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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 Library section along with the audio.

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

Critic Reviews

"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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Hilarious

Would you listen to Bossypants again? Why?

Maybe

What did you like best about this story?

Loved hearing Tina's story and the behind the scenes stories about 30 Rock and SNL. I love both shows so the back stories are fun to hear.

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

This was my first.

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

Cracking up laughing in my car.

Any additional comments?

Would definitely recommend.

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  • Mary H
  • San Diego, CA
  • 11-26-14

Not Funny

What disappointed you about Bossypants?

Not funny

What was most disappointing about Tina Fey’s story?

This was one of my first purchases and I didn't like it. I wasn't aware of the guarantee/exchange program.

Any additional comments?

Just did not like.

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  • Delilah
  • Little Ferry, NJ
  • 11-21-14

This!

Where does Bossypants rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Only my second audiobook, but definitely going to utilize Audible to enjoy my commute much more!

What did you like best about this story?

Tina's candid honesty is wonderful!

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

Tina's narration makes this a complete experience. You get all of her words, as she intended them - complete with voices, inflection, and raw intent.

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

Yes! I wish I had had the time to do so, but was happy to listen to it in pieces so that it lasted longer for me. Made me look forward to my commute each day.

Any additional comments?

Loved “A Mother’s Prayer for Her Daughter” and want to hear more about her experiences in motherhood. We need another book! Do it!

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Because I had to!!!

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Not. I enjoy her as a comedian but it was very difficult to listen to for any length of time.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I did not have a favorite character.

What three words best describe Tina Fey’s voice?

Mono-tone!!!

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Absolutely not.

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  • Alex
  • Orlando, FL, United States
  • 11-18-14

Brilliant, I listen to it again every 6 months!

Any additional comments?

She is so smart, relatable, and funny! Our lives are so insanely different yet she offers amazing advice and perspective!

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I finally understand the hype over audiobooks

Where does Bossypants rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This was the second audiobook I've listened to, and I really think the key is listening to an audiobook recorded by the author him/herself. The first audiobook I've listened to was "My Beloved World" by Justice Sotomayor and it was definitely a captivating story. However, Bossypants really turned up the entertainment factor for me and I now look forward to my walk to work.

Any additional comments?

I am still a fan of physical books and reading, but perhaps no one can really deliver the story of a memoir as well the author him/herself.

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Tina Fey is hilarious, and does not dissapoint!

Would you consider the audio edition of Bossypants to be better than the print version?

Absolutely. In fact I think reading in print would be so much less enjoyable.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Tina herself

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

If I could have, I would have.

Any additional comments?

It's like sitting with a fantastically witty friend when you listen. I frequently laughed out loud during her stories. What a treat!

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Slow But Then Enjoyable!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend the audiobook for the very solid performance Tina Fey put behind the story.

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

Bossypants I'm on the fence of recommending. The story itself starts off really slow, but gets fairly entertaining towards its later chapters.

What about Tina Fey’s performance did you like?

I really enjoyed that she was able to put an actual SNL bit into the audiobook.

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

The moment that particularly moved me was her struggles with trying to figure out if she wanted a second child.

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Laughing out loud in public

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

Absolutely! actually debated missing my second favorite class to keep listening as i arrived to campus

Any additional comments?

Made me laugh out loud in public and not really care, her own confidence in her own quirkiness is contagious :)

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You gotta pay the cost...

Would you listen to Bossypants again? Why?

Absolutely. Number 1: Tina Fey is a friend in my head. Many of the same smartaleck quips, neurotic reflections on life and marveling how at this point in life she hasn't totally F*$@ed it up is exactly my own inner monologue about my life. Both her chronicle and my own makes me laugh aloud, sometimes cackle. Number 2: Her dad sounds like he's hot! LMAO!! Number 3: I am a long time fan of hers from way back in the day, and it is refreshing to hear her reflecting on her own life and not the life of a character she is playing.

What other book might you compare Bossypants to and why?

Hmmmm I would have to say "Hello Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea" by Chelsea Handler (Another friend in my head, but more like partner in crime), but not quite as boozy. And the feel of Jim Gaffigan's books mixed with Ellen Degeneres' "Seriously... I'm Kidding"

What about Tina Fey’s performance did you like?

That her cussing is the funniest thing I have ever heard. Even from SNL and movies, it's hilarious to me. It doesn't sound forced or campy, just as natural as any jersey girl's, but if a Jersey Girl was cussing on a Sunday after church. Yes, that's why it makes me laugh; it's authentic Jersey Girl Lite.

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

Yes. I could genuinely relate to some of the experiences and pragmatic perspectives she had with her own life situations with my own.

Any additional comments?

It was a surprisingly fun listen. Had it not been made a requirement for my course, I don't think I would have chosen this book. But I am super glad I chose this book to listen to. あなたのキャロルに感謝 Carol!!