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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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loved it

I love Tina Fey..
the books it's awesome and the fact that she narrates it, it's even better

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  • AJL
  • 2018-05-29

Funny! Intelligent! Did I say funny?

Tina Fey makes me laugh! That is why I enjoyed this book. If you also want some advice on success, sexism in the workplace and parenting, read/listen to to book.

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Hilarious!

This is a fantastic book and made memorable by the way that Tina Fey reads it. I feel sorry for those who only have the print or ebook editions!

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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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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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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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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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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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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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  • C.O.
  • 2013-11-22

Wanted to like it but I just couldn't

Any additional comments?

I love Tina Fey and wanted to like this book but after many attempts to listen to the book, I simply cannot. I end up turning it off after an hour or so every time. Others have loved it and it certainly came highly recommended. I suppose it's just not for me.

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  • Victoria Clarkson
  • 2017-07-06

Not my type of humor

I'm sure some people call this funny and entertaining but I could not finish listening to this fast paced, juvenile humor with lots of emphasis on sex . I enjoyed the author in many of her roles but this isn't one of them. I struggled to listen to this as long as I could. I was being generous by giving this two stars.

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  • Jeremy Elice
  • 2016-08-21

Too jokey. Makes the more sincere parts feel muted.

I admire respect and enjoy Tina fey and her sense of humor, writing and performing. I am only giving her book a low rating in the hopes she will right another. There are many good anecdotes in this book however it always feels like they are being used as set up for another fairly insignificant joke. I was hoping for a bit more insight into her experiences.

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  • Starfish
  • 2016-02-02

Meh...

I wasn't overly impressed by this book. I like Tina Fey, and have enjoyed her work, but I didn't find this book to be all that funny. Some parts of it were very good, others not so much. Since it has received great reviews, I can only assume that I'm just not cool enough to "get it."

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  • Tom G
  • 2014-07-24

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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  • Lydia
  • 2012-07-25

Dissappointed

I expected this to be a great book, having been chosen as audiobook of the year. Athough it was funny at times, overall I found it to be fluffy and unimportant.

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  • Ian
  • 2012-07-22

Not that funny

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

This book is filled with a bunch of one liners that play off of gender and racial stereotypes. Sometimes it's funny, but it wasn't enough to make my list.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2012-07-10

I just did not enjoy it nearly as much as hoped

Any additional comments?

I got this book based on positive review by Leo Laporte. However, the book is really geared toward women. I love Tina, and 30 Rock, but this book was not for me.

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  • Laurie
  • 2012-06-18

A Little Too Nasty for Me

What would have made Bossypants better?

The offensive language could have been minimized and Tina could have taken a more humble approach on delicate issues. I did not appreciate her arrogant slant to some sensitive issues.

Has Bossypants turned you off from other books in this genre?

Maybe.

What three words best describe Tina Fey’s performance?

arrogant, nasty, uninformed

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The performance was good.

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  • Gowri
  • 2012-04-17

Very mediocre , I would not recommend

I love Tina Fey and bought this book but I feel that If you are not American, its unlikely you will enjoy it

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-06-21

Bof.

La manière totalement aléatoire de séparer le livre en 77 chapitres n'était pas du tout pratique.
De plus, les anecdotes de sa vie personnelle étaient trop nombreuses par rapport à celle concernant sa carrière/vie professionnelle. Dommage, car Tina Fey est une actrice intéressante que j'aime beaucoup.

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  • Customer from France
  • 2018-04-27

Tina Fey is bossy and wears pants

this review will have fifteen words just to satisfy the nerd who made that requirement