Bossypants by Tina Fey Discussion Questions
In case you’re in the same boat as I was and couldn’t find book club discussion questions for Bossypants anywhere, here are the book club discussion questions I came up with for our meeting. You can also check out my review of Bossypants here. If these discussion questions are helpful, please leave me a comment and let me know:
- How much did you know about Tina Fey before reading Bossypants? Did the book change your perception of her? Is your overall impression of Fey better or worse since reading the book?
- Fey is very open and honest about her self-image and quest to fit in throughout her life. She also uses a lot of self-deprecating humor when she discusses her self-image and looks. Did her struggles surprise you? If so, what parts did you find most unexpected or impacting?
- In the chapter titled “Growing Up and Liking It”, Fey asks the questions “When did you first know you were a women?”. In her experience with a group of women she recounted that, “almost everyone first realized they were becoming a grown woman when some dude did something nasty to them.” Does this resonate with your personal experience? If not, what was it that first make you realize you were were a woman?
- Fey spends a lot of time focusing on being a woman in the book; from being a working mom, to self-image, to working in a male dominated industry. What parts of Fey’s perspective on being a woman did you find most interesting? Were there parts that you could or couldn’t relate to?
- In the book, Fey discounts the idea that the images we see in magazines, on television, billboards, etc. are causing women to have self-image problems. On page 201 she says, “I think that we will soon see a rise in anorexia in women over seventy. Because only people over seventy are fooled by Photoshop.” Do you agree or disagree?
- Bossypants is written in a essay format, where each chapter focuses on a different topic or phase of her life. How did you like this style/format? Did you feel like anything was missing or left out because the books wasn’t one fluid story? Did you have a favorite section or a least favorite section?
- Fey addresses many issue in the book, including feminism, being a woman, how not to go on a cruise, motherhood, self-image, and leadership. If you could pick one central theme from the book what do you think it was? Do you feel like you learned anything from reading the book?
- Fey spends several chapters of the book discussion motherhood? Were there any parts of her perspective that surprised you? Were there any parts that you disagreed with?
- Satire and sarcasm hold a prominent place in the world of comedy today. What are your views on the use of these two techniques? Did your views on satire and sarcasm effect how you feel about the book?
- After reading the book did you feel like the title Bossypants is appropriate? Why or why not? Why do you think Fey chose that title? Did you find that the harry arms on the cover got any less disturbing after you read the book?
If you find these questions useful for your group or have questions you would add, please leave me a comment and let me know!