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)
I liked that Tina Fey narrated the book, she made it bearable.
From the reviews I expected to piss my pants from the joke and also I think Tina Fey is hilarious. Maybe I went in with too much expectations. The book had its moments. I'd recommend it if you want a light read without having to pay too much attention to the story. Overall it was ok, nothing over the top.
Too childish. It is supposed to be a funny one, but she forces it too much...
It is written in a breezy style that moves from one subject to another rather quickly. When listened to in short periods of time, you can "digest" sections/chapters without worrying that when you resume later, you won't be "lost" as to where you are in a longer storyline.
Bill O'Rielly's books (and Steve Martin's "Cruel Shoes") are easlily digested in short periods because of the nature of telling short stories.
Can't think of any one scene.
Several of Tina's candid telling of unsettling and/or unpleasant memories demonstrated her strenght in overcoming obstacles in her life were particularly inspiring.
Yes, because it's a good book.
"30 Rock - The Scripts"
Young Tina Fey
While walking, listening, and laughing to her hysterical stories I ran into some poisonous bushes and received a terrible rash.
The rash is currently retreating but my thorough enjoyment of the book still exists.
If there were an actual story worth reading--that would be a start. I usually avoid celebrity novels, but I was in the mood for something funny, having read and listened to David Sedaris over and over again one too many times, and this did NOT fit the bill.
This felt like someone handed Fey a book contract and a hefty advance, and then she had to come up with something to fill the pages with. Fey is an interesting and lovely woman, but a few hundred pages about her life is a bit much, at least as this book is written. The highlights could have been covered in a magazine article or two. Her humor is present, but it feels pretty forced at times. She is clearly more suited to writing for TV than in book form.
Tina Fey's reading of the book was pretty good. She has an appealing voice, and I love her work on 30 Rock so it reminded me of the show.
I'd have cut most of the book.
There were certainly some funny moments, and I enjoyed getting some insight on Fey. The stories about her dad were fascinating. However, most of the book was totally unmemorable.
It was lightly entertaining. Interesting story about her growing up, and how she entered show business.
A little choppy
Her reading the book.
Maybe in 10-15 years
This book delivers what readers expect: behind the scenes stories about SNL and 30 Rock in a funny, engaging voice. Tina Fey comes across as an ordinary person who works extremely hard and happens to have a talent that brings attention and large financial rewards in today's society. I would have happily listened to three times as much.
Humorous, Insightful, Self-Deprecating
This book can easily be broken down, chapter by chapter, to listen to over your commute to work. However, I enjoyed it in almost two sittings while completely some repetitive but necessary tasks at work. Fey was able to keep me from going insane while completing these ridiculous tasks; something I think she would be proud of.
Tina's performance was lively and energetic. I often found myself laughing out loud in the train. My only criticism is that it was sometimes hard to hear what she was saying, almost bordering on mumbling.
Prolific reader, writer of short stories, novels and non-fiction.
Yes, I'd recommend it. There is a good balance of humour, life lessons, and insight into the comedy 'biz'. Tina has such a pleasant voice, she's never snarky and she doesn't take herself too seriously. The pacing was excellent - I listened to Bossypants on my daily walks and lost track of how far I'd gone, it was that good. There was just enough name-dropping, too.
Tina stories about her father were warm, funny and respectful. They gave a good backdrop to her character. The scenes about her husband's experiences with fear of flying were funny and touching, and showed her as a considerate, caring woman who wasn't just out for laughs.
It made me laugh out loud. It reminded me that famous people are just that - people.
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