Bossypants

Bossypants

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Spirited and whip-smart, these laugh-out-loud autobiographical essays are "a masterpiece" from the Emmy Award-winning actress and comedy writer known for 30 Rock, Mean Girls, and SNL" ( Sunday Telegraph ).

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 always 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!
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2011.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780316056861
0316056863
Branch Call Number: 791.45028092 Fey
Characteristics: viii, 277 p. : ill.

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LynJoan
Sep 20, 2020

Listening to the audio-book, although I really like Tina Fey, I found her material a little outrageous, sometimes for the good, but often not it was just too much. Her fast delivery made it a little challenging to follow at times. I have given up after 2 discs.

JCLHeatherM Jun 10, 2020

I was able to listen to the audiobook (read by the author of course) and I do believe that there is a brand of uniqueness to the experience of listening to Fey recall old memories and trade secrets. I've always been a fan of Tina Fey - the best Weekend Update pairing, in my opinion, is still Jimmy Fallon/Tina Fey.

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NicoleGRW
Nov 25, 2019

Tina Fey is the ultimate boss. She's brilliant, hardworking and wildly hysterical. I dare you to get through a chapter without wiping away tears of laughter. Tina reads her own audiobook and I highly recommend listening to it in her voice. However if you choose this route (instead of the book) you will miss photos of a particularly bad white denim choice made by Tina in her early 20s.

JCLHeatherC Nov 06, 2019

That was the fastest 5.5 hours have ever flown by. Tina Fey on writing, acting, motherhood, SNL, and 30 Rock. She also does a mean Lorne Michaels impression.

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DanielJamesDudley
Oct 11, 2019

At times poignant and meaningful. At other times, surprisingly tone deaf and uncomfortable. Her self-deprecating humor is enjoyable, but feels misguided and out-of-touch when she body shames herself and other, endorses harmful stereotypes of the LGBT+ communities, and waxes poetically about her rise to success while ignoring her white upper middle class privilege.

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NealRanz
Sep 10, 2019

It's worth the 4.5 hours....it really is!
It may not be a 5* worthy book, but I gave it 5* anyway....like others I had already listened to Amy Pohlers, and Mindy Kahling...THIS BOOK was the first of the format.
Tina Fey started this trend of famous comedian biographies..and it deserves credit for that. Amy's was maybe better, but Tina's was first, and was still exceedingly entertaining and funny.

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crtiroff
Jul 31, 2019

This audiobook had me laughing so hard at times. I liked that she had a lot of topics that I could relate to and, despite it being autobiographical, it was funny. I had already listened to Amy Poehler's book, Yes, Please. While these two are both funny women, I definitely laughed more listening to Bossy Pants. The Saturday night live skits relative to Sarah Palin were truly awesome/funny and it was interesting to hear about the dilemma Tina faced during that time. It showed she had to balance comedy with politics and how the portrayal could be seen as endorsing certain candidates or being too harsh. Eye opening about Tina Fey and funny too. Smart and successful woman that is self-made and her self-deprecating humor has the right balance.

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pridi_o
Jul 25, 2019

This kind of humor doesn't work for me.:) I found it interesting, that grown up people find toilet jokes as funny as toddlers do. Is this something about us, humans? :) It is also interesting to see how the comedy industry works. Tina Fey is a sharp lady, very bright... I wonder why she likes this business :))

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Marisss
Jun 16, 2019

Read by author. Nice to learn what she had to do before she found success.

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kmobuckeye
Feb 11, 2019

Good, but not as funny or inventive as Amy Poehler's

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ArapahoeMaryA Jan 26, 2017

All Beyonce and JLo have done is add to the laundry list of attributes women must have to qualify as beautiful. Now every girl is expected to have Caucasian blue eyes, full Spanish lips, a classic button nose, hairless Asian skin with a California tan, a Jamaican dance hall ass, long Swedish legs, small Japanese feet, the abs of a lesbian gym owner, the hips of a nine-year-old boy, the arms of Michelle Obama, and doll tits. The person closest to actually achieving this look is Kim Kardashian, who, as we know, was made by Russian scientists to sabotage our athletes.

If you retain nothing else, always remember the most important rule of beauty, which is: who cares?

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masks
Jun 13, 2015

"If you retain nothing else, always remember the most important Rule of Beauty. 'Who Cares.'"

-Tina Fey

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lisahiggs
Oct 14, 2012

My daughter has a reversible doll: Sleeping Beauty on one side and Snow White on the other. I would always set it on her bed with the Snow White side out and she would toddle up to it and flip it over to Sleeping Beauty. I would flip it back and say, “Snow White is so pretty.” She would yell, “No!” and flip it back. Not even three years old, and she knows that yellow hair is king. And, let’s admit it, yellow hair does have magic powers. You could put a blond wig on a hot-water heater and some dude would try to fuck it.

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lisahiggs
Oct 14, 2012

Why do I call it “yellow” hair and not “blond” hair? Because I’m pretty sure everybody calls my hair “brown”. When I read fairy tales to my daughter I always change the word “blond” to “yellow”, because I don’t want her to think that blond hair is somehow better.

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DanniOcean May 20, 2011

Anyone who likes the television shows Saturday Night Live or 30 Rock will be a big fan of Tina Fey. Since I watch neither, I was skeptical about liking her memoir, expecting it to be a name-dropping, pop-culture bit of fluff meant to capitalize on her current popularity. Well, she does drop a few names and references a lot of pop-culture (because that does sell books), but what impressed me was how open she was about how her opinions formed about issues (yes, issues – cleverly disguised amid many anecdotes), her own life epiphanies, and her management style (which no doubt influenced her character Liz Lemon). She mentions the scar that she notoriously hates to mention, but just to get it out of the way – do not expect any sordid details. In fact, aside from a few F-bombs and some observations about the hygiene differences between men and women, there are few shocking tales at all. I hope that does not put off thrill-seeking readers, because this is one funny, laugh-out-loud book. Ms. Fey’s celebrity status may not be relatable, but as a woman and a woman manager, she certainly is. She had the bad haircuts growing up and unrequited crushes. She worked at summer camps and as a minion in larger corporations. She has struggled with weight and body issues (see chapter All Girls Must Be Everything), and - believe it or not - having her voice heard. Having navigated these hurdles and reached celebrity status, Ms. Fey’s account of “celebrity” is refreshingly balanced – it is what we all think as we see endless streams of Photoshopped stars dancing, dieting and rehabbing – it is a weird, weird life of publicity, ratings and critics (see chapter Amazing, Gorgeous, Not Like That). Yet, Ms. Fey treats it as all part of a job that she loves. Yes, her comments are highly acerbic or satirical, but juxtaposed with normal everyday observations they almost always take you by surprise, and will cause irrepressible and sometimes embarrassing snorts or guffaws to escape one’s lips – just in case you happen to be opening your copy on the bus, train or dental hygienists’ office, which will cause you to be “blorft” (see chapter 30 Rock: An Experiment to Confuse Your Grandparents). You are now warned.

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