- Mass Market Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Reagan Arthur / Little, Brown; Reprint edition (January 29, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316056898
- ISBN-13: 978-0316056892
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4,605 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,237 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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 --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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-Before you continue reading this review I have to warn you that I'm al huge fan of Tina Fey so it was unlikely I wouldn't praise this book-
I really loved this book. I'm not sure I'm the target audience so I don't know how to feel about that, but I just loved it. The book is funny, honest and straightforward, quite like Tina. Being an autobiagraphy (The first one I've ever read and pretty likely the last one) I expected something a little more boring, I couldn't have been more wrong.
Reading this book is funny in so many ways. You laugh about the situation, about Tina, and then about how somehow the situation is releated to your daily life. Tina has mastered the art of saying what everyone believes yet a few dare to openly say. And she always nails it. If you read Bossypants carefully you might actually get some advice to avoid adulthood being so painful.
Seeing some of Tina Fey's work but not being active follower I had a much higher expectation for this book. I had thought it would be on the same level as the "Girl with the lower back Tatatoo" but it really fell short. Her stories were cute but you really have to be a die hard fan of SNL or a lover of 30 Rock to dive into this one.
Her story was consistent to the literature I like to read, stories about woman who make themselves successful. Though she is in a different field than Sheryl, Invanka and others the message still has the same trend woman still face many difficulties in Corparte.
If you are looking to laugh out loud read Amy Shummers book. If you are looking to read about Tina because you are a die hard fan this one is for you.
Lately as I would traverse the town by foot, I would hurriedly put my headphones in and prepare myself for a few solid laughs before reaching my destination. No headphones, no problem. I'd put my phone to my ear on speaker held like a slice of toast. Sure, in the beginning I tried to limit the public laughter to avoid being seen as completely insane, but by the end I was laughing and smiling so much it hurt and didn't care who watched. Tina Fey is to blame.
I would highly recommend listening to Tina read her book Bossypants via the audiobook format. There's no other way to fully appreciate her intended accents here and there, the whispers, the tone of thoughts, etc. And who doesn't love hearing fantastic stories told by their owner? And many of the stories are only fantastic because Tina has an excellent sense of humor about what some of us might consider bad luck or life hiccups.
Did I mention Tina Fey is a mad fan of the gays? That makes it super easy for me to love her (and her audiobook) that much more. She doesn't hold back and try to be delicate about gay people. Instead she treats us like regular yet extraordinary average Joes and Joannes. Her telling of adventures with the lesbians and gays in the book come from a place of honesty and fondness.
I don't want to spoil any specifics of the stories as I encourage you to get a copy asap and listen to them yourself. But everything from improvisation group adventures to a honeymoon gone awry to the pre-college daze will have you giggling if you're modest and guffawing if you're obnoxious.
Fey has proved again that women can be funny. So she can shove that in her critics' tailpipes. And Tina, if you need a co-writer for Bossypants: The Movie (Or Musical) you know where to find me.
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I wouldn't recommend it.