The word “pants” is funny. It just is.*

Bossypants by Tina Fey
It’s practically indecent to love an audiobook this much. This is a 6-star audiobook on a 5-star scale.
It’s by Tina Fey.
Enough said, right?
Yet I go on…
The audiobook version of this book is so fabulous I really can’t imagine reading the (printed) book instead. Because hearing Tina Fey read her own book (with great style, people) infuses the whole darn thing with even more humor than the words on the page would carry. She knows how to deliver a sentence. She delivers a whole book full of them.
The book is a bunch of stories about her life—from tales about her uber-cool dad Don Fey (and a particularly memorable childhood trip when he left her—on purpose—at the store) to her Second City days to SNL and on to 30 Rock. Plus, her early life as a geek girl, her somewhat calamitous honeymoon (there are lifeboats in this story), the challenges of breastfeeding, and her Sarah Palin impression (which emerged out of relatively little preparation and is enormously fun to hear about).

Perhaps my favorite line from the book: “I proceeded with the blithe confidence of a moron.” (disc 4, track 2) Here she’s describing the lead-up to launching 30 Rock, and she compares herself to a baby happily crawling down a busy street with a complete lack of awareness of the myriad perils. It tickles me. It really does.
So I’m superglad this is turning out to be one of those books people are excited about and that’s displayed in airport bookstores. (Usually most of those airport bookstore books really make me happy I’m hauling around my own weight in my own books when I travel.)
The audiobook: 5.5 hours; read by the author

* Witness: Worldwide Pants, Inc.; Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants; Spongebob SquarepantsI rest my case.

6 thoughts on “The word “pants” is funny. It just is.*

  1. This sounds great! I was thinking about picking this up but didn't consider getting it as an audiobook… Hmm. Something to consider.

    Also, after reading your musings on the word pants, I laughed out loud when Worldwide Pants came up at the end of the video. Thanks for the laugh!

  2. Meg

    Um, sold. I'm not sure if it's possible to love Tina Fey any more than I already do, but I have a feeling this audio might elevate my obsession to stalker-like levels!

    I consider myself a bit of a Liz Lemon… but then again, don't we all?

  3. Meg — The weird thing is that I listened to the audiobook before ever having seen 30 Rock (which I'm now nearly caught up on, due to some compulsive DVD viewing that has stepped on my reading time. Priorities.) And I loved it even without having the newer references.

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