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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!

©2011 Tina Fey (P)2011 Hachette Audio

What the critics say

"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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-03-01

Like Tina Fey's comedy? You will love this!

I have loved so many of the works that Tina Fey has been involved in. This book was a great insight to one of the best comedy writers of our time (in my opinion) and how she got here. The book also has some funny and insightful looks on life as well as some great life tips. If you are a fan of Ms. Fey's work, you will notice so many similarities between her life and the various projects she has worked on/created (30 Rock, Mean Girls, SNL, etc.). It's similar to the sense of gratification you get when you notice an "Easter Egg" in a movie or fictional novel. There is a lot of content that focuses around feminism, and is done in a way that is very tasteful and also hilarious. The reading performance is great as it is done by Ms. Fey herself and is well paced. The only constructive criticism I have is on the technical side. There are some cuts in the audio that are really noticeable, like it was cut too early, but you still hear the word she is saying, just trimmed a little tight. Overall it has made me appreciate Tina Fey's work even more than I did and this may even be the first audio book I listen to again, what a great time!

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  • Camillea Dean
  • 2018-03-01

Funny!

I loved hearing about her childhood and early adulthood (20's/30's) haha lots of funny stories!! Loved it!

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  • shelby
  • 2018-02-20

fun listen

If you like Tina I'm sure you'll like this book, it's witty and sarcastic. makes you laugh out loud and remember how funny life can be!

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  • Kaillie
  • 2018-02-11

For all grandmothers, mothers and daughters

This book made me laugh aloud while sitting listening in a quiet spa. It also made me text my mom to let her know how much I appreciate her. It also reaffirmed my approach as a boss and business owner. An absolute pleasure, I hope there is more to come.

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  • Elizabeth W.
  • 2018-02-07

Great

I needed some humor, instead of the usual serious stuff. So I mostly laughed my head off and it was goooood.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-01-20

I really loved this book!

All Humans/U are Beautiful inside and out. somehow. Except my ex' s current lover of course !!!!!

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  • Lou
  • 2018-01-09

First book

This was my first audible book. I loved it. Would listen to it while doing cleans stuff, shoveling snow, or just to pass time. But this was a great book. Will read the paper version (that I have already bought) and will listen to this again and recommend 100%.

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  • Brandon Cox
  • 2017-10-13

Bossypants is hilarious and well worth it

It's like she's a friend telling you these stories directly. hilarious and charming, and if you're a fan of her on SNL, Mean Girls, or 30 Rock, that same sense of humour makes the entire book a treasure.

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  • Warren
  • North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • 2011-04-07

Tina Fey broke my new SUV

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.

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  • David Riley
  • Maryland, USA
  • 2011-04-07

Superb.

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.

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  • Diane
  • United States
  • 2011-04-10

Thoroughly entertaining!

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.

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  • Elliott Johns
  • Monmouth, OR United States
  • 2011-04-09

Elliott

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

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  • richmond, VA, United States
  • 2011-09-08

SO 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!

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  • Sinlan
  • 2011-04-07

Truely enjoyable.

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. )

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  • Sher from Provo
  • Utah
  • 2011-11-06

She Tells It Like It Is

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.

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  • S
  • new york, NY, United States
  • 2011-04-06

Great book--great listen!

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.

Loved it!

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  • Theodore
  • Kingston, Jamaica
  • 2011-09-10

Witty and Funny

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!

73 of 86 people found this review helpful

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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 2011-07-02

Funny and smart

I did not watch TF on Saturday Night live much, but I love 30 Rock. Parts of this book made me laugh and parts made me think. It was cool to get a behind the scene look at Second City, SNL, and 30 Rock. I also thought it was motivational. It is easy to see why TF is so successful. She works hard, is very intelligent and makes no excuses

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