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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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What listeners say about Bossypants

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funny!

really enjoyed listening
great book
why do I need fifteen words? dumb requirements blah bla

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Just Enjoyable

It didn't feel like the story quite flowed well. May be better to read for yourself. Still some very funny parts.

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Loved it!

Tina Fey is a great storyteller! It was a fun book that made a long drive feel like minutes.

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Amazing!

I listened to this 10 years after it was published and it is still so relevant today. Tina Fey is a great business woman in the field of entertainment. Her book is funny, interesting and teaches. I will listen to it again.

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Hilarious and Sarcastic

I'm a big Tina Fey fan, rummaging around her brain was a blast. Loved the feminism, and the humble appearance she gives.

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Entertaining

Tina tells her story well. I learned a few things about career, motherhood and being a woman, of which she helped normalize the craziness of 👍

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One size fits all!

These bossy pants come fitted with an elastic waist so you can wear them anywhere! They will also fit you for years. Trust me, I’ve focus grouped it.

I bought this book in 2012 when DVD stores existed. I bought it again when I saw it laying peacefully in a yard sale blanket. I bought it a third time as an audio book recently because I believe it will age with me like a rum-soaked fruit cake.

Can’t wait for the Holograph version to be released in 2046 where I will likely buy it again.

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Disappointed

So disappointed. I expected it to be funny and intriguing. I could only listen for a few minutes. Would like a refund.

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Well written and funny!

I enjoy Tina Fey’s writing style and having her perform it really adds to the comedic impact.

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Great book!

Finished it super quick. Tina's narration is engaging and hilarious. Recommend it to fans and non fans alike

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  • Kevin
  • 2011-06-09

Not for my generation

The first few chapters of this book are filled with pop culture references from the 70's and 80's. Since I was born in the mid 80's, most of these flew right past me and I'm sure obscured some of the humor. If you're a baby boomer or Gen X, it might work for you, but I couldn't get past it. Maybe I'll finish listening if I have nothing else in my library, but it wasn't for me.

Also, a lot of the humor is based around being a nerdy, not attractive girl, and since I'm a guy, I couldn't really relate.

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  • Amanda
  • 2012-02-20

Not what I was expecting

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

Not sure what I was expecting ... I actually read the e-book, instead of listening to this one; while it was fun to read her perspective of how she got to where she is now. I was always a fan of her writing and her news on SNL. I think she is very funny and witty; 30 Rock is great, I watch it regularly, but this book was almost more like sitting down to lunch with Tina and she answered the question

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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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  • ste
  • 2018-04-22

Disappointed, bored

What would have made Bossypants better?

Some funny! I can’t believe she’s a comedian the book is so boring.

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

Nope

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

Disappointment

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  • Xylene
  • 2012-08-14

High expectations not met

Is there anything you would change about this book?

If there was anything I would change about this book, it would be the flow of events in her book. I would have appreciated it more if she did not jump around too much when telling her story.

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

Bossypants might have made me realize that this type of genre is not for me but I think I would still try out another book just to make sure.

What three words best describe Tina Fey’s voice?

Three words to describe Tina Fey's voice are quirky, upbeat and supportive.

Did Bossypants inspire you to do anything?

Bossypants inspired me to never apologize for who I am and not to care of what other people thought of me. As long as I know that what I want, go for it and do not look back.

Any additional comments?

I downloaded the standard quality audiobook in my iPhone and was distracted with the slight echo quality while listening.

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  • Emily
  • 2011-11-28

Super Funny but too crude and too much swearing

My wife and I started listening to this on our recent road trip and start laughing from the get go. Unfortunately, there was too much swearing and the humor was too crude. So we had to stop listening to it. It was a shame because she is very funny.

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  • tara
  • 2011-11-10

so-so

with all the publicity surrounding the book and my love for Tina Fey, I was disappointed with this book.

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  • Leslie
  • 2011-10-09

Do not bother

Disgusting...thought I could listen to this with my grandson as another reviewer suggested. What a huge disappointment! Profane rantings of an egomaniac...probably what is required in today's SNL industry...or television in general. Would love to find books from women who are the opposite of this author.

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  • D. Emerson
  • 2013-10-17

Not worth the time

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

No.

Would you ever listen to anything by Tina Fey again?

No.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes.

Did Bossypants inspire you to do anything?

Yes. To stop swearing.

Any additional comments?

Cursing is not attractive at all.

There is too much cursing for my taste.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 2012-04-29

Mediocre

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

No

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No

Any additional comments?

Tina Fey has a weird obsession with a woman's ---- (not sure it's appropriate to name the private part). The story of 30 Rock was great. Beyond that, it was pretty mediocre and I didn't laugh as much as I expected. It was a disappointment.

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  • deirdre
  • 2021-05-16

Biography of a very funny successful comedian

As someone who almost never watches TV and has not seen more than one episode of 30 Rock or perhaps not even one, the only time this biography got a bit dull was one chapter heavily based on TV — references to TV referencing TV referencing TV. Even then I can still appreciate it the insight into creative process of a team of professional improvisers. Actual sketch excerpts were well chosen and entertaining. The Sarah Palin-Hillary Clinton sketch is as funny as ever, and its cool to learn how this career highlight was a real challenge, reluctantly accepted. Brilliant encouraging book for anyone interested in showbiz, improv, motherhood, leadership or memoir in general. A good compliment to the equally funny Rachel Dratch biog also available as audiobook by author.

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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