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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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Audible Editor Reviews

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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    Pamela Fairbanks, AK, USA 07-22-12
    Pamela Fairbanks, AK, USA 07-22-12 Member Since 2014
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    "A fun listen"
    If you could sum up Bossypants in three words, what would they be?

    fun, fast, easy


    What did you like best about this story?

    To my daughter


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

    Sarah Palin


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

    Oh, it made me laugh throughout.


    Any additional comments?

    It was great to hear Tina narrate it herself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly Madison, WI, United States 07-19-12
    Kelly Madison, WI, United States 07-19-12
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    "Loved hearing Tina read her own story"
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    I am convinced that listening to Tina read this book would be better than reading it. Her impressions and inflections make it so much better. Fantastic!

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    Susan Millsboro, DE, United States 07-17-12
    Susan Millsboro, DE, United States 07-17-12
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    "Entertaining"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, but mainly if the friend is a fan of Tina Fey or enjoys watching her performances. I loved it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved hearing the actual Saturday Night Live skits of Tina Fey playing Sarah Palin and how that came about.


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

    I'm sure the book would have been as entertaining to read, but there is nothing like hearing Tina reading it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Bloomsdale, MO 07-17-12
    Amazon Customer Bloomsdale, MO 07-17-12 Member Since 2012

    Wife, Mother, Farmer, Nurse Practitoner.

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    "INEXCUSABLE!"
    Would you listen to Bossypants again? Why?

    This is a book you could listen to over and over and never tire of the hilarity. A great glimpse into the world of a nerdy kid who made it to the show....and is now running it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bossypants?

    The chapters on her father, Don Fey are some of the most honest, forthright and hilarious I have ever heard. Her devotion to the gay community is heartwarming and her candor about her relationships, both platonic and romantic are muddled with humor and reality.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    BH SOUTH PASADENA, CA, United States 07-13-12
    BH SOUTH PASADENA, CA, United States 07-13-12
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    "Am I a Bad Person for not liking this book?"
    Any additional comments?

    I'd heard the praise. I'd read the hype. So when I decided to buy an audiobook, this was my first purchase. I listened to it on a long drive, during which time I found myself thinking about housework left undone at home, cabins I'd visited as a child, how awful it must be to contract Ebola. At first I thought I just couldn't focus on an audiobook. (I've since been absolutely riveted by other audiobooks.) I love Tina Fey and it feels blasphemous to give her anything but 5 stars, but I got really tired of the my-life-is-great-now-I'm-going-to-make-fun-of-it format.

    I didn't finish it.

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    Hardip Newark, CA, United States 07-11-12
    Hardip Newark, CA, United States 07-11-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Funny, touching and insightful. Bravo!"
    What made the experience of listening to Bossypants the most enjoyable?

    Tina Fey is a terrific narrator. I couldn't wait to get in my car to listen to the next chapter.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bossypants?

    When she talks about her dad and scar. Unexpected personal and touching moments.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Loren NEW HYDE PARK, NY, United States 07-11-12
    Loren NEW HYDE PARK, NY, United States 07-11-12 Member Since 2011
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    "love that Tina Fey..."
    Where does Bossypants rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was cute, especially her own tales of growing up with a strong Dad. Loved the vignettes about her childhood & comparing that to her and her husband's dealing w/ their child.


    What about Tina Fey’s performance did you like?

    It was like a friend telling a story over coffee.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    CBlox Las Vegas, NV 07-10-12
    CBlox Las Vegas, NV 07-10-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Fast-paced hilalrious peak into Fey's life"

    This book moves really fast! I just had a 6-hour road trip that felt like 2 hours because I blew through this book. Fey has a good voice for narration and spoke quite fast which helped push the flow of the audio book. I appreciated the background she gave into how 30 Rock came into existance how her Sarah Palin impersonation evolved into cult legend.
    Fey doesnt pull any punches in this biography. Her self depricating personality shines through and illumniates her wit and crudeness.
    Even if you dont see eye to eye with her more liberal views this book can be for every adult who lived thorugh the 80s.
    Thanks Tina for your insight into feminisim in comedy!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nancela 07-10-12
    Nancela 07-10-12 Member Since 2009

    insatiable reader

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    "Laughed So Hard"
    What made the experience of listening to Bossypants the most enjoyable?

    Most enjoyable was Tina Fey's delivery. In several places I was laughing so hard I had to stop listening for a moment so I could catch my breath


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There are several memorable characters, but the Chapter about her Dad, entitled "Don Fey"
    was quite memorable.


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

    THE Tina Fey character, of course, is Sarah Palin. I found it especially interesting (and funny) to discover the genesis of this character and Ms. Fey's original resistance to doing this bit. Also interesting was listening to her tell how she 'studied', so to speak, to take on the characteristics of Ms. Palin and their subsequent meeting on SNL


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

    Well, I laughed pretty darn hard...so hard that I was almost crying. I'd say that's extreme


    Any additional comments?

    I really wasn't a "fan" of Tina Fey. I've never seen 30 Rock or knew that she was actually involved with it. Of course, with all the coverage of her Sarah Palin impression during that campaign, I was quite aware of who she was and had seen her on SNL. But I think she did a great job with this book, interspersing memories of growing up, learning improve, moving "up" in the business AND marriage, childbirth & motherhood. It's a lot of ground to cover and keep the listener interested throughout, but she does a great job and I recommend this book for a good laugh

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    "I just did not enjoy it nearly as much as hoped"
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    I got this book based on positive review by Leo Laporte. However, the book is really geared toward women. I love Tina, and 30 Rock, but this book was not for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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