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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  342,743 ratings  ·  26,077 reviews
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 you...more
Hardcover, 277 pages
Published April 5th 2011 by Reagan Arthur Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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RandomAnthony
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 essay/memoir...thing...is 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 plateau.

What 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...more
Gail
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...more
Patrick
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 Fe...more
Joel
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?" stuff.

Perso...more
Sarah
Three and a half stars. I think Tina Fey is awesome. I think this is a slight but solid book. Her authorial voice sounds exactly like her speaking in my head. It's sometimes funny, sometimes self-deprecating, sometimes empowering. It spends more time than one might expect on some things, and no time on others. I think she tried to skirt a line between memoir and humor essayist that is a difficult one to skirt. I think it's an easier thing to do if you're David Sedaris and nobody has specific sto...more
Aldrin
Who said women aren't funny? A lot of people, apparently, most of them men. One of these was Christopher Hitchens, the controversial journalist who published an essay in Vanity Fair titled, quite plainly, Why Women Aren't Funny . To this and to the dozen other polemics written about the perceived humor gap between men and women, Tina Fey, in her new book called Bossypants, says, "We don't fucking care if you like it." She adds,
Unless one of these men is my boss, which none of them is, it's irrel
...more
Kristen
Mar 17, 2012 Kristen rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who finds Dave Barry 'too edgy'
Recommended to Kristen by: Someone else's idea of a 'beach read'
Shelves: funny, biography
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....more
Kemper
There’s a chapter in this book where Tina Fey is describing the hectic week that culminated with her filming scenes of 30 Rock with Oprah Winfrey, then rushing to get to the Saturday Night Live studio for her debut performance as Sarah Palin all while she was still making last minute arrangements for her daughter’s birthday party. In between takes, Tina was watching You Tube clips of Palin to work on the voice while holding her daughter and Oprah was asking with genuine concern if she’d have tim...more
Jason Koivu
Hilarious autobio that touches upon the highs and lows of Tina Fey's life and career.

If you're a fan of her humor, as seen on 30 Rock and SNL, you'll be a fan of Bossypants. It's not an in depth, gut-wrenching tell-all memoir. For instance, she only glosses over the incident when she got the facial scar. But if you're familiar with Fey's brand of humor then the lightheartedness of it shouldn't surprise you. She's the sort of average, nice person that has her own strong opinions, but doesn't thi...more
Jeanette
So yeah, I was a Tina Fey virgin. Her name meant nothing to me until this book came out. [Insert gasp of incredulity.] People say, "You know, Saturday Night Live?" To which I say, "You know, no telly in my domicile?"
No, I don't really live under a rock. I just tune out nonessential information.
Anyway, I like Tina because she's funny in the way I would be funny if I were actually capable of being funny on a regular basis.

I listened to the audio book, which is really the only way to go with this...more
Antof9
I figured I would feel exactly about this book as I do about Tina Fey. 90% of the time, I think she's hilarious and smart and I want to be friends with her and I wish I'd thought to say what she said. The other 10% I'd like to tell her (because I'm friends with her) that something she just said was beneath her and I wish she hadn't said it. I was right - that's exactly how this book was. I loved it and I loved her, and I marked something about every other page that I wanted to quote or refer to....more
Flannery
I was hesitant to start listening to Bossypants because, like seemingly every other person on this planet, Liz Lemon is one of my favorite television characters of all time. My subconscious (and let's be honest here, also my conscious) mind just wanted to listen to a book about Liz Lemon being Liz Lemon. The audiobook would use C & C Music Factory's "Everybody Dance Now" as the intro and outro music (instead of original music by Fey's husband and 30 Rock composer Jeff Richmond, which was lov...more
Nicky
I love Tina Fey. But I loved her more before I read this book. Now I know she's human and capable of disappointing me. This moment was inevitable. But still a little sad.

That said, there were portions of this book that killed me. Her "Origin Story" was hilarious, especially the talk about her scar and people’s reactions to it. Also, she is a genius when it comes to discussing everyday gender fuckery. I loved her whole take on menstruation and how she thought period blood would be blue because of...more
Meghan Wilker
I almost gave this book 5 stars, and it is damn near perfect.

Let's start with the good stuff:
- It's extremely funny. And not just "laugh out loud" funny, but "laugh *so* out loud your spouse asks you to go read in another room because you're keeping him awake." If you enjoy Tina Fey's humor, you'll really appreciate this book. It's damn funny.

- It's (unexpectedly) full of really good advice about how to be a good boss. I mean, maybe I should have gleaned that from the title but I expected it to...more
Diane
Listening to Tina Fey perform this book was much more enjoyable than reading it in print. I first read this back in 2011, and I liked it OK, but after hearing a friend rave about how much fun the audio was, I decided to give the CD a chance.

It was hilarious! Some mornings I was laughing so hard while driving to work that other drivers would stare at me. Tina Fey performs different voices and really sells the stories. One of my favorite chapters was about her father, Don Fey: "He's just a badass....more
Amy Sheridan
I actually woke up this morning excited to finish this book. I love Tina Fey, loved her on SNL, loved her in "Mean Girls", love her on "30 Rock" and Bossypants did nothing but cement my love for her even more.

To paraphrase Tracy Jordan - I love this book so much I want to take it behind a middle school and get it pregnant.

I want to have a civil union with this book and move to Santa Fe and buy an adobe house with it and talk about adopting a kid from abroad and then decide to just do the $0.70 a...more
Catie
I don’t typically read memoirs, but I absolutely love Tina Fey. She could write a religious horror novel, and I would probably read it. I’ve also always wondered; is Liz Lemon just a thinly fictionalized version of Tina Fey? It turns out that she really isn’t. What comes across more than anything in this audiobook (besides Tina Fey’s punchy yet silly sense of humor) is that she’s a confident, intelligent woman and a highly successful boss.

This book is a very nice mix of serious and humorous: Ti...more
Jacob J.

It was all right. Heck, it was better than all right. It was adequately satisfactory.

I prefer to watch and listen to Tina Fey, so perhaps I would have enjoyed an audiobook more, if read by the author. Nothing in this book was as funny as her angrily shouting "Ah, Nerds!", or imitating Eleanor Roosevelt before being abruptly cut-off, and subsequently awkwardly recoiling. I am a fairly recent 30 Rock fan (credit to Netflix), and I hate to say it, but watching television in this case may be time b...more
Maria
I love Tina! I love comedy! I love reading! I love laughing while reading. For me, this book wasn't as funny as I had hoped.

While I appreciated the memior I was surprised when I didn't feel it was candid enough. Maybe that was a conscious effort. There was a trauma as a child that she explains but doesn't elaborate one. Fine! I don't think she needs to give us the details, they are hers but I felt that she was approached to write a book and agreed but didn't really want to. There is humor, joke...more
Victoria
2.5 stars

What did I just read?

An autobiography? A collection of short stories? The random musings of a comedian?

It's a bit of all that. Mostly random though. What it's not is funny.

I expected small chuckle-worthy vignettes ala David Sedaris. Or laugh out loud hilarious scenes like Janet Evanovich's Plum series. I got neither.

WTH? Wasn't this written by Tina Fey? My comedic idol? It's like she sat down in one weekend and wrote whatever popped onto her head about her life. Kind of like Alanis M...more
Jenn Estepp
Er, I am a thirtysomething white girl who moved to New York from Ohio, although I did an obligatory stint in Chicago first. I lean left and self-identify as a feminist. I self-support and have incredibly geeky tendencies, terrible eating habits and an addiction to NPR podcasts. I frequently think about taking up new hobbies, but usually opt to watch tv instead. I've worn glasses since elementary school and would probably rock the librarian look even if it weren't my chosen profession, just becau...more
Katie Bruce
Hmm...this was a rather strange little book. Part memoir, part autobiography, part philosophy of women in the entertainment industry, it just didn't have one clear goal or narrative. I both liked and disliked that fact. I liked that Miss Tina was covering lots of ground, but at times it was jarring to go from one chapter to the next when they were about totally different topics. My favorite parts were when she was discussing her experiences and/or philosophies on being a woman in comedy/entertai...more
Cat
Tina Fey is fabulous. I realize I am neither the first nor the last person to say this; it may ultimately prove that I am simply a member of my would-be sophisticated, confessedly neurotic generation; or it may simply reflect my narcissism that says "ah, yes, someone with glasses who admits that she spills on herself. Obviously a kindred." So, I recognize that when I rate this book of collected memoiristic (is that a word?) essays "five stars," I am not actually saying it is To the Lighthouse, a...more
Lena
Tina Fey first became vaguely familiar to the American public when she began co-hosting the "Weekend Update" segment of Saturday Night Live. Though she was the first female head writer of SNL and creator and star of the award-drenched sitcom 30 Rock, it was her ability to expertly wield her passing resemblance to Sarah Palin during the 2008 presidential campaign that finally shot her to the heights of youtube fame.

Bossypants is a memoir of sorts, discussing a few choice bits from her childhood,...more
Madeline
"I experienced car creepery at thirteen. I was walking home from middle school past a place called the World's Largest Aquarium - which, legally, I don't know how they could call it that, because it was obviously an average-sized aquarium. Maybe I should start referring to myself as the World's Tallest Man and see how that goes? Anyway, I was walking home from school and I was wearing a dress. A dude drove by and yelled, "Nice tits." Embarrassed and enraged, I screamed after him, "Suck my dick."...more
Deborah Edwards
Tina Fey manages to be one of those people I simultaneously respect, admire, envy, and want to hang out with all at the same time. Her cerebral, edgy, and original humor has done for women in the field of comedy what, say, Hillary Clinton (no, not Sarah Palin, ironic as that may have been) has done for women in politics. She has made everyone re-examine their preconceptions and helped people to accept women in roles once reserved for men. As head writer of Saturday Night Live, she helped bring m...more
Veronica Belmont
Bossypants is the kind of book that makes you feel like you could be the author's best friend. In fact... Tina Fey, will you be my best friend? I really think we have a lot in common. Like this quote, for example:

"My ability to turn good news into anxiety is rivaled only by my ability to turn anxiety into chin acne."

I also find this to be true! We have the same self-success loathing anxieties! (Is that not a thing? I think I just made that a thing.)

Anyhow, even if we can't all be best friends w...more
Caitlin Hoffer
ALL THE STARS. I laughed. So hard. Cackled. My neighbors either think I had some sort of tumor in the chicken noises of my brain or I am being murdered and tickled at the same time.

God. Fucking Tina Fey. The last thing I laughed at, after the ending chapter where she talks about whether or not she wants to have a second baby... I flipped to the back jacket flap where I found her author blurb. "Tina Fey lives in Denver with her ferret, Jacoby." and then I almost swallowed my tongue laughing.

It's...more
Audra
I'm only a quarter of the way thru and I think I have snorted milk out my nose 7 times. And I'm not even drinking milk.
Amanda Nelson
So, I'm not entirely familiar with Tina Fey- I've never seen 30 Rock and I only saw her do Sarah Palin on You Tube. This is because I don't have cable, and THIS is because I'm culturally superior. Or cheap, and newfangled TVs with more than one remote freak me out so much I won't buy one.

Moving on.

I've been on a run of female-funny-people-do-books, meaning I read this one and Jenny McCarthy's book on pregnancy. This one was funny in all the ways Jenny's book was un-funny. Tina is smart, for one...more
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Elizabeth Stamatina "Tina" Fey is an American actress, comedian, writer and producer. She has received seven Emmy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, four Screen Actors Guild Awards, and four Writers Guild of America Awards. She was singled out as the performer who had the greatest impact on culture and entertainment in 2008 by the Associated Press, who gave her their AP Entertainer of the Year awa...more
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