Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update", before "Sarah Palin", Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV.
She has seen both of those dreams come true.
At last, Tina Fey's story can be told. From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon - from the beginning of this paragraph to this final sentence.
Tina Fey reveals all, and proves what we've all suspected: you're no one until someone calls you bossy.
Includes special, never-before-solicited opinions on breastfeeding, princesses, Photoshop, the electoral process, and Italian rum cake!
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"I hope that's not really the cover. That's really going to hurt sales." (Don Fey, Father of Tina Fey)
"Do not print this glowing recommendation of Tina Fey's book until I've been dead a hundred years." (Mark Twain)
"Hilarious and insightful. Laugh-out-loud funny - oh no, a full moon. No! Arrgh! Get away from me! Save yourself!" (A Guy Turning into a Werewolf)
With 3124 on my new SUV's odometer, I was laughing so hard listening to Tina that I clipped a cement highway divider driving to work.
That's not the funny part.
I kept on laughing.. Tina Fey is like comedic Oxytocin.
Buy this book. Keep both hands on the wheel.
Engineer / Pedantic Word Dork
I am enjoying this book just as much as 30 Rock. It's brilliant and not particularly sappy, and Tina Fey does the reading of the book credit as well (some authors are not such great readers, but this is certainly not the case!).
To those who can't seem to find the PDF mentioned occasionally in the audio book: you can download it from the "library" section right under to the link for the book. It's not essential, but it's nice.
Absolutely awesome audiobook. It's almost always better when the author narrates their own book and in this case Tina's narrative definitely makes Bossypants one of the most enjoyable books I've listened to/read so far.
Her comments and jokes are witty and finely crafted, yet they're presented as an effortless, logical, and mostly hilarious conclusion to the situation she's in. It's everything you hoped it would be.
(Just FYI: the PDF she refers to in the audiobook can be downloaded from "my library" once you've bought the audiobook. )
I loved this book so much that I didn't want to turn it off. I was listening to it while hiking at the mountain and I got some amused looks when passers-by saw me laughing out loud. It's funny, interesting, insightful and honest. My only disappointment is that it ended.
Don't listen to this book while driving. Telling the cop after an accident that an audiobook made you shoot coffee out your nose is not a good enough excuse apparently. A side note for people looking for the PDF, go to your library at audible look under the title (Bossypants) and right under that are the letters PDF. click on that and magically, the PDF shows up on your computer. taa-daa! Funny funny book
Tired teacher. That is, REtired teacher.
Hahahahah. I laughed so hard. But Tina, in addition to being funny, is serious, tender and thoughtful, and at times a little vulgar. She certainly looks at the world in a different way from most of us. I have to admit I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Don't read it if you are overly sensitive about people speaking what is on their mind, or throwing in a few choice analogies and real life (gross) experiences. This book is not for children, but I think those of us who purport to be grown up can handle her frankness. I really enjoyed the backstage tour of many of her performances and projects. She is multi-talented.
Tina does a great job of reading her own book. I can't imagine anyone else doing it justice.
Paul is a writer of things, such as plays. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of Metrosource and contributes regularly to "The Focus Group" on Sirius/XM OutQ.
There is so much to love about this memoir, which anyone who's interested in what it's really like to work your way up through the ranks of television comedy should find very illuminating, but I have to give particular kudos to the book for two reasons:
1. As a gay reviewer, I found Fey's portrait of her many young gay friends figuring out their sexual identity's a nice combination of funny, sensitive and honest. The time in a gay person's life when he/she has either figured out their sexuality but not had sex or started experimenting sexually but is not sure what it means for their identity can be very confusing. The fact that Fey both manages to create portraits of these young people that both point out their foibles while acknowledging why they might be so en-foibled (yes, I made up that term) is like a successful high-wire act that incorporates a chair and a dog.
2. Apropos of Audible, this is DEFINITELY a book that's worth hearing in the audio format, even if you've read it already. Fey's intonations, imitations and inflections are not only super-enjoyable if you're a Tina Fey fan but also add a richness to the text that's characteristic of writers who have experience writing for performers.
"It is a testament to my parents that they never reacted negatively to the 4 year Pride parade that marched through their home." -Tina Fey, "Bossypants"
Say something about yourself!
I'm of the mindset that if you write a memoir you need to narrate the audiobook yourself (it's the one time I'll give bad narration a pass.) "Bossypants" is all the better because of Tina Fey's narration. She's incredibly engaging and her dry, self-deprecating humor will keep you laughing the whole way through. I'm a big fan of "SNL" and "30 Rock" so it was really interesting to get a behind-the-scenes look at the shows. And her opinion of Red Lobster Cheddar Bay biscuits is spot on!
This is another book that I will listen to again and again. I bought this one because it was a best seller, having never watched her on SNL and watched 30 rock a handful of times I wasn't sure what to expect. This has changed me into a 30 Rock fan as well as a Tina Fey fan and I really hope she writes another book!
She's just amazing and I thoroughly enjoyed this book! She takes us from her life as a kid in Philly to writing/starring/producing 30 Rock with the sharp wit and self deprecation that we've come to know her for. It's especially interesting to listen to what's going on behind the scenes at SNL or 30 Rock and how certain decisions were made (Sarah Palin, casting 30 Rock, etc...)
And of course, her asides are hilarious.
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