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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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    Frank Long Beach, CA, United States 04-11-11
    Frank Long Beach, CA, United States 04-11-11
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    "Enjoyable but thin"

    I did enjoy listening to this but was a little let down. I think Tina Fey and 30 Rock are the two best things on television these days. However the book is surprisingly thin on details that I would be more interested in-- related to her work at SNL or the development of 30 Rock (or even how she met her husband and what working together on the show is like). She talks about it, but not much, not about how she approaches writing, what she finds funny, how she came up with the character ideas for her show, etc. And it feels a little padded in some places with complete audio clips (printed transcripts in the book) of sketches.

    Fey is extremely likable and funny, so it's definitely worth a listen--but I was hoping for a bit more.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Don Madison, WI, United States 05-03-11
    Don Madison, WI, United States 05-03-11 Member Since 2011
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    "overrated"

    I wasn't very interested or amused in the long first section detailing her early life, or her parenting. I thought the reading was flat and uninteresting. The most enjoyable sections talked about her years with Saturday Night Live, and the Sarah Palin impersonation. Many jokes and sections that are probably more funny if you are a woman.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    glamazon The Coast of Rhode Island 04-16-11
    glamazon The Coast of Rhode Island 04-16-11 Member Since 2003

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    "Funny but not that original"

    I am not into SNL nor 30 Rock at present, so I have not been a part of the Tina Fey cult. I found this book to be amusing but not THAT funny nor terribly original (except for the part about peeing in cups). It's in the genre of Carrie Fisher, Sarah Silverman, and other SNL graduates. If you're comfy with that kind of content and tone, you'll get a ton of laughs out of this, but it took me at least an hour to even smile once. Perhaps I am too jaded by comedic as well as serious memoirs about life growing up in the 70's and 80's. It seems these people had a lot of the same issues and I am used to listening to the same stuff just dressed differently in different story lines and circumstances.

    Although I did like the way her voice receded when dealing with difficult or embarrassing situations, Fey has very little grasp of timing and delivers her material as though she's in some sort of speed reading marathon and being judged by a stop watch. I just kept wanting to say, like the classic policeman giving a traffic ticket, "where's the fire?" I've listened to a radio interview with her and it's all the same - talking at lightning speed.

    But it's a good five-hour laugh.

    5 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine Bryn Mawr, PA, United States 01-08-12
    Catherine Bryn Mawr, PA, United States 01-08-12 Member Since 2005
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    "enough, already"

    Not at all original or funny; I quit listening when it was clear she was going to inflict a confessional on us about The Day I Got My Period. REALLY, girls/ladies/women...we can't be more original than that??? We're past the 19th century, and we do have the vote!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Yanson Ching Australia 04-23-11
    Yanson Ching Australia 04-23-11 Member Since 2003
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    "Funny but bad audio production"

    Book is very funny, and the PDF that goes with the audiobook is great. However, the audio production is really bad. There is so much echo, I feel like Tina Fey is sitting in a middle of a plaza doing her recording into a dictaphone...!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Bethlehem, PA, United States 04-22-11
    Michael Bethlehem, PA, United States 04-22-11 Listener Since 2004
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    "Mildly funny, not hilarioius"

    I like Tina Fey very much and after reading the reviews here, was let down with this book. It is worth a chuckle now and then, but absolutely not hilarious (I think 30 Rock is hilarious). I would have liked a lot more on how Saturday Night Live worked behind the scenes and not as much on the Sarah Palin thing (one little thing that played THE major part in this book).
    It is not really an autobiography, either. Tina tells about some aspects of her life and skips volumes. I was a little puzzled she talked so much about her father and nearly nothing about her mother.
    Still, I think it was worth burning a credit on.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Caro Miami 04-09-11
    Caro Miami 04-09-11 Member Since 2004
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    "The Best"

    When it comes to books written by comedians and funny people, I've read every one I could get my hands on, including Steve Martin, Jon Stewart, etc. -- and this is the BEST. Better than funny: smart and honest (even when she lies). I'm going to listen to it again.

    But where is that pdf???? Is that a joke?



    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Miss K St. Charles, IL United States 07-19-14
    Miss K St. Charles, IL United States 07-19-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Not up to the hype"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who wants to hear Tina talk about her childhood - a lot.


    What was most disappointing about Tina Fey’s story?

    It was pretty ho-hum.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The voice and overall tone detracted. Odd whispering portions that I can only assume were supposed to be asides were hard to understand.


    What character would you cut from Bossypants?

    Tina Fey's, sadly


    Any additional comments?

    I really wanted to like this book, but I just thought it was awful.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    spcanyon 07-11-14
    spcanyon 07-11-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Boring...self indulgent!"
    What disappointed you about Bossypants?

    This book was a waste of hard earned money. I couldn't even finish it


    Would you ever listen to anything by Tina Fey again?

    No


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dominique MESA, ARIZONA, United States 03-12-13
    Dominique MESA, ARIZONA, United States 03-12-13
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    "Smart and hilarious."
    If you could sum up Bossypants in three words, what would they be?

    Clever, relatable, comical


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

    "No one ever told me that period blood was NOT blue!" I was cracking up.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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