I don't often laugh out loud when I read (sometimes a book can eek out a smirk) but certainly, that was not the case when I read Bossypants by Tina Fey.  It was the October book for bookclub and quite interesting fodder for conversation.  For all of us bookish people, I think we were surprised that it delved into as much detail with regards to her career as it did, skipping lightly past her personal life, and focused as heavily on the role of women in comedy.  And even though we thought the pacing of the book was off with the chapters organized almost like individual short stories, we agreed that Tina is one who can actually get away with it.

Because she's hilarious - and hilarious in the laugh out loud sense.  Have you ever tried to write something funny?  I have but I don't think anyone actually notices my efforts because it doesn't read as funny.  She somehow pulls off this awkward but funny narration, cemented as her own through her 30 Rock portrayal of Liz Lemon, and inserts asides and self-deprecating remarks as though they belong in the text and aren't random, astericky side thought bubbles like I do.

And then there's the hard work.  I suppose that I was among the masses, awed by her celebrity and assuming that brains, good fortune and good looks graces her like it does with the lucky few.  I was wrong.  The girl works hard and has been working her whole life to get to where she is in her career.  It's definitely all sweat equity (okay, maybe 99% sweat equity and 1% luck).  What your parents, say is true - if you want something bad enough, you've got to work hard to get it.  And it applies to most everyone - 99.999999% of everyone.

So Bossypants = good bookclub material.  We've decided for the next book that we're going for a mystery or thriller.  Does anyone have suggestions for a book of this genre that would also incite lively discussion and discourse?