Tina Fey is garnering some of the most admiring reviews since her take-off on Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live during the 2008 election campaign. Only this time, they're coming from book reviewers, who are praising her comedic writing skills in her new book, Bossypants , out today (Tuesday). Clearly Fey is able to extract humor from the sometimes venomous anger that has been directed at her by some conservatives on dozens -- perhaps hundreds -- of websites. In a chapter titled "Dear Internet" she includes one such onslaught "Tina Fey is an ugly, pear-shaped, bitchy, overrated troll." She then responds "To say I'm an overrated troll, when you have never even seen me guard a bridge, is patently unfair." The New York Times 's veteran critic Janet Maslin argues that the image of Fey that actually comes across in her book is that of "a smart, unyielding woman who has forced her way to the top of what is usually a man's profession." Maslin calls the book, "a spiky blend of humor, introspection, critical thinking and Nora Ephron-isms for a new generation." Craig Wilson begins his review in USA Today by remarking, "It's not every day you read something that makes you laugh out loud every other page. Then again, Tina Fey doesn't write a book every day. Maybe she should." And here's how Los Angeles Times TV critic Mary McNamara ends her review of Bossypants "People will buy it in hopes that it is funny, and that it is, my friends, that it is. Amazingly, absurdly, deliriously funny. Everything you would hope for from this book -- it's impossible to put down, you will laugh until you cry, you will wish it were longer, you can't wait to hand it to every friend you have -- is true."

05/04/2011