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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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    David sea cliff, NY, United States 03-05-12
    David sea cliff, NY, United States 03-05-12
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I love Tina Fay so my anticipation of reading this book was high, problably too high.
    The story of her life was interesting but I didn't really like the (what seemed to me) a forced


    Would you recommend Bossypants to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes I would recommend the book but would forwarn them about my criticisim so their
    expectation would be more sober than mine.


    What three words best describe Tina Fey’s voice?

    high, flip, delivered too fast.


    Do you think Bossypants needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. She is young still - Maybe 5 or 10 years from now when she has more expereinces under her belt - I am sure she will still be on the scene..


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    Maggie Petoskey, MI, United States 03-05-12
    Maggie Petoskey, MI, United States 03-05-12

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    What made the experience of listening to Bossypants the most enjoyable?

    Bossypants had so many short chapters, it was easy to listen to in bursts in between errands.


    What did you like best about this story?

    My favorite part of the story were the stories about Don Fey.


    What about Tina Fey’s performance did you like?

    I liked that Tina herself read the story. She knew it because it was hers and the delivery was great. However, I think Tina has a small lisp; it occasionally comes across.


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

    I did laugh out loud a few times while listening to this book. I thought the discussions of her wondering about another child were often sad.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jane 03-04-12
    Jane 03-04-12
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    "hilarious!"
    Would you listen to Bossypants again? Why?

    I already did listen to it again and I'm sure I will listen to it many more times. Love it - the funniest thing I have ever heard!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bossypants?

    The


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

    This was my first, but I will seek out others.


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

    I laughed (out loud in my car) hysterically for the whole book. Both times.


    Any additional comments?

    Please read it; it will add years to your life expectancy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Colleen San Diego, CA, United States 03-02-12
    Colleen San Diego, CA, United States 03-02-12
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    "Best Book"
    What made the experience of listening to Bossypants the most enjoyable?

    Tina Fey is all kinds of rad. I love her sense of humor


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tina Fey. Duh. She does a great job describing her parents and I loove how she describes Kim Kardashian.


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

    I haven't


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

    How honest she is about being a mom, wife and professional.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kelli Venice, FL, United States 03-01-12
    Kelli Venice, FL, United States 03-01-12 Member Since 2006

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    "Like Having a Glass of Wine with a Good Friend"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Bossypants to be better than the print version?

    Yes, Tina Fey is performer and her voice inflections during the audiobook performance make the book even funnier. The dramatic pauses and voice shifts give the stories a deeper resonance.


    What other book might you compare Bossypants to and why?

    I have not read anything like this book before. I hope it is the first of many.


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

    Fey brings a back-stage perspective to the world of SNL and Thirty Rock and how Loren Michaels manages these television shows.


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

    I listened to this book while gardening, and I was giggling out loud!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    JimBeamGirl73 03-01-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Love Tina Fey!!!"
    Would you listen to Bossypants again? Why?

    Yes I would. She has a great sense of humor and having Tina read her own book is perfect. Its nice to have every sarcastic comment in her voice!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bossypants?

    I love her talking about when she worked in a Chicago YMCA. I work at a Y and it is so funny to hear her take on it.


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

    Yes it was hard to stop listening to her. And I listen to books at work so I found my self laughing out loud and people looking at me funny.


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    Maggie 25 Walhowdon Way, Lebanon, NH 03766 02-29-12
    Maggie 25 Walhowdon Way, Lebanon, NH 03766 02-29-12
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    What made the experience of listening to Bossypants the most enjoyable?

    Listening to Tina Fey read this book is so entertaining. It's light and funny and very enjoyable.


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    Katie United States 02-28-12
    Katie United States 02-28-12 Member Since 2011
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would totally recommend this book - Tina is witty, charming and had me laughing throughout the entire book.


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

    Tina's voice really brings to book to life. Her enunciations on certain words and voices when telling stories really add to the book and make it more of a performance. I really enjoy Tina's voice and appreciate her humor more after listening to this book.


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

    This book made me laugh out loud multiple times, which got be some strange looks when I was out in public but it was worth it.


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    Adria lakeville, MN, United States 02-28-12
    Adria lakeville, MN, United States 02-28-12 Member Since 2012
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    "This book made me laugh."
    Would you listen to Bossypants again? Why?

    I would listen to this book again! In fact I have and enjoyed it just as much the second time around.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed hearing about the creative process on both SNL and 30 Rock.


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

    By far I enjoyed Sarah Palin the most.


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

    Yes I loved her reference to the crazy Sesame Street spot and her likening it to how women need to navigate in the male world of network television.


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    Aurora 02-26-12
    Aurora 02-26-12
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    "Is that supposed to be funny?"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People who like midless and vulgar shows.


    Has Bossypants turned you off from other books in this genre?

    It has never been my type of book. The only reason I bought it was because everyone seemed to like it and laugh a lot. I never laughed once. Really terrible!


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Tina Fey?

    It is best to have the author read it, especially when it is personal.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Bossypants?

    The whole book...it would have never seen the light.


    Any additional comments?

    I was hoping to get a laugh or something, but it is a mindless wandering of thoughts on how a description can be worst than the previous, and trying to make that pass as art or entertainment. Worthless. Do not spend your money on this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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