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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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Funny funny

Tiny is a great writer and having her narrate makes this book come to life. #Audible1

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Funny and insightful!

Tina Fey is the reader and the author and adds a personal touch! I loved this book, it keeps the reader on the hook and teaches valuable lessons! A must read :)

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Excellent Read

I was looking for a light read. This book was very witty and humorous. I love that it was narrated by Tina Fey. I enjoyed hearing about her childhood and some of the shows she been on. I’d sent the timer at bed time and then keep extending the time because it was so good. Highly recommend this book! #Audible1

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Great Lady Leader!

Really enjoyed this book. Tina Fey is such a great role model. Definitely would suggest a listen! #Audible1

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Don’t hesitate, just get this book!

Hilarious!!!! Truthfully, hilariously told!!! Tina covers a crazy amount of topics and everyone of them at some level , I could relate to.

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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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  • Moire
  • Linden, VA, United States
  • 2012-11-03

We are each the hero of our own story

I expected better audio quality and that the anecdotes would be funnier. I did get to learn just how far apart Liz Lemon and Tina Fey really are as people. Never noticed the scar on Tina Fey's face -- now I keep looking for it. Amusing, but I wanted more from an award winning comedy writer and actress that blue liquid into a maxi-pad.

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  • Bilyili
  • 2012-08-31

Very Disappointing

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

After reading the reviews of the readers’ feedback I purchased the book and was very disappointed that it was not funny or entertaining as the readers have mentioned… I actually find it annoying and boring. The fact that the author reads is does not add to the experience. She is talking about trivial things and gives her own opinion which is neither original nor adds value to the view on the facts or situation she is describing. I went half way through and had to abandon this book. Such a waste of time and money! Probably people who were watching her show or are her admirers would find this book useful as a source to get to know the author intimately.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I would go with an author who I have read before and enjoyed and would not experiment based on the best selling list books.

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

Disappoitment.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • nunny51
  • Wisconsin
  • 2011-09-13

It was just OK

With all the buildup from previous reviews, I expected something really hilarious. The hilarious moment came in one of the first few chapters when she talked about "coming of age." After that it was just so-so. A few moments of minor chuckling, but nothing like I was led to believe. I'm sorry I wasted my money on this book.

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  • Robert
  • OVERLAND PARK, KS, United States
  • 2011-08-10

Not funny, boring and could not wait for it to end

I know this book has gotten a lot of high marks, but this one was just not for me. I think I laughed once during this entire book. I like 30 Rock but it is not one of my favorites, still this book pales in comparison to the show. I'm sure that Tina is a very funny person but I feel that this book has been over-edited and as a result it is just a bunch of watered down unfunny stories.

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  • Alison Victoria
  • 2011-08-05

Not as funny as I expected

I love Tina Fey's work on SNL. I really expected to love this book. Many of the reviewers talked about laughing out loud. That rarely happened to me while reading this. The book is sometimes funny and I enjoyed some of the background stories. But I found the author somewhat self-absorbed. I don't know what I was expecting, but I came away from this book liking Tina Fey a little bit less.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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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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  • carlos gomez
  • 2018-06-29

SNL Script Development

It reads as if Tina is trying out for SNL and pitching scenes. I was hoping for her just to strip all of the inneuendos and comical parodies and just speak as if she was talking to one candidly. There is no doubt that she is an incredible writer and it shows in this book but I was looking for something more than another validation of her comical genius.

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  • juliane capone
  • 2016-04-13

Just ok

This book was not that interesting to me and did not hold my attention. I would recommend this book to anyone who was into celebrities and liked Tina Fey. She did a good job performing this book. I think the rating reflects my feelings about the book.

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  • Dr Ag
  • 2012-07-23

Not what I expected, based on reviews

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No, even sample of audible inadequately reflects book

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

A bit too foul - language/graphic characterization

What about Tina Fey’s performance did you like?

Author genuinely delivered this short book w/ graphic detail!!

Was Bossypants worth the listening time?

Yes, I learned that I should skip future 'audible' works by author!

Any additional comments?

Not enjoyable for me!

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  • Sue
  • 2013-03-07

Can't anyone be funny without swearing? :(

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

I didn't make it through the book...in fact I didn't listen to very much at all. I have small children and I prefer not to have swearing and F-bombs pop out while I'm listening in the house with them. So I'm sure that won't bother most, obviously she is very popular and good at what she does....it's just not for me. Wish I had returned the book when I could have. Oh well.

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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