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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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Tina Fey is the whole package!

Would you listen to Bossypants again? Why?

Tina Fey is so funny! Of course, I've seen her SNL skits and 30 Rock, so this is a great, entertaining autobiography to hear about the woman behind it all. She takes you from her childhood to her days at SNL and 30 Rock. Great sense of humor, introspection, and very engaging!

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

There are a lot of so-so narrators with audiobooks and even some of the narrators who are the authors of the book aren't that great. Tina Fey is the exception. She's got a fantastic sense of humor, wit, and honest insight.

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

It made me laugh pretty much the entire time I was listening to it.

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I learned to never say "No" (Improv enlightenment)

What did you love best about Bossypants?

This book stayed with me, I am writing the review maybe two years later. It is a great bio explaining her flourishing career, great also because it is entirely engaging and humorous. It taught me a life lesson too. In improve Tina learned never to say No to the next line. She used this in life as a tool which she attributed to her successes.

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

See what happens when a mean little dorky girl embraces her flaw as a talent, and learn to never say NO again.

Any additional comments?

There is a pdf of Tina's awkward years and cool girl photos too. After this book, I thought Tina was my friend and tried to write her an interoffice email since NBC was still in my companies organizational address book. No response.

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So much fun.

Would you listen to Bossypants again? Why?

Yes, couldn't stop listening to it so I finished to fast.

What about Tina Fey’s performance did you like?

She is so relatable and honest.

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

I appreciated her blunt talk about women and comedy.

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  • Tom G
  • Montreal, Canada
  • 07-24-14

So boring I couldn't finish it

Would you try another book from Tina Fey and/or Tina Fey?

No

What was most disappointing about Tina Fey’s story?

She had a really normal life. Let's face it, most of our lives aren't really that interesting. And her storytelling isn't all that great. She needed 30 Rock writers to work on it.

Would you be willing to try another one of Tina Fey’s performances?

No, she was weak and tried too hard. Like Alec Baldwin as the Oscars host.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

disappointment. :(

Any additional comments?

I have no idea why some people found it so funny. Listen to the sample and decide.

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not good

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

this audio is boring. did not keep my attention. i was expecting better from T. Fey.

What was most disappointing about Tina Fey’s story?

monotone tone. story not captivating at all

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Brilliant!

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

Hilarious, witty, smart

What was one of the most memorable moments of Bossypants?

I really enjoyed Tina's poem to her daughter. If only all parents could be so brutally honest and hilarious at the same time.

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

I love that Tina adds her own comments and enthusiasm while reading the book. It's great hearing the whole thing from her point of view.

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

Absolutely!

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FUNNY! Yet good lessons :)

What did you love best about Bossypants?

The fact Tina Fey narrated was great, she can do voices so well and she is very funny. SO besides having a good laugh she has good points in life, really just about accepting who you are and letting things go.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Tina Fey...

What about Tina Fey’s performance did you like?

She is funny, she does voices, and just well all around great

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

Accepting who you are, she talks about being brunette and what not.

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Very Funny.

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

Probably first or second.

What did you like best about this story?

The author's writing is laugh-out-loud funny!

What about Tina Fey’s performance did you like?

Fey's voice serves to add more hilarity to the story.

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Very entertaining!

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

Yes, Tina Fey doesn't just read the book, she performs it. Very entertaining.

What about Tina Fey’s performance did you like?

She was truly funny and her delivery of some of the lines in the novel had me cracking up.

Any additional comments?

I listened to this audiobook while on a cross country road trip - it was the fastest 5 hours of the entire trip!

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Wow! Loved it!

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

I think Tina is fantastic! She is incredibly smart and well spoken. The fact that this book is also funny and insightful makes it a great listen for car trips. (Yes, I have listened to it multiple times on multiple trips because it keeps me awake and happy and unaware of my legs burning from the sun and the traffic jam I have been sitting in for 45 minutes.)