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by Tina Fey

Published: 2013-01-29
Mass Market Paperback : 272 pages
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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 ha...
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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!)

Editorial Review

Amazon Best Books of the Month, April 2011: Tina Fey’s new book Bossypants is short, messy, and impossibly funny (an apt description of the comedian herself). From her humble roots growing up in Pennsylvania to her days doing amateur improv in Chicago to her early sketches on Saturday Night Live, Fey gives us a fascinating glimpse behind the curtain of modern comedy with equal doses of wit, candor, and self-deprecation. Some of the funniest chapters feature the differences between male and female comedy writers ("men urinate in cups"), her cruise ship honeymoon ("it’s very Poseidon Adventure"), and advice about breastfeeding ("I had an obligation to my child to pretend to try"). But the chaos of Fey’s life is best detailed when she’s dividing her efforts equally between rehearsing her Sarah Palin impression, trying to get Oprah to appear on 30 Rock, and planning her daughter’s Peter Pan-themed birthday. Bossypants gets to the heart of why Tina Fey remains universally adored: she embodies the hectic, too-many-things-to-juggle lifestyle we all have, but instead of complaining about it, she can just laugh it off. --Kevin Nguyen


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  "Bossy Pants"by andrag (see profile) 09/15/15

No one liked it, it was disappointing.

by brenstuhr (see profile) 09/01/15

Love Tina!

  "Eh...okay at best"by Burgo49 (see profile) 03/20/15

I love Tina Fey so had high expectations for this book. Unfortunately the book did not live up to them. Don't get me wrong, there were some very funny chapters (regarding every day experiences), but... (read more)

  "Surprisingly, Not Funny"by catzpawz00 (see profile) 12/17/14

I'm not sure why this didn't resonate with my funny bone more. I enjoyed watching 30 Rock with my husband and I tend to like Tina Fey. I think my expectations were just not in line with the actual book.... (read more)

  "Fun read "by BekeHeald (see profile) 03/03/14

fun and short

  "not so funny"by KristiK (see profile) 07/13/13

Although I LOVE Tina Fey, the book I was not crazy about. I think my favorite chapter was about her father. Other than that I really didn't see the point of this book being written and actually printed.... (read more)

  "Fun and Interesting"by belindaallen (see profile) 06/26/13

It prompted some great discussion.

  "Bossypants"by JeanetteC (see profile) 05/07/13

It is just not as funny to read comedy as to hear it.This book had some funny parts and a few of the chapters were very entertaining, but overall it was not very interesting, especially for a person who... (read more)

  "Bosseypants"by swannwsong (see profile) 05/06/13

There were some laugh out loud passages in Tina Fey's Memoir. Although some of the group felt mediocre about the book we still enjoyed a great discussion full of laughs. We all wrote down a favorite quote... (read more)

  "Really funny & worth reading but tough for book club"by mystryrdr (see profile) 09/25/12

Being humorous and tongue in cheek, we're not really intended to take all her statements serious. Therefore, you end up debating accuracy or attitudes that she probably doesn't exactly hold. It can be... (read more)

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