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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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upbeat !

If you could sum up Bossypants in three words, what would they be?

funny enthusiastic relaxing

What about Tina Fey’s performance did you like?

The ways she reads doesn't destroy the content or make anyone of them looks much spectacular than the others.Her voice makes an equal tone to the story that lead us to choose by ourselves .

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What a Hilarious Time Filler

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

Absa-friggin-lutely. Tina Fey's narration makes this book what it is. It'd still be amusing in print but her delivery is flawless.

What other book might you compare Bossypants to and why?

I can't think of anything else I've read or heard that was like this.

Which scene was your favorite?

Her chapter on her honeymoon.

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

This book was a bit like a kiddy roller coaster of emotion. Some excerpts where hilarious, others were heartfelt, some were sad, a few were fantastic insights about the world of comedy.

Any additional comments?

I listened to this whole book on a 7 hour round trip car ride with my boyfriend. It provided some fantastic filler for a long road trip and provided some excellent jumping off points for conversation. I'd recommend to anyone with a decent sense of humor and good vocabulary. Only thing that bothered me was when she trailed off in a quieter voice that was barely audible over the sound of the road even with the sound system cranked way up. This probably wouldn't be an issue with headphones.

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Nice job Tina. You Rock.

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

Yes. It's classic Tina Fey. Funny and relevant to today's working parents and aspiring writing professionals.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Bossypants?

The Sarah Palin impersonation was wonderfully done.

Which scene was your favorite?

Sarah Palin inpersonation.

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

I laughed throughout.

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Sophisticated Humor

Would you listen to Bossypants again? Why?

Yes- it I a quick witted read. I am sure I will pick up a lot that may have been missed.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Bossypants?

Her memory of her mother giving her a "period box"- so amazingly funny.

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

I was not a huge SNL fan, but love 30 Rock.

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

When she reflects on the launch of 30 Rock and how it was "the best and worst time"

Any additional comments?

She is an amazing mind. Hope she stay's in it for the long haul.

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Hilarious!

If you could sum up Bossypants in three words, what would they be?

Hilarious, intelligent, inspiring

What did you like best about this story?

the underlying encouragement to follow your dreams

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

it makes it more personal

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

it made me laugh. a lot.

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  • Jenny S
  • SANTA ANA, CA, US
  • 04-13-14

I Love Tina Fey

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

I have not listened to many audiobooks. All I can say is I laughed so hard while hiking and at the gym listening to this audio.

Any additional comments?

My teenage daughter is now listening to Bossypants and it's great. We discuss topics like how Tina was once too skinny and how she once was overweight. Tina Fey recommends always wearing a bra. Tina Fey's life lessons that she learned while doing improve, my daughter soaked up her words. <br/>We need to embrace more strong, smart, confident, FUNNY(!!!) women like Fey.

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Definitely worth a listen or two or five

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

I already have. I have always liked Tina Fey, mostly because all of the cool kids do, but now I like her with good reason. She's genuinely funny.

What other book might you compare Bossypants to and why?

I can't really. It's the kind of book that I would like to write myself. It's just an honest account of life without any of the pretense that all of your Facebook friends like to throw at you. In fact, I would love to have Tina Fey as a Facebook friend. She and I would make the same comments behind the backs of all of my other friends, "Stop posting pictures of your kid in a t-shirt that has his age in months, already! He's 11. I'm embarrassed for you!"

What about Tina Fey’s performance did you like?

It's her material about her real life. No one else could possibly perform it but her.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Pretend you're a love addicted astronaut and strap on your Depends so that when you pee in your pants it will be less embarrassing.

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Disappointing!

What would have made Bossypants better?

I was expecting the familiar humor, but alas.

Would you ever listen to anything by Tina Fey again?

Don't think so.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

She was not the real problem.

What character would you cut from Bossypants?

Couldn't listen to the whole thing. Can't tell.

Any additional comments?

I am sorry I didn't like it at all. And I am a fan of hers.

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My Conversation with Tina

What did you love best about Bossypants?

One of the aspects i enjoyed the most about listening to Bossypants is how personal it felt. Why? I'll tell you, it's one thing when a voice actor or an actor/actress in general reads a book to you. You enjoy the role play, different voices, you listen to the story and try to let yourself become surrounded in the story telling. Yet, with Tina it was different. I knew that this was not a fictitious story, and for some that could easily turn them away, but for me, it was a chance to get to know to actress I'd come to admire. When Tina started talking, I felt like 'WE' were talking. It was like having a one on one, catching up with a distant cousin. I enjoy listening to my books on the commute to campus, grocery shopping, even picking up the kids and often found myself responding to something she said as if she were right there lol! To listen to her voice as she reminiscences is almost like being able to see the expression on her face as she tells you her story.

What did you like best about this story?

She is a woman that I feel that most females can relate to. You get to know the true struggle she endured and how she delt with everyday stressors from everyday life, all the while making you laugh so hard in your car people suspect that your frion has been switched with laughing gas.

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

Sarah Palin; she actually managed to make Sarah Palin sound somewhat intelligent.

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

I like to space my books out, but I can easily listen to this book in one sitting and multiple times.

Any additional comments?

If you need a pick me up, life guidance,a good laugh or just want to know a little more about the woman who puts a smile on so many peoples faces, you WANT to listen to this!

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More than a laugh

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

Sure! But not all my friends. You have to appreciate sarcasm, have watched SNL and/or 30 Rock, and want to relate honestly about such topics as motherhood and your period.

What about Tina Fey’s performance did you like?

Excellent as usual.

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

The mother's prayer I played for my children. It summarized everything in a humorous but yet so touching way.

Any additional comments?

The middle of the book dragged a bit only because you have to be familiar with comedians, TV and writers. All and all though, it was entertaining, interesting to discover Fey's ambition, and even had some pearls of wisdom.