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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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    gerald Bay Harbor Islands, FL, United States 06-22-11
    gerald Bay Harbor Islands, FL, United States 06-22-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Bossypants"

    Very disappointed.. Tina Fey is one of my favorites performers, but her narrative is too "cute".
    She has so many interesting things to tell us but she rushes through, you would think she is in a hurry to finish reading the book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica Charleston, TN, United States 04-13-11
    Jessica Charleston, TN, United States 04-13-11
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    "Bossypants"

    I enjoy watching Tina Fey on 30 Rock and Saturday Night Live so I thought I would give her audiobook a try. It was funny and really lets you see into her life a little. Tina narrates it herself so it feels like she is telling you personally her story. I wish it was longer than 5 hours but that seems about typical for most bios. Warning there is a lot of language so it’s not one to put on in the car with the kids. Oh, make sure you download the PDF it goes with the book, I did not realize there was a PDF until she kept saying check the PDF at first I thought it was a joke but no there really is a PDF with this book. After you buy the book go into your library and find Bossypants. Under the title there is PDF click on it and save it. I wish all bios you get on audiobook would come with the pictures that are with the print book.

    24 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Utah 11-06-11
    Amazon Customer Utah 11-06-11 Member Since 2009

    tired teacher

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    "She Tells It Like It Is"

    Hahahahah. I laughed so hard. But Tina, in addition to being funny, is serious, tender and thoughtful, and at times a little vulgar. She certainly looks at the world in a different way from most of us. I have to admit I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Don't read it if you are overly sensitive about people speaking what is on their mind, or throwing in a few choice analogies and real life (gross) experiences. This book is not for children, but I think those of us who purport to be grown up can handle her frankness. I really enjoyed the backstage tour of many of her performances and projects. She is multi-talented.

    Tina does a great job of reading her own book. I can't imagine anyone else doing it justice.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Joel Mill Valley, CA, United States 10-25-11
    Joel Mill Valley, CA, United States 10-25-11

    Me, myself, and I.

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    "Exactly what I expected"

    I loved listening to this, even if I had hoped for something a bit funnier. Still very funny, Tina's small revelations shared throughout this story make for an interesting read/listen, and is definitely worth diving into.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Paul BROOKLYN, NY, United States 07-06-11
    Paul BROOKLYN, NY, United States 07-06-11 Member Since 2011

    Paul is a writer of things, such as plays. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of Metrosource and contributes regularly to "The Focus Group" on Sirius/XM OutQ.

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    "The Fey Pride Parade"

    There is so much to love about this memoir, which anyone who's interested in what it's really like to work your way up through the ranks of television comedy should find very illuminating, but I have to give particular kudos to the book for two reasons:

    1. As a gay reviewer, I found Fey's portrait of her many young gay friends figuring out their sexual identity's a nice combination of funny, sensitive and honest. The time in a gay person's life when he/she has either figured out their sexuality but not had sex or started experimenting sexually but is not sure what it means for their identity can be very confusing. The fact that Fey both manages to create portraits of these young people that both point out their foibles while acknowledging why they might be so en-foibled (yes, I made up that term) is like a successful high-wire act that incorporates a chair and a dog.

    2. Apropos of Audible, this is DEFINITELY a book that's worth hearing in the audio format, even if you've read it already. Fey's intonations, imitations and inflections are not only super-enjoyable if you're a Tina Fey fan but also add a richness to the text that's characteristic of writers who have experience writing for performers.

    "It is a testament to my parents that they never reacted negatively to the 4 year Pride parade that marched through their home." -Tina Fey, "Bossypants"

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Nanster 06-03-11
    Nanster 06-03-11
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    "Meh"

    Love Tina Fey but was disappointed with this book. Her narration, while expressive and enjoyable, contained so many sotto voce asides where the volume dropped off so much that it was difficult to hear, therefore I frequently missed portions of the material the first time around. I ended up having to skip backward and turn up the volume to hear those parts - very frustrating. Also, based on other reviews I was expecting laugh-out-loud funny, but this didn't deliver. If you like Tina, you'll like this; amusing, but not a "must read."

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    justin bozeman, MT, United States 04-12-11
    justin bozeman, MT, United States 04-12-11
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    "Warning for men."

    Tina fey launches another salvo in her feminist war on men by causing me to me to laugh my d-ck off. Inexcusable! They will be hearing from my lawyers.

    31 of 38 people found this review helpful
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    Chris - Audible Newark, NJ, United States 04-17-12
    Chris - Audible Newark, NJ, United States 04-17-12 Member Since 2011

    I'm an Audible editor, and I think this quote sums it up: "A voice is such a deep, personal reflection of character." - Daniel Day-Lewis

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    "I love Tina Fey."

    Well, I love her, but I’m not in love with her, you know? From Saturday Night Live, to 30 Rock, to movies, she can do no wrong, and continues to do no wrong in her memoir. It’s funny, it’s interesting, it’s self-deprecating, it’s relatable, and she is adorable. I definitely would have enjoyed more behind-the-scenes at SNL-type stories. As funny as the parts about her father, Don Fey, are (he sounds superhumanly cool), I would rather a tiny bit of dirt on what celebrities make bad hosts. This book is short and sweet.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron - Audible new york, NY, United States 04-26-11
    Aaron - Audible new york, NY, United States 04-26-11 Member Since 2011

    Social Media Misanthrope, audio book lover, wanna be spy, generally decent guy.

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    "Best book ever."

    Tina Fey is a genius. Could not stop listening, so much funnier when she reads it.

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Nadine Woodbridge, VA, United States 09-10-13
    Nadine Woodbridge, VA, United States 09-10-13

    Long commutes make for great listening time!

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    "Read the book, and STILL LOVED the audiobook!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Bossypants to be better than the print version?

    I'm not going to say that the audiobook was better than the print version, but there's nothing like hearing Tina tell her own story! And the clips of SNL just make everything even better!


    Any additional comments?

    Perhaps this doesn't matter to most, but I appreciate that Tina still managed to tell her whole life story and, yet, only minimally talked about her husband and children. Sometimes you can say a lot with every little if you do it right.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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