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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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Enjoyable

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

Funny. Smart. Encouraging.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Bossypants?

I really enjoyed the section where Fey spoke about the Presidential election and playing Palin. I found it truely interesting how much thought and effort went into that role, particularly the decision to let Palin on SNL. As someone who followed the election, I took her performance at face value and never thought about the vast amount of contemplation that goes into the sketch creation process. Seeing the flip side of the coin increases my appreciation of Fey and others, particularly the ground-breaking women, in comedy.

Any additional comments?

This book reads, much like a stand-up session from Fey. Lots of little loosely-connected humerous stories over the course of her life and career. For that reason, it was easy to listen in the car in small amounts, because you didn't have to recall the previous stories. Fey talks fast, so I found myself rewinding a lot, but I will definitely go back for a second listen. Overall, this is a great book. Funny, sassy, honest, and even motivating. Classic Fey.

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  • Exwingzero
  • Atlantic Highlands, NJ, United States
  • 03-10-13

Great book, just not what I was expecting.

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

First off, it's a great read/listen. Tina Fey does an excellent job of reading and writing her Bossypants. I just went into it thinking there would be more laughs; What I got instead was light on the laughs and heavy on the heartfelt. Touching, honest and pretty funny, Tina Fey made a really nice experience.

What other book might you compare Bossypants to and why?

It reminded me a lot of Zombie, Spaceship, Wasteland by Patton Oswalt. I also expected that book to also be "Funny", but was incredibly heartfelt and enjoyable.

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

I think her performance and delivery of her own material give her personal experiences weight and volume. If someone else read this it would sound flat and disingenuous.

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

There's a part in the book where she talks about her relationship with her dad.

Any additional comments?

Pick this book up if you like hearing about amazing people working hard and being successful. It's an honest boook.

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  • Nancy
  • Waterloo, ON, Canada
  • 08-20-12

Entertaining but narration/editing could improve

I enjoyed this book because it was short and entertaining. There was a funny moment in virtually every chapter. A warning to males, this book was definitely written for women so you might find some awkward scenes.

I'm not sure I enjoyed Tina Fey as a narrator. Occasionally she trailed off or mumbled, making it difficult to hear everything. In addition, some parts weren't edited very carefully.

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  • Cariola
  • Chambersburg, PA USA
  • 06-29-12

A Treat for Tina Fay Fans

Neither humor nor memoirs are my usual reading choices. But if you like Tina Fey, you'll love Bossypants. It's half memoir, half stand-up routine, which is why it may fare better on audio, read by Ms. Fey herself. As other readers have mentioned, it is a bit chronologically disjointed, as stand-up comedy often is, but I had no trouble following along. Fey regales us with stories of growing up half Greek/half Irish in a small, WASP-ish Pennsylvania town; her college days and first loves (including one she refers to as "Handsome Robert Wuhl," or "HRW"); her breaks with Second City, 'Saturday Night Live,' and '30 Rock'; her honeymoon on a cruise ship that catches fire; and the joys and icks of motherhood. She's tactful enough not to bash any of the SNL guest hosts and gives us insights into working with some of them, including Sylvester Stallone and Sarah Palin. Having just finished a massive Trollope novel, this was a fluffy, delicious piece of cake. Recommended for Fey fans; not sure how well it would sit with others.

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Enjoyable but not that funny

I've never seen 30 Rock, and I didn't see Tina Fey on SNL, so I didn't go into this listening experience with an established connection to the author. I found her memoir interesting and sincere but not laugh-out-loud hilarious, as I had hoped. Instead it was heartfelt and entertaining.

I appreciated how she tries to balance work and parenting. For example, she was planning for Oprah's appearance on . . . was it 30 Rock or SNL? I can't remember. Anyway, while preparing for that momentous guest appearance, she was also trying to put together her little daughter's birthday party, and Amazon hadn't delivered the Peter Pan decorations yet. Both held equal importance for Tina.

I very much enjoyed the life lessons she learned from doing improv (for example, always say yes and add something to the conversation). She also stood up for women in her field of comedy (she was told that no audience would want to watch two females in a sketch), and I respected that. Tina offered practical advice (always wear a bra to a job interview), and she was charmingly self-deprecating.

She also addressed her initial reluctance to play Sarah Palin on SNL and talks about when the two met on the set. (Palin offered Bristol's services as a baby-sitter). Also interesting was how she put together the 30 Rock team and the respect she has for Alec Baldwin.

If you love Tina Fey, I'm sure you will love this book. If you aren't familiar with her, I'm sure you will like this book.

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  • Dr.
  • Lake Oswego, OR, United States
  • 02-18-12

I Expected to Like It

I really did expect to like this one. Although I am well beyond the twenty somethings and thirty somethings that are drawn to Saturday Night Live - I have spent decades occasionally watching the show and am, of course, very familiar with many of its outstanding graduates. Not surprisingly, I have been exposed to Tina Fey's work and I have been mildly amused by her antics on SNL and more recently on 30 Rock. And who couldn't help but be delighted by her Sarah Palin characterization.

After one of my daughters listened to Bossypants and liked it, I decided to give it a try. And besides, for the life of me I couldn't find a book that I wanted to listen to and I was desperate for a new story.

I really thought I would like this book. I wanted to like this book. But I couldn't help thinking of the reaction I have when watching SNL and seeing a skit that just didn't grab me or I just didn't get the humor. No doubt Fey is funny, clever and engaging, but I only had a few chuckles and no laugh out loud moments. I did appreciate her comments about how hard it is for women in entertainment and women comedians - but I still expected to find this book funnier than I did.

Even though I am not a fan of authors who narrate their own work, Fey did an above average job - for an author.

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If you like Tina, you will enjoy this!

What made the experience of listening to Bossypants the most enjoyable?

I can't imagine actually reading the book because it was so entertaining just to hear Tina tell her story.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

She does get a little political at times and is awfully condescending toward the right so depending on your own leanings, this could be a selling point or a deal breaker.

What about Tina Fey’s performance did you like?

Despite all her self-deprecating remarks, Tina has spot-on comic timing, which was quite enjoyable.

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

When she talks about her struggle with deciding whether to have a second child, it was like she had been reading my diary. She is very genuine and transparent.

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  • Kat
  • Sewell, NJ, United States
  • 04-30-11

Very disappointed

I downloaded this book based on the glowing reviews from so many other listeners. So many people LOL-ing when listening to this book, how could I go wrong? I bought this as as person who thought Tina Fey's Sarah Palin impression was pure genius, but never found 30 Rock anything more than mildly amusing - so not a die-hard Tina Fey fan, but I respect her. And so I would suggest, based on my lackluster reaction - unless you are a die-hard Tina Fey fan - skip this book. Her life hasn't really been terribly interesting, and she make each little event in her life into a little joke, so it's one one-liner after another. These one-liners are her typical style of wry, sarcastic humor that is only mildly amusing (at best) unless your brainwaves are on exactly the same wavelength as hers. No LOL-ing here.

I found my mind wandering many times while trying to get through this book, it's just not that interesting. She does read nicely, though, I will say that. But overall, I feel I wasted my Audible subscription this month.

14 of 18 people found this review helpful

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I want to go to there

I'm of the mindset that if you write a memoir you need to narrate the audiobook yourself (it's the one time I'll give bad narration a pass.) "Bossypants" is all the better because of Tina Fey's narration. She's incredibly engaging and her dry, self-deprecating humor will keep you laughing the whole way through. I'm a big fan of "SNL" and "30 Rock" so it was really interesting to get a behind-the-scenes look at the shows. And her opinion of Red Lobster Cheddar Bay biscuits is spot on!

31 of 41 people found this review helpful

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Funny but vulgar

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

Probably not

What could Tina Fey have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Tone down the language and the vulgar comments

Any additional comments?

Tina Fey is absolutely hilarious. This book seemed to follow in the typical style of Tina Fey and had me laughing up until the point I simply could no longer handle all of the foul language and ill-mannered sexual comments. I only made it about 20 minutes into the book. Sorry Tina.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful