Acting but not all the way to Finance. 
Something where she can make her own hours but still feel intellectually fulfilled and get outside sometimes
And not have to wear high heels. 
What would that be, Lord? Architecture? Midwifery? Golf course design? I’m asking You because if I knew, I’d be doing it, Youdammit. 
May she play the Drums to the fiery rhythm of her Own Heart with the sinewy strength of her Own Arms, so she need Not Lie With Drummers. 
Grant her a Rough Patch from twelve to seventeen. 
Let her draw horses and be interested in Barbies for much too long, 
For Childhood is short -- a Tiger Flower blooming 
Magenta for one day -- 
And Adulthood is long and Dry-Humping in Cars will wait. 
O Lord, break the Internet forever, 
That she may be spared the misspelled invective of her peers 
And the online marketing campaign for Rape Hostel V: Girls Just Wanna Get Stabbed. 
And when she one day turns on me and calls me a Bitch in front of Hollister, 
Give me the strength, Lord, to yank her directly into a cab in front of her friends, 
For I will not have that Shit. I will not have it. 
And should she choose to be a Mother one day, be my eyes, Lord, 
That I may see her, lying on a blanket on the floor at 4:50 a.m., all-at-once exhausted, bored, and in love with the little creature whose poop is leaking up its back. 
“My mother did this for me once,” she will realize as she cleans feces off her baby’s neck. 
“My mother did this for me.” And the delayed gratitude will wash over her as it does each generation and she will make a Mental note to call me. And she will forget. 
But I’ll know, because I peeped it with Your God eyes. 
Amen.


oh Tina Fey, I love you.

Honestly, I will say though this is one of those cases where I want the actual book [ahem, DJ, feel free to run out and get that for me anytime now] as I think this is going to be a classic that I'll want on my bookshelf and that I'll want to underline and dogear and just pick up and flip through.

...in completely unrelated news...
Congrats to Tara for winning the UPrinting Giveaway I hosted last week! Tara, I'll be in touch with UPrinting and give them your info, thanks to everyone who entered.

9 comments:

melissa said...

I loved Bossypants too! Tina Fey is absolutely hilarious - I could not love her more.

Anna said...

Tina Fey is my idol. 30 Rock is one of the best shows EVER written. I seriously envy her sense of humor.

So bummed I lost your giveaway! Lol

Nikki said...

I loved that book! Just to hear all behind the scenes of SNL and 30 Rock was great. Add her humor, hilarious!

Christina said...

Well this is the second book I will be ready because of you. The first was One Day. Loved. I have heard such good things about Bossypants but never added it to my library que but now it is.

PS. I am reading the Hunger Game series and I giggle and make little noises and Sean gives me the same look. I can't help it! The books make me feel like I'm 15 again.

Candace said...

So many have loved this book which means it is probably time I read it. I love a good book.

Sara L. said...

haha What a great selection! This intrigues me to want to read more!

Tiffany said...

I LOVED Bossypants! She is so funny and it was just so refreshing to read a book written with such honesty. It made me like her more.

Ashley said...

i've seen this recommended so much. definitely need to add this to my list! i love tina fey!

Wiz said...

This really isnt the type of book I typically want to read but you may have just convinced me! Everyone seems to be raving about this book and I do love Tina Fey!

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