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.
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"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)
With 3124 on my new SUV's odometer, I was laughing so hard listening to Tina that I clipped a cement highway divider driving to work.
That's not the funny part.
I kept on laughing.. Tina Fey is like comedic Oxytocin.
Buy this book. Keep both hands on the wheel.
Engineer / Pedantic Word Dork
I am enjoying this book just as much as 30 Rock. It's brilliant and not particularly sappy, and Tina Fey does the reading of the book credit as well (some authors are not such great readers, but this is certainly not the case!).
To those who can't seem to find the PDF mentioned occasionally in the audio book: you can download it from the "library" section right under to the link for the book. It's not essential, but it's nice.
Tired teacher. That is, REtired teacher.
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.
I loved this book so much that I didn't want to turn it off. I was listening to it while hiking at the mountain and I got some amused looks when passers-by saw me laughing out loud. It's funny, interesting, insightful and honest. My only disappointment is that it ended.
Don't listen to this book while driving. Telling the cop after an accident that an audiobook made you shoot coffee out your nose is not a good enough excuse apparently. A side note for people looking for the PDF, go to your library at audible look under the title (Bossypants) and right under that are the letters PDF. click on that and magically, the PDF shows up on your computer. taa-daa! Funny funny book
Absolutely awesome audiobook. It's almost always better when the author narrates their own book and in this case Tina's narrative definitely makes Bossypants one of the most enjoyable books I've listened to/read so far.
Her comments and jokes are witty and finely crafted, yet they're presented as an effortless, logical, and mostly hilarious conclusion to the situation she's in. It's everything you hoped it would be.
(Just FYI: the PDF she refers to in the audiobook can be downloaded from "my library" once you've bought the audiobook. )
She's just amazing and I thoroughly enjoyed this book! She takes us from her life as a kid in Philly to writing/starring/producing 30 Rock with the sharp wit and self deprecation that we've come to know her for. It's especially interesting to listen to what's going on behind the scenes at SNL or 30 Rock and how certain decisions were made (Sarah Palin, casting 30 Rock, etc...)
And of course, her asides are hilarious.
This is another book that I will listen to again and again. I bought this one because it was a best seller, having never watched her on SNL and watched 30 rock a handful of times I wasn't sure what to expect. This has changed me into a 30 Rock fan as well as a Tina Fey fan and I really hope she writes another book!
"A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one." - Jojen Reed. #ADanceWithDragons
If you like Tina Fey, you will like this title The book is simply entertaining to say the least, funny, witty, insightful and generally a feel-good book. Its one of those books that you will have you cracking up from the get go. The book chronicles her life and her rise to being 'Tina Fey' we all like to laugh with and at. Childhood, teenage years, a view of her parents, SNL, Sarah Palin skit and the 30 Rock. Utterly funny through and through and you will not find a section that you cannot find some laughs in. A great listen!
I am a clay sculptor and an art instructor at a community college. I mostly listen to audiobooks while I work in my home studio.
I enjoyed the start of the book but it won me over with the mom stuff. yeah.
I like Tina Fey generally, but I'm not a big fan of 30 Rock so I wasn't sure about the book. (for the record, I think the story lines are ridiculous, I think Alec Balwin is slightly annoying and I many of the 30 Rock jokes make me feel slightly uncomfortable.)
I didn't think this book had any of the problems that 30 Rock has. Tina Fey seemed a bit neurotic but mostly just funny. I like her sarcastic take on most things (exception being: She seems pretty amazed by Alec Baldwin in a way I don't get).
I was listening to the audiobook (earphones), in part, while my daughter napped. I laughed out loud several times and was actually worried that I'd wake her.
Like I said, I particularly laughed at some of the times she talked about being a working mom and the pressures of being a mom (working or otherwise) in society today. This stuff always gets me, because I found the first 6 months of motherhood to be really hard and I like hearing from otherwise successful people who also had a hard time. Especially if they make it seem ridiculous that other people made you feel bad then. yeah.
anyway, its pretty short. You should probably read it. the book generally had some pretty right-on moments that I haven't heard before. It wasn't heavily SNL, 30 Rock or even feminist (I wouldn't have minded the former or the latter). I kept feeling that she concisely poked at a bit of truth over and over again, in a way that was light, funny and real.
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