Bossypants by Tina Fey
Picking a favorite book is exceptionally hard for me, as I can pinpoint certain books that altered my way of thinking at several stages of my life. Books have always been catalysts for personal growth, so much so that I declared Literary Studies as my major in college. Matilda when I was 8, The Perks of Being a Wallflower when I was 16, Streetcar Named Desire when I was 20. They all instantly transport me back to that time in my life, and a specific enlightening moment about life and love. So you see why it's hard to choose. For me in this particular moment of my life, I had to pick Bossypants by Tina Fey. It's beautiful and hilarious and speaks to me on so many levels. As a mother, as someone trying to make their mark on the world, as a business owner, as a wife and friend. I laughed until I cried, and when I read the line about problem solving, "Is this person in between me and what I want to do? If the answer is no, ignore it and move on." So simple, and yet so powerful. It has become a sort of mantra for me navigating my way through a see of naysayers and copy-cats. If you're not a big reader, you can download the audio version narrated by Ms. Fey herself, which makes it even better!
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