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Bossypants Mass Market Paperback – January 29, 2013
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About the Author
- Lexile measure : 950L
- Item Weight : 4.6 ounces
- ISBN-10 : 0316056898
- ISBN-13 : 978-0316056892
- Mass Market Paperback : 272 pages
- Dimensions : 4.25 x 0.75 x 7 inches
- Publisher : Reagan Arthur / Little, Brown; Reprint edition (January 29, 2013)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #137,797 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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For me, the most enjoyable parts centered around the backstage shenanigans and politics of Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock. Hearing Tina recount her first day as a writer on SNL, when she draws the short straw and has to be the one to tell host Sylvester Stallone that he needs to "enunciate" more, was pure comedy gold, and I was at once laughing at her, as well as laughing with her.
There's nothing too deep here. Even the story of how she received the trademark scar on her cheek is glossed over with (funny) jokes and snide remarks. But did we really expect anything else from the most recognizable anchor of the Weekend Update?
If you can get the audio version, do. It's worth it to hear Fey's self-deprecating voice narrate her own words.
Fey's Agent/Manager: You know, there's so much interest in you, what makes you tick. You should write a book about yourself.
Fey: No! No one's interested in me. I wouldn't know what to write. My private life is private--I don't want to share stories about me and my family to the world.
Fey's Agent/Manager: I think the publisher would be willing to pay an advance in the high six figures.
Fey: Well, let me think about it.
So this is what we got, a group of stories that have nothing to do with each other, told by the character "Tina Fey" (versus the real person), that are about as deep as a mud puddle. Big disappointment.
I especially loved it in her wise-cracking voice.
Last year, I invested my time in listening to Tina, Amy Poehler , Steve Martin and plenty of other comedy luminaries.
Tina was an exceptional start of the year.
Listen carefully (and yes, I totally appreciated hearing to the verse in her voice).
She maintains her comedic chops even between the lines of the book.
To totally engage every word of her exceptional spoken word commentary, I used the wonderful as a way to increase my smile as Tina's lovely voice whispered every word.
One thing: Make sure to either wear earphones/headphones. Or set your car stereo to "voice" rather than "Led Zeppelin".
There are extremely funnily timed passages she throws out at the end of lines that, if missed, you miss a LOT of the fun.
Highly recommended for road trips.
Tina Few makes even the mundane entertaining.
Great observational, sometimes cynical. Always self deprecating.
An excellent peek inside a brilliant comic artist.
I was a little disappointed in the book's brevity, but I suppose that makes sense considering the writing format Fey is most familiar with! It's closer to a collection of comedic essays than a true biography... I guess it reminds me a bit of David Sedaris' style of memoir. I like Fey's writing style and would love to see even more from her in this format!
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"“Politics and prostitution have to be the only jobs where inexperience is considered a virtue. In what other profession would you brag about not knowing stuff? “I’m not one of those fancy Harvard heart surgeons. I’m just an unlicensed plumber with a dream and I’d like to cut your chest open.”"
“So, my unsolicited advice to women in the workplace is this. When faced with sexism, or ageism, or lookism, or even really aggressive Buddhism, ask yourself the following question: “Is this person in between me and what I want to do?” If the answer is no, ignore it and move on. Your energy is better used doing your work and outpacing people that way. Then, when you’re in charge, don’t hire the people who were jerky to you.”
The book is a mixture of autobiography and musings on life, particularly around comedy/acting and being a woman. It's all delivered with a healthy dose of humour, but parts of it end up being quite moving and profound too. I wouldn't say it either had me rolling around on the floor shaking with laughter or re-examining my life, but it's good fun and worth a read whether you're an existing fan or not.
I first read this a couple of years back, I had seen Tina in Mean Girls and had started binge watching 30 Rock. I love it, it is smart and funny and nerdy all at the same time.
All of the cast of 30 Rock are great but Liz Lemon, she has all the best lines! Who can forget Meat Cat and Cheesy Blasters?
Anyway I saw this book and wanted to learn more about the enigma that is Tina Fey, she is genuinely funny and I hoped that any book of hers would be the same.
Thankfully it is, it is hilarious, sweet and honest. Charting Tina's life from awkward teen to screen queen via motherhood, it is a great read.
Full of snort-worthy passages - my favourite would have to be the Mother's prayer - choose to read this alone if you are a sprayer when you laugh!
With her inimitable sass, Fey walks you through key moments in her life flashing you a sardonic smile along the way. What is really great is that Fey peels back the layers of “celebrity” and lets you see the person behind it. She doesn’t do this with sad stories, tragic past and constant failures but by showing just how damn hard she worked to get to the level of success she is privy to.
It would be cheesy to say that her story is inspirational because to be honest we all want the lazy way to success – for it to just fall into our hands – but it is uplifting to see someone who seems so together saying that she is just human.
It is probably due to this level-headedness that makes Fey so likeable.
With her book Bossypants Fey adds another quiver to her bow of talent.
Bossypants by Tina Fey is available now.
Follow Tina Fey (@NotTinaFey) on Twitter.
Although not bed-wetting hilarious all the way through, it had laugh out loud moments that I read out loud to whoever was near me at the time - there were a lot of them.
There was a lovely balance between the humour and heartfelt. Especially when talking about issues faced by girls.
Overall, this was a fantastic read and I highly recommend.