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Bossypants [Hardcover]

Tina Fey
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Book Description

April 5 2011
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 these 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!)


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Once in a generation a woman comes along who changes everything. Tina Fey is not that woman, but she met that woman once and acted weird around her.

PRAISE FOR TINA FEY:

"You'd be really pretty if you lost weight."—College Boyfriend, 1990

"Tina Fey is an ugly, pear-shaped, overrated troll."—The Internet

"Mommy, where are my pretzels?"—Tracy Morgan

ADVANCE PRAISE FOR BOSSYPANTS:

"I hope that's not really the cover. That's really going to hurt sales."—Don Fey, Father of Tina Fey

"Absolutely delicious!"—A Guy Who Eats Books

"Totally worth it."—Trees

"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

About the Author

Tina Fey lives in Denver with her ferret, Jacoby.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly entertaining and fun! April 19 2011
By kyunlau
Format:Hardcover
What a treat it was to read this book--I couldn't put it down! Bossypants was charming, witty, and well-paced. Tina Fey delivered her life stories with such fun and humour that you can't help but laugh along. As a reader, you appreciate the selection of the great stories she chose to share. It was truly enjoyable to read the snapshots from her childhood to pursuing her passion in improv and writing to her career in SNL and 30 Rock.

Between the humour, I learned a lot from her work ethics, her dedication, and her approach to problems in the workplace. I really respect some of the statements she made.

The only criticism I have is that when the last page comes, you feel a little disappointed that the fun's over. But that's when you flip back to the start of the book again and go through some of many remarkable moments.

If you are a fan of her writing, her TV show, or her humour, you will definitely find this book entertaining. Thanks for writing such a great book, Ms. Fey!
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful snippets of a comedian's life April 8 2011
By R. Nicholson TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
"Bossypants" is a short memoir by comedian Tina Fey.

At times, a laugh out loud collection of anecdotal tales ranging from youth to present day. What is revealed are the trials, tribulations, frustrations and truly funny events that are a part of becoming a struggling comedian to a larger than life actor/writer for SNL and 30 Rock. Much of it done with tongue-in-cheek, dry humour.

This memoir is like a shotgun going off...it sprays its load over a wide area, creating chaos (in this case, funny chaos) in a wide swarth. If I had any regret, it would be that there was no mention of her Oscar appearance with Steve Martin ( "Don't fall in love with me" )...one of my favourite Oscar moments.

Conclusion:
If you like Tina Fey you'll like this.
A real treat...I enjoyed every moment of this wonderful book. 5 Stars.

Ray Nicholson
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Side splitting good read Oct. 26 2011
By Samantha TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
This was one funny read. Sometimes I'd miss a joke and have to "hear" it being said by Tina in my head and then I'd laugh. I am a 30 Rock fan, so that makes me a bit biased. Non-Tina fans might be left scratching their heads at some of her screwball, mostly self-deprecating, humour but I loved it. I also enjoyed her story. There was just enough personal history for her to seem human but not so much that I was bored. Her honesty and moral outlook rings true. I am not a star-struck sort of person, but this book made me want to meet Tina in person.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Overrated May 26 2011
By Rossy24
Format:Hardcover
I love Tina Fey. I love 30 Rock. She is a genius when it comes to writing for SNL and 30 Rock and she is a solid actress. She is not a great author though. While i found there were some definite laugh-out-loud moments i was overall disappointed with this book. Perhaps her life is just not that interesting. I'm not really sure. If you are trying to decide between this book and say Ellen Degeneres' "The Funny Thing is..." then choose Ellen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fast-paced, laugh-out-loud!! April 11 2014
By Joanna
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Love that this memoir is broken up into sections, so that you don't have to read them in order.

One of the stories I loved was when Tina Fey talked about how she was being nominated for some kind of Parenting Award by people who knew nothing about her parenting. She may or may not have felt particularly secure about her parenting skills at the time, which led her to make the decision she made (no spoilers here :).

Also, love the fact that Tina Fey never learned to drive:)! Makes her human:)!!!

Read the book, there is NOT A SINGLE REDUNDANT WORD in it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Funny read! March 24 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I quite enjoyed this book, she is a good entertainer all around. Some sections were absolutely hilarious, very easy to identify with!
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5.0 out of 5 stars So funny March 8 2014
By mo
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I was able to learn things about Tina Fey that were interesting. She is also very funny and entertaining! Great read to relax.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just buy the damn book! Feb. 10 2014
By ipen02
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
There is no question that this is THE book to buy if you're a fan of Tina Fey. Going through her days in Second City with Amy Poehler, to Saturday Night Live, to 30 Rock, as well as her experiences as a mother and wife and all the life in between. Tina is honest, funny, and oddly insightful in experiences we all share, even if we aren't all crazy-successful and hosting the Emmys. ;)
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Most recent customer reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Just okay
I didn't find this book as funny as I expected. Maybe because English is my second language and I just didn't get it at times :) Still, I read a lot of books and I don't find it... Read more
Published 2 months ago by simonado
4.0 out of 5 stars fun easy read
Tina fey is a very funny person, and a hard worker too, she seems like she worked super hard to get where she is today.
Published 2 months ago by katemck
5.0 out of 5 stars I love tina fey!
Tina fey is awesome. Plain and simple. I wish we could be friends... Brilliant and funny, self-deprecating and feminist. I love her.
Published 4 months ago by Veggieburgs
2.0 out of 5 stars It's alright
Many friends suggested this book to me and promised that it endlessly funny. I think that there are attempts to be funny in the book, however, I have not laughed a single... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Liz
2.0 out of 5 stars Did not finish
I just could not get into this book . This was probably my problem, not the books. Thought it would be lighter and funnier.
Published 8 months ago by SHERRI LONG
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Tina Fey is just awsome and this book is nothing less then that. It's a great book that I've already recommended to my friends.
Published 8 months ago by Raluca Turcas
4.0 out of 5 stars Laugh Out Loud
This was by far the funniest book out there. Tina Fey tells it like it is and there were times when I was literally laughing out loud. Read more
Published 8 months ago by NorthernGirl10
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious
This is an absolutely hilarious book and makes me love Tina Fey even more than I already did. I heard her audiobook is fantastic as well and I'm considering going to get that one... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Neptunian
4.0 out of 5 stars Love love loved it!
I really enjoyed this read, although I wasn't sure I would. I mean I don't watch TV and although I knew about SLN and the whole Sarah Palin thing it wasn't like I was a groupie. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Laurel
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