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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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    Wendykenney. Mesa, AZ, United States 07-16-11
    Wendykenney. Mesa, AZ, United States 07-16-11
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    "As Paul Harvey used to say..."

    Love this book about Ms. T. Fey's life to date. You get the "rest of the story" about her time on Saturday Night Live and how she came to play Ms. Palin. Tina narrates this book herself and it's almost like a conversation with a friend, although this friend is funnier than hell. Very enjoyable listen. My only complaint, it was over too soon!! Thanks for sharing a little bit about your life Tina. You rock!

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    Bridget United States 07-15-11
    Bridget United States 07-15-11
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    "Be prepared to laugh!"

    I have always loved Tina Fey on SNL and 30 Rock, and I was excited about getting this book. Since she narrated it, I think it was much better as an audiobook then it would have been otherwise. Her inflections and tone make jokes out of seemingly flat text. I took a road trip, and normally can only listen to an audiobook for an hour or so before I get sleepy. I listened to this book all the way through! Her life stories were interesting, and she integrated so much of her sense of humor throughout that it made it a book I just "couldn't put down." A must listen to Tina Fey fans!

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    Chelsey Oberlin, OH, United States 07-15-11
    Chelsey Oberlin, OH, United States 07-15-11
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    "Smartypants"

    Bossypants is a fabulous audiobook--perhaps one of those books that is just as good, or better, in audio form than on the page (and I, a devout page-reader, say that very seldom.) Tina Fey herself narrates, so the tone is spot-on, and the content here is not just funny, but also very, very smart, self-reflective, and in places, quite moving.

    What surprised and gratified me most about this book is how skilled a memoirist Fey turns out to be. It's not just a collection of funny anecdotes--she brings a clear-eyed, frank, and nuanced eye to fraught matters of race, class, sexuality, and political differences, and she doesn't let herself off the hook in the process. Highlights of the narration, for me: her job at the YMCA in Chicago, the Palin impersonation period during the 2008 elections, and the arrival of her daughter. But the whole thing is really a treat. Listened to it on a long road trip and it carried me through.

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    Connie St. Petersburg, FL, United States 07-15-11
    Connie St. Petersburg, FL, United States 07-15-11 Member Since 2002
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    "Gotta love the title!"

    As a female in leadership (though not nearly as funny and not at all as famous as Tina) I appreciated hearing from Tina Fey on the development of her career. Of course the book makes you laugh out loud, but she shares her life lessons in a charming and candid way that adds depth and poignancy. It was a treat to listen to the Sarah Palin/Hillary Clinton skit again and to be let in on the behind the scenes development of Tina's Palin persona (not nearly as sinister as some might imagine!). I've determined that the rules for improv make great rules for life... never shut down another person's contribution... always add to it. I'm glad I listened.

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    Thomas Omaha, NE, United States 07-14-11
    Thomas Omaha, NE, United States 07-14-11
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    "Surprisingly insightful as well as funny!"

    I downloaded this book to serve as a light-hearted diversion while traveling. I got much more. It was very funny, but what pleased me most about the book were the many insightful gems that are embedded in her story. I want my 14 year-old daughter to listen to this book, to laugh at the stories as Tina relates her journey from teenage awkwardness to TV stardom, to hear all the honest self-deprecating comments, and her persistence in the face of struggles. Tina's narration was great and I took a lot more away from the book than a few good laughs. Thanks Tina!

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    Christopher Bayville, NJ, United States 07-12-11
    Christopher Bayville, NJ, United States 07-12-11
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    "Hazaa!"

    My wife asked me to waste... use... my monthly credit on this book for her. I agreed since I didn't have anything in my wishlist left. I kid, sort of. I found this book very entertaining. I was surprised to learn that Tina has a slight lisp that I never noticed before. Once I noticed it I could stop noticing it, but found kind of sexy at the same time. Strange I know.

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    Jenifer Minneapolis, MN, United States 07-11-11
    Jenifer Minneapolis, MN, United States 07-11-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Peed my pants a little"

    Awesome, awesome book! I only allowed myself to listen to it while walking or jogging and boy does my ass thank her! I loved Tina Fey before but have since converted to a full on stalker! She is hilar!

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    wn Clarksville, TN, United States 07-09-11
    wn Clarksville, TN, United States 07-09-11
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    "I usually go for fiction but..."

    I usually go for fiction - historical fiction - but I thoroughly enjoyed bossypants wit and light tone and hearing her story. Wonderfully easy to enjoy.

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    TEllen Dunedin, FL 07-08-11
    TEllen Dunedin, FL 07-08-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Wit, Talent, and Humility - unheard of but true"

    I just finished the audio version of Bossypants and loved every minute of it. I commute 4 hours per day in the car and this read made my ride enjoyable and put me in a better mood for work when I got in and after all energy and humor is sucked out of me by day....the ride home with Bossypants was just what the doctor needed after a long day. I honestly think the audio version is so much better because she relates very funny stories in her own voice making it seem like an old friend is telling you a funny story over coffee.

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    J. Mott Phoenix 07-07-11
    J. Mott Phoenix 07-07-11 Member Since 2012

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    "Fun"

    There is little doubt that Tina Fey is one of the funniest women in America. This book was just too short for me to get enough of her to fill out my understanding of what makes her so good at what she does. Maybe she is planning a "Pants2" and "Pants3" and felt she had to hold back.

    None-the-less, it was enjoyable to listen to her read her own book as I walked the dog. She has an easy way of playing off what could have been traumatic experiences for lesser folk. She is a feminist without being strident and doesn't demure from the fact that it's better to be the boss than to be the bossed. I like that Tina. What she doesn't do is attack - even with a sharp tongue - those who have stood in her way. I'm not sure if this is pure Tina or Tina holding back. The book left, perhaps, more questions about who she is than it answered. I'll look forward to the book she writes 15 years from now.

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