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)
Tina chooses to touch lightly on all they years of her life, but shines a light on the inner workings of comedy. Clearly she chose her stories to entertain us, but doesn't go in to the detail of a thorough autobiography. And, entertain us, she does. As a community theatre actress and comedienne, I found that her stories reflected the realities of performance. Both worlds still have a male bias, and it is persistence and placement (and usually appearance) that allow women to be successful.
I laughed so, so much - and recommended this to my daughter, and my friends in theatre!
I laughed like a lunatic listening to this audio book. It was classic Tina Fey comedy brilliance. If you like her show 30 Rock, you'll love this. If you haven't watched her show 30 Rock, watch it and then listen to this. If you've watched 30 Rock and didn't like it, something is wrong with you and that something will likely interfere with your enjoyment of this book.
I don't read summaries, book reviews or the backs of books, so I didn't expect this to be an autobiographical look at Tina Fey, but this was an added bonus. I like being able to one-up my boyfriend with trivia, which I am usually never able to do. Also, her insights on management, though intended to be funny, seem really useful. My work is certainly not comedy-related, but I think the "Yes And" strategy would probably be useful when dealing with people in a variety of contexts.
Her insights on being a woman who's trying to be something professionally are worthy of a special comment--she is right on. Women everywhere should listen to this, especially since strong, successful women who are willing to give advice are often hard to find.
If this was not read by Tina Fey herself, it would be sh*t. So glad that she read it for us.
I already have listened to this title twice; it's a very entertaining book.
One aspect that makes this audiobook outstanding is that there was effort to translate the content of the written text into a theatrical audio production. I wouldn't go so far as to say that it was dramatized, but her reading inflections and dynamism, celebrity impersonations, as well as a full recording from one of her SNL performances make this audiobook more than just a reading from a book -- it's an aural experience. If I ever had to a non-listener the advantage of audiobooks as opposed to the written word, this audiobook would be my choice for non-fiction readings.
Don't read the book on your own. Listen to the audiobook.
All of her stories.
motherhood and pregnancy
Nothing beats an audiobook narrated by the author, especially Tina Fey. You can't make up her phrases and jokes in your own voice.
I would recommend this audiobook to my friends because it is a kick in the pants!
I haven't read the print version but I absolutely loved hearing it in Tina Fey's own words. No one can talk about their own life story better than the person who lived it. She is hilarious!
It was all great!
Laughed a lot!
Fell out Laughing!
I really enjoyed hearing about Tina's life and her quirky way of explaining things. I loved hearing about the antics of 30 Rock and her time on SNL. Her angst about career and motherhood issues is so clearly similar to a lot of women. There will be a lot of women listening who will say - "someone gets me"!
When I read the physical book, I kept hearing her voice in my head while reading, but actually listening to her read the book to me was like sweet cream icing on a smooth carrot cake, served with vanilla ice cream. Just scrumptious!
Climbing up the mountain with the two boys, hoping to get lucky. I was listening with head phones and my husband had to tell me to be quiet because I was laughing so much!
The Secret of Success?
Thanks Tina for reading your book. It made the experience so enjoyable. I have loved your work and enjoyed hearing "the back story" from the original source!
I am a miracle worker. Doing what I can to choose love over fear.
A longer version so Tina did not have to sound like a non-stop talking doll. A loot of more laughs could be secured for all fans. This is not a memoir, but SNL on a sugar-rush.
Yes: On SNL or 30 rock
On audiobook? No.
Just "Tina, I love you, but I thought this was a memoir?"
If you are a die-hard fan and can never get enough by her book. If you like a book where you cannot get a break from Fey trying to be funny,
This was what I was expecting, enjoyable and light with a bunch of random stories. If you like 30 Rock and Tina Fey's style of humor its great and you wont regret it. I was surprised that the person she is in 30 Rock seems to be who she really is in real life.
I would recommend this book to a friend looking for a funny listen....although there is not much of a "story". The fact Tina Fey is the narrator makes the book.
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