Words cannot describe how much I love Tina Fey. The book starts with the synopsis of how a smart white woman got a writing job on SNL in order to give the show a bit of ‘diversity’. Tina writes about her childhood whilst being hilariously self-deprecating!
“What 19-year-old Virginia boy doesn’t want a wide-hipped, sarcastic Greek girl with short hair that’s permed on top?”. “What’s that you say? None of them want that? You are correct. So I spent four years attempting to charm the uninterested.”
I so believe that every woman should read this book. This hilarious book by British comedian Sara Pascoe was surprisingly insightful about the female body and psyche.
Out of all the books on this list, I strongly encourage you to read this one the most. It’ll change the way you think, if I could buy it for every woman in the world, then I would! If you are a fan of gender-equality then this is the book for you.
Three reasons I loved this book:
1) So much chat about Parks and Rec!
2) Finding out about Amy’s life before SNL.
3) All of Amy’s reflections on life and getting older. She refreshingly, does not give a monkey about getting older!
Either way, we both agree that ambivalence is a key to success. I will say it again. Ambivalence is key. You have to care about your work but not the result. You have to care about how good you and how good you feel, but now about how good people think you are or how good people think you look I realize this is extremely difficult. I am not saying I am particularly good at it. I’m like you. Or maybe you’er better at this and I am. You will never climb Career Mountain and get to the top and shout, ‘I made it!’ You will rarely feel done or complete or even successful Most people I know struggle with that complicated soup of feeling slighted on one hand and like a total fraud on the other. Our ego is a monster that loves to sit at the head of the table, and I have learned that my ego is just as rude and loud and hungry as everyone else’s. It doesn’t matter how much you get; you are left wanting more. Success is filled with MSG.
I was so pleased when one of my favourite ladies, Mindy Kaling, released her book ‘Why Not Me?’ after her brilliant first book ‘Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?’. The book is full of life lessons and real life anecdotes from her life. Everything she says is completely relatable!
I will leave you with one last piece of advice, which is: If you’ve got it, flaunt it. And if you don’t got it? Flaunt it. ‘Cause what are we even doing here if we’re not flaunting it? And that, my friends, shall go on my tombstone.
Emma’s book really hit me by surprise and instilled a lot of nostalgia in me. Talking about the good old days of MSN and body image problems – I could totally relate. Also lots of interesting information about the early stages of her career from interning to having a job with multiple hats.