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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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    Gail TABERANCLE, NJ, United States 09-22-11
    Gail TABERANCLE, NJ, United States 09-22-11
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    "This Audiobook is a must listen"

    This book was so enjoyable, I'm going to listen again. There are many laugh out loud moments in Fey's performance which make the audiobook even better than the book itself. Her delivery is just so spot on. You actually feel like you're having a conversation with the author, lots of fun.

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    Ronald Verdi, NV, United States 09-21-11
    Ronald Verdi, NV, United States 09-21-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Clueless City Girl"

    I expected a few laughs from Tina, maybe even some behind the scenes gossip. Nothing. This woman gets her kicks from working in New York City. I find that sad. A great read for like minded career women who enjoy city life.

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    Thomas Steinmetz Park City, Utah 09-21-11
    Thomas Steinmetz Park City, Utah 09-21-11 Member Since 2005
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    What disappointed you about Bossypants?

    Great on SNL, great on 30 Rock, but really disappointing in print. I expected to laugh until I cried, but only moaned. Sorry, Tina.


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    Peter San Francisco, CA, United States 09-20-11
    Peter San Francisco, CA, United States 09-20-11 Member Since 2011

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    "Very funny, but not geared towards male readers"

    Tina Fey is a cross between Dennis Miller and David Letterman. Like Dennis Miller, she sprinkles references to pop-culture and TV events throughout the book (most of which I don't get). Like David Letterman, she loves lists ("The 7 Things every Girl needs to know about Knuckle Hair"). Sure, if you just want laugh-out-loud funny, this is a great book. OK, maybe that's a good reason by itself. Many of the stories were geared towards women in the entertainment industry, which leaves me out on both fronts. I found myself at times wanting to stop reading because I couldn't really identify with her story, and sometimes finding it all geared towards punch lines instead of finding out about what makes her tick. She's a comedy writer, right? But autobiographies need a bit more "thematic lines" as they say in music - a long story that ties together and brings out some depth and inner feeling. That was often lacking here. But Tina Fey probably deserves an Emmy just for her Sarah Palin imitation...

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    Julie Rocks 09-19-11
    Julie Rocks 09-19-11 Member Since 2005
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    "Loved it!"

    I know it's totally in my head but I actually felt like we were best best buds by the end of the book. It was great! I have listened to it 3 times already.

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    Anonsen Greenville, SC, United States 09-19-11
    Anonsen Greenville, SC, United States 09-19-11 Member Since 2011
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    "I've never laughed this hard in traffic"

    I bought this book after randomly listening to the sample. I'm so glad I did. I don't think I've ever laughed as hard listening to an audio book. Tina Fey is an amazing story teller. I loved it.

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    Douglas New York, NY, United States 09-19-11
    Douglas New York, NY, United States 09-19-11 Member Since 2011
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    Where does Bossypants rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'm fairly new to Audible, but it ranks high on my list.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bossypants?

    Towards the end of the book, the listening experience goes to another level that the book cannot. It gives a SNL clip in the audiobook.


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

    Tina Fey


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

    Moved? Not in particular, but the SNL clip definitely stood out to me.


    Any additional comments?

    Shows why listening to a book can bring the book experience to another level.

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    L Watson 09-15-11
    L Watson 09-15-11 Member Since 2008
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    "So great!"

    This book is so funny! She is hilarious & her book is terrific. If you like Tina, you'll LOVE this book.

    Read it!!

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    Daniel Phoenix, AZ, United States 09-13-11
    Daniel Phoenix, AZ, United States 09-13-11 Member Since 2005
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    "A bit of a turnoff"

    I like Tina Fey a little less after listening to this book. Maybe reading it would have been better than listening as she comes across kind of whiney and borderline neurotic. The parts about her youth and early career were hysterical and the Tina I like, but then everything seemed forced. Too much time complaining about a couple of ignorant people who made negative comments. So what? Every celebrity has their detractors. She should throw it out and start over from her college career.

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    Aly Tehachapi, California, United States 09-13-11
    Aly Tehachapi, California, United States 09-13-11

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    "5 hours, 32 minutes, and 24 seconds of genius."

    Tina Fey provides a comical memoir of growing up, going to school, getting involved in comedy through Second City (a comedy troupe in Chicago), her time on Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock, and then being a mom. I especially enjoyed her narrative of getting on SNL, battling sexism in comedy, and starting up 30 Rock. (I always enjoy these behind-the-scenes looks at programs I enjoy, and this is very good example.) Other parts, like her commentary on being a mom, was less a little exciting, although even there, the description of the breast milk militants was very funny.

    As a narrator, she reads the book wonderfully.

    Note on content: There is strong language strewn throughout and some sexual humor, so it won't be for everyone.

    Bottom line: It's a must read for comedy junkies.

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