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Bossypants | [Tina Fey]

Bossypants

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 these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....
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Why we think it's Essential - Witty, finely-crafted, and meant to be heard, Bossypants is one of my favorite audiobooks of all time. Tina Fey knows how to deliver a good punch-line – and does so hilariously throughout her memoir. Her self-deprecating humor shines through, and this half-memoir, half-stand-up routine left me laughing for all in the subway car to hear. From her days in the Second City comedy troupe, to Saturday Night Live, to Hollywood, Fey's stories and memories will leave you in stitches. —Jess

Publisher's Summary

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!

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2011 Tina Fey (P)2011 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Barbara I. Marshall 08-11-12 Member Since 2014
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    "But the Cover is so ugly"

    If you have never thought about listening to a book because you thought, well, whatever you thought, this book will change that!

    Tina Fey does the narration on her own book and there were so many times I was laughing out loud (more than just LOL). She has most definitely learned how to make lemonade out of the lemons and then learned how to sell it! I am so grateful that she is able to put into words how she sees (saw) things. She eloquently expresses many of my thoughts!

    Completely entertaining and I loved the PDF that was included. I will be listening to this quite a few times and seldom to do re-read or re-listen to books.

    What's funny, is even though I had seen great reviews of this book, I avoided it because the cover is so unattractive. After reading the book, I saw somewhere on the net a byte from her dad saying the book wouldn't do well because of the cover! Yeah, her humor is partly derived from her father.

    But you will enjoy it!

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    Casey Portland, OR, United States 08-11-12
    Casey Portland, OR, United States 08-11-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Tina Fey is Brilliant!"

    I bow down to Tina Fey. I so love how she makes no apologies for being a smart, outspoken, competitive woman! What a great role model!

    The book is one of the best on audible. Her characterization of the various voices is fantastic...the very reason I love audible vs. reading. The story is fantastic as well. She addresses all the stuff we want to hear about. Fantastic book!

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    S. Pittenger Cincinnati, OH USA 08-10-12
    S. Pittenger Cincinnati, OH USA 08-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "If You Like 30 Rock, You'll Love Bossypants"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Bossypants to be better than the print version?

    Tina Fey read this herself, so it must be funnier than the print version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tina Fey!


    What does Tina Fey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Tina delivers lines in her own style, and imitates the voices of people (like her dad) that the reader doesn't know.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    If you listened to this as an audiobook, you'd have to pull the car over due to laughing too hard to drive.


    Any additional comments?

    HILARIOUS.

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    Tracy Roswell, GA, United States 08-09-12
    Tracy Roswell, GA, United States 08-09-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Love me some Tina Fey"
    Where does Bossypants rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was one of the better books I have listened to. I was truly sad when it was over.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked hearing the rough side of Tina Fey. Hearing her struggle as she did, both with herself and with the world. I felt a connection.


    What about Tina Fey’s performance did you like?

    She knows herself well! I loved her comments that were "off camera" so to speak, almost mumbled, but still perfectly clear. It felt like I was having a conversation with a lousy listener.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There was a scene with Oprah Winfrey and Tina is juggling a million things and Oprah comments on her schedule - Tina Fey says "When Oprah Winfrey thinks you are too busy, you REALLY need to look at your life".
    I have heard that in my head DAILY since then! Love it!


    Any additional comments?

    Not a book if you want to hear Tina Fey do stand-up, but a great book to get to know her as a person. A funny, wonderful, smart, passionate, imperfect person.

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    P. Richie 08-09-12
    P. Richie 08-09-12

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    Was Bossypants worth the listening time?

    Of course Bossypants was worth the listening time and I do not regret spending the money for the book. I like autobiography's that are narrated by the author. It is written as if she is speaking to you at a social gathering with a bunch of asides. I know "asides" are a way that comics use to add interest and it works in some cases. In this narrative it was just a bit over done so that it made the story feel disjointed. However, it did give a little more insight into how she processes and I suppose that was the intention in the end. In hearing her life story (so far) you see that Tina has presented herself transparently in her body of work. Definitely not to say "see through" like you see right through her but more like she allows you to see into her core that is vulnerable and shows a great deal of strength at the same time. Outside she may be "bossypants",. inside she is boss of herself. Sometimes bosses are good sometimes they are bad but what she communicates here is that a "good" boss always learns - from good or bad. Kudos Tina!


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    Mihai Alexandru Bîrsan Iasi, Romania 08-09-12
    Mihai Alexandru Bîrsan Iasi, Romania 08-09-12 Member Since 2012
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    "«And if you're a man, thank you for buying» :)"
    What did you love best about Bossypants?

    I love Tina Fey and her work, and finding out about her background was a great experience.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I especially loved the part where she talks about her experiences and advice about improv. If you only read one thing in this book, read that. The next best thing is the story about Don Fey; go read that.My favorite quote from the book, however, if from another chapter and it's about how to be a good manager: "Hire talented people, then get out of their way!"


    Any additional comments?

    The sole reason I can only rate this 4/5 is because it's hard to understand all that stuff about vaginas! :-)

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    Dana V. 08-09-12
    Dana V. 08-09-12

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    "Great read!"
    What did you love best about Bossypants?

    Entertaining stories that were easy to get involved in and enjoy.


    What other book might you compare Bossypants to and why?

    I'm not sure I would call it a real comparison, but it makes me think of "Born Standing Up". I wouldn't consider Tina Fey a comic, but both are interesting looks at comedy.


    Have you listened to any of Tina Fey’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't listened to any other audio books narrated by her.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I don't know that I was moved, other than to laughter - and that comes throughout the entire book!


    Any additional comments?

    It's a wonderfully entertaining book. We listened to it on weekend trip, and it was perfect to listen to short pieces, and not feel like you were disconnected with the book. I will probably listen to it again!

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    Belinda Newark, NJ, United States 08-08-12
    Belinda Newark, NJ, United States 08-08-12 Member Since 2012
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    "The world behind the catch line..."
    What made the experience of listening to Bossypants the most enjoyable?

    Listening to Tina Fey narrate her own stories was the most enjoyable experience. You could hear her accentuate each moment/ funny story and go back those places in her memory while adding a funny twist.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have liked her to spend a little bit more time on the relationship between her and her husband....but I could also understand why she chose to keep it private....maybe a fictionalized version of it would have been funny.


    Which character – as performed by Tina Fey – was your favorite?

    I would say the description of her father because I could literally imagine how he was such a strict man. I also enjoyed her description of her college personality as she was discovering her talents and herself.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No extreme reaction. I did enjoy her debunking of her photoshoot experience. I always thought getting photographed for a magazine was luxurious, but I enjoyed her reality check about how vain it really is.......and how it is all and illusion. Now every time I watch her Garnier commercial I will know that it probably was not an enjoyable experience for her.


    Any additional comments?

    If you love Tina Fey and her comedy this is the book for you.

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    Jennifer SEATTLE, WA, United States 08-07-12
    Jennifer SEATTLE, WA, United States 08-07-12
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    What did you love best about Bossypants?

    Tina Fey's light, self-deprecating humor was a delight to listen to. I actually think that people who read the book missed out. You must listen to Tina Fey read her story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bossypants?

    So many snippets of fun from her hair to her clothing style--all of it very relatable.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are looking for some fun mind (ear?) candy, get this. I want to listen to it again.

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    Rachel AUSTIN, TX, United States 08-07-12
    Rachel AUSTIN, TX, United States 08-07-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Tina is amazing!"
    If you could sum up Bossypants in three words, what would they be?

    Humorous, Relatable, and Inspiring


    Any additional comments?

    This audiobook was very entertaining. I felt like I have gotten to really know what Tina Fay is all about. It was a treat to hear her narrate her own book.

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