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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 TVShe has seen both these dreams come trueAt 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 sentenceTina Fey reveals all and proves what we've all suspected you're no one until someone calls you bossy


10 thoughts on “Bossypants

  1. says:

    Tina Fey's Bossypants was a disappointment I don't know that expecting much from a comedy writer's cash in big font with pictures essaymemoirthingis fair but I've been a Tina Fey fan since 30 Rock began ready to trust her literary aspirations and even to me this book barely scratches onto the two star plateauWhat did I expect? Well it's probably easier to explain what I didn't expect I wasn't counting on a sour muddled defensive screed against anyone who pissed off the author in the last thirty years I wasn't hoping for forced obvious stories about the professional discrimination in Fey's history I wasn't looking forward to insecure ramblings about the long hours she put into Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock And I definitely wasn't expecting all of the above to be sugarcoated by a combination of weak insecure meta analysis and self conscious “oh I'm really not that great” coverups You know why Bossypants bugged me? Tina Fey has nothing for which to apologize She's smart she's funny and she's talented So I assume this book had some sort of cathartic impact and she needed to get this bile out of her system Bossypants gets credit for three short uality sections First Fey tackles the “what's that scar on your face?” uestion right up front and follows with some funny interesting commentary on how she can gauge people by how they respond to the scar Second she answers a few critical emailsblog comments as a “uestion and answer” chapter Third she walks the reader through a detailed analysis of the whole “I look like Sarah Palin” era I read this book uickly over two nights and while Bossypants is well written for the most part the subject matter's dour nature left me cold oh 75% of the timeListen I didn't pick this book up whispering under my breath “Make me laugh right NOW Tina Fey Dance monkey dance” But I feel like Tina Fey wrote this book for 1 young women she's trying to inspire and 2 all the people who hate her who will never read this book anyway Maybe 41 year old white guys weren't her target audience I can live with that I'll still watch 30 Rock though and not just because she's hot I just hope next time Fey writes a better book


  2. says:

    The best audiobook I've listened to in a long long time And that's saying something I ended up picking this up because when I sent up a signal flare on Twitter it was the most recommended book by far Now I see why 1 The narration was exceptionally good I like autobiography being read by the author but not all authors are good narrators 2 It's legitimately funny 3 It's legitimately thoughtful and insightful I'll also say that I read this book cold I didn't really know who Tina Fey was when I picked it up I had a dim awareness of her being one of the SNL people and an actress But that's it I also didn't know she was in charge of 30 Rock A show I've seen exactly one episode of So I didn't come into this book as a fan I became a fan by listening to itI'm probably one of the few people that's going to start watching the show because of the book rather than the other way around I suspect that some of the low to mediocre ratings on here might come from people who were expecting her personal voice to be like that of the character she plays That understandable but unreasonable expectation probably caused them some disappointment Also the book has some feminist leanings And that's going to piss some people off even if they don't admit it More's the pity


  3. says:

    I'm listening to the audiobook and it's even better than the print


  4. says:

    I honestly cannot remember the last time I laughed this hard reading anything only a Jonathan Tropper novel or a Dave Sedaris collection comes close I finished the other night with wet cheeks from the tears that'd escaped my eyes The bed had been shaking I was laughing so hard So what's to love about Bossypants besides everything? For starters how Tina just tells it and by it I mean everything from working at SNL to impersonating Sarah Palin like it is She's got a fierce feminist streak in her but it's a feminism that exhibits itself in her trademark no bullshit kind of way It's or less the message of I will be who I want to be and I do not care if you like it Oh and she's uick to call other women out for being catty — while at the same time being the first to admit she's played that card plenty of times in her own pastAnd that perhaps is what makes Tina Fey so gosh darn likable She IS us right down to admitting her faults You have to laugh reading chapters like Amazing Gorgeous Not Like That in which Tina breaks down what a photo shoot is REALLY like because you think YES That is exactly what I thought it'd be like What I loved most about this book is Tina's voice can be heard through the whole thing That's not an easy thing for an author to do but you feel as though Tina is reading these stories to you fan girl I am I still want the audio version so you know Tina actually CAN read these stories to mePersonal highlights • The chapter on her dad That's Don Fey How can I give my daughter what Don Fey gave me? The gift of anxiety The fear of getting in trouble The knowledge that while you are loved you are not above the law• Her chapters on being very very skinny and being a little bit fat— brilliant essays on women and weight shared in a way I think only she could nail • She has a girl crush on Amy Poehler and a work crush on Alec Baldwin whom she gives way too much credit for the success of 30 Rock IMO• She refuses to hirework for jerks and she's not above using this book to get revenge on those who've criticized women's ability to be funny on the success of the Sarah Palin Hilary Clinton sketch she did with Amy That night's show was watched by 10 million people and I guess that director at The Second City who said the audience didn't want to see a sketch with two women can go shit in his hat• She writes lines that seriously just make you bust a gut Do I think Photoshop is being used excessively? Yes I saw Madonna's Louis Vutton ad and honestly at first glance I thought it was Gwen Stefani's baby• The chapter on her attempt to film a scene with Oprah play Sarah Palin for the first time on SNL and plan her daughter's 3rd Peter Pan themed birthday party By the way when Oprah Winfrey is suggesting you may have overextended yourself you need to examine your fcking life• Her thoughts on parenthood and struggling to breastfeed and why she refuses to take guilt from her words not mine Teat Nazis• And finally a chapter that struck a chord with me in those final pages The Mother's Prayer For Its Daughter because dang it all Tina does what so few can and it's write something that can be so beautifully poetic and LOL funny at the same time First Lord No tattoos May neither Chinese symbol for truth nor Winnie the Pooh holding the FSU logo stain her tender haunchesSo yeah it's brilliant It's hilarious JUST GO READ IT ALREADY haha


  5. says:

    Big Tina Fey fan here I have always enjoyed her work on SNL and have seen almost every episode of 30 Rock I have seen some of her movies not all She is very definitely funny and smart Her Sarah Palin kills So what might one expect from a Tina Fey book? One of two things either a straight ahead comedic book with plenty of anecdotes jokes and maybe a bit of behind the scenes info or a personal memoir with detail about her background I felt that Fey committed to neither fully and wound up producing half of both in a book that was inconsistent and at times very thinAfter reading this book do you feel that you know Fey any better than you did before? Sure there are some details about this and that and she does address internal conflicts around work vs family but my take is that this was all very surfacy material and did not really get much if at all below the skin As a memoir I found it very unrevealing There is the matter of the scar She tells us nothing And tunes out those who ask Doesn’t it make you think there is something there? A little kid is harmed so violently and she has nothing to say about it? Really? Had no effect on her growing up? Another sore point was the minimal info offered on her relationship with her father Don Fey who was clearly a very powerful figure in her life Colin uinn having just met the guy was impressed “Your father doesn’t fucking play games You would never come home with a shamrock tattoo in that house” Yet TF offers us very little about him and virtually nothing about how his personality affected her growing up There was definitely some fun behind the scenes material here most especially in her chapter on staff urination practices I felt that her portrait of life in Second City was thin Re 30 Rock nothing on Alec Baldwin really? We assume that they got to know each other when he hosted SNL but how did it come to be that she wanted to write a sit com that he starred in? Nada Thin But plenty of respect and admiration for Lorne Michaels and several of her workmates That offered at least a hint of heftSome chapters function mostly as short comedic bits In one she responds to hostile e mails that certainly could have been real although one wonders But real or written it was rather low hanging fruitShe does allow some warts to dot the portrait Basically stealing a job from a lifer at the Y was a pretty crappy thing to do in her early years It makes one see TF as someone who gets what she wants no matter who she hurts And she certainly seems to have had a remarkable run of success One wonders if there are wounded and dying left on the field of battle How much has luck played a part in her achievements? In terms of how she functions in the world as a competitive person I felt that we got only the very tip of the TF icebergShe points out than a few of the gender bias barricades she and other female writers and comedians have had to hurdle That was one of the strengths of the book as was her conflicted feelings about parenting versus work Many years ago I knew a fellow who worked at one of the main New York comedy clubs He made it pretty clear that as a group comedians were “not nice people” Tina Fey may or may not be a nice person I did not get a strong enough sense to overcome my predisposition She is certainly very smart talented and funny I would like to know about her but this book is not the goto source for that My sense is that TF is not gonna let anyone too close not show too much other than to her best buds and family and who knows maybe not even them In a way I felt the book resembled SNL In pretty much every production of the show there are some good bits and some that fall flat I expect there are publications ahead for Fey Hopefully the next one will offer a better overall product with heftier content PS One uote I particularly enjoyedWhen I was a kid there was a TV interstitial during Saturday morning cartoons with a song that went like this “The most important person in the whole wide world is you and you hardly even know you You’re the most important person Is this not the absolute worst thing you could instill in a child? They’re the most important person? In the world? That’s what they already think You need to teach them the opposite They need to be a little afraid of what will happenI'm with you on this one sister


  6. says:

    Tina Fey American Icon Some people say “Never let them see you cry” I say if you’re so mad you could just cry then cry It terrifies everyone I really appreciated how this memoir had a good mix of heartwarming anecdotes comedic happenstances and career musings While I am not as familiar with her SNL and early career this book was fun and easy to listen toAs with many a memoir we start with her childhood love of comedy and processed to her current day adventures or perhaps accurately misadventures A running theme to this book was the importance of being yourself Do your thing and don't care if they like it As a young teen Tina hung out primarily in the theater department thus having the pleasure of getting to know all sorts of uirky characters while being a social pariah to the rest of the school But to her the friendships and life lessons were invaluable to shaping her future So despite what others may have said there was no way she would have lived her life differently After all Gay people don’t actually try to convert people That’s Jehovah’s Witnesses you’re thinking of Her early career was sporadic and difficult breaking into the comedy scene was no easy task but she made it by being bossy and taking no sht from no one I enjoyed how she managed to inject her personal brand of humor throughout her memoir while simultaneously opening up to her real problems and issues My ability to turn good news into anxiety is rivaled only by my ability to turn anxiety into chin acne If you are looking for a light read with great advice look no furtherAudiobook CommentsTina read this one and absolutely rocked it The comedic time was just superb I'd definitely take listening to this book over reading it any dayYouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Snapchat mirandareads Happy Reading


  7. says:

    Sure you could read Bossypants Provided you like all that self deprecating I'm Tina Fey and I am enormously successful and I am thankful for that but at the same time I still struggle with being a working woman with a real life because it is so weird that I am a media icon when I still really think of myself as an unpopular high school theater dweeb and isn't life weird like when I was seen as a major influence during the last election because I kind of look like Sarah Palin? stuffPersonally Tina Fey is a little too successful for me I don't like it I want to read about the life of someone else in order to feel better about my own life not to make me wish I lived in New York and did something cool for a livingI'd rather read the autobiography of Liz Lemon Tina Fey tries to pretend there's still a Liz Lemon inside of her but there so totally isn't Liz Lemon however will never write a biography because 1 she doesn't exist and 2 there is no life sadness section at Barnes Noble unless you count Romance amirite guys?So instead I've collected some of her wisdom here touching on every aspect of life as taken from the popular television series 30 RockDating Marriage Man walks up to Liz at the barGentleman Excuse me is this seat taken?Liz Really dude? I got to move my coat? There are like four empty seats over there Can't you just be cool? Man leavesJenna That guy wanted to buy you a drinkLiz Really? But I already have a drink Do you think he'd buy me mozzarella sticks?Liz I'm going to tell Drew that I'm having a little welcome to the building party for him but there is no party and then when he shows up I'll laugh and say oh it's the wrong night and then he'll laugh and say one glass couldn't hurt and then I will put my mouth on his mouth Liz Just embrace the fact that you are lucky enough to be a happily married man I mean I'm actually jealous of you You've got stability a great marriage devoted kids You know what I have? A Sims family that keeps getting murderedReligionTracy So what's your religion Liz Lemon?Liz I pretty much just do whatever Oprah tells me to BusinessJack Lemon I'm impressed You're beginning to think like a businessmanLiz A businesswomanJack I don't think that's a wordJack The world is made by those who control their own destiny It isn't made by those who don't do it's made by those who do do Which is what made me the man I am I do doLiz Yeah you doJack Grow up Lemon FinanceJack So what are you gonna do with your money? Put it into a 401k?Liz Yeah I gotta get one of thoseJack What? Where do you invest your money Lemon?Liz I've got like twelve grand in checkingJack Are you an immigrant? Dealing with StressLiz Hey nerds Who's got two thumbs speaks limited French and hasn't cried once today? This moiManaging Your Personal LifeKenneth Oh Miss Lemon You have several messages Aw let's see that company running the bike tour in South Carolina says no singles Uh your credit card called they want to make sure you're the one buying cream soda in bulkLiz I sure amKenneth And your landlord called and he says it's not the toilet it's youLiz That's his opinion Liz I did Big Sister in college That little girl taught me how to use tamponsDietingLiz Singing while eating cheese Working on my night cheese knock at the door Uhh Jack Do you know what time it is? I was sound asleepSexual PoliticsLiz No Jack You were just talking about how you miss office hookups That is a double standardJack Calm downLiz I won't calm down Women are allowed to get angrier than men about double standards FeminismLiz Maybe I'm a little old fashioned I'm sorry I'm a real woman and not some over sexed New York nympho like those sluts on Everybody Loves RaymondFashionLiz For instance Jack taught me not to wear tan slacks with a tan turtleneck I thought it looked nice but he rightly pointed out that it made me look like a giant condomPoliticsLiz If I can't poop in the street why should my tax dollars pay for someone else to?


  8. says:

    First I must preface this two star rating by saying that since Goodreads does not allow zero stars I'm forced to reserve my one star ratings only for very special pieces of shit Secondly at no time while reading this did my blood alcohol content drop below twice the legal limit and even that hardly made this book tolerable I wasn't expecting much obviously but this book fails to live up to even the exceeding low standards of airport bookstores I liked Tina Fey before I read this book I like her far less now Here's some helpful hints for your next book If we are reading your book then it's a safe bet we have seen your show and reproducing large chunks from your show in your book is superfluous at best and a cheap ploy to fill pages at worst If you only have 100 pages of material then write a 100 page book there is no shame in that or perhaps you can just up the font size to 20 points because the 16 you used isn't uite large enough to be read from space And the story of how your dad is such a fucking badass in your eyes because he once walked within ten feet of some black people in a parking lot was just painful so painful I'm embarrassed for both of us you for writing that and me for reading it It's also my opinion that liberals who repeatedly uses the term 'African American' are probably closet racists Actually that's less my opinion then it is a hard fact


  9. says:

    Thoroughly enjoyed listening to this


  10. says:

    Not to be mean but this word describes the megabestseller Meager The degree of insight here is microscopic at most Anecdotes those that matter to us TVfilm buffs of the world are soooo ridiculously scant Its akin to ridiculing a very uniue life with a distanced neverwarm life story It's unfair; all of it farcical with no pathos at all The chuckles themselves fail to achieve the expected Cheshire Cat grin madness usually achieved by the brilliant Weekend Update host This was unexpectedly underwhelming to me Impersonal cutesy with a sinful zero amount of compelling stories of life in the comedic fast lane This autobio is vv very vanilla which you know took me by surprise Its interesting to note just how much personal giving into their brilliant minds their methods and techniues their own sides of the tabloid taleetc other comedic autobiographies are then Fey's Pohlers Dratchs Silverman's They came later way after Bossypants blew up they are for the most part better than this one Still Fey is obviously obviously a pioneer its probably my fault I got almost nothing out of Bossy