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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, comedian Tina Fey reveals all, and proves that you're no one until someone calls you bossy.
Publisher: New York : Back Bay Books/Little, Brown, 2012
Edition: First Reagan ArthurBack Bay paperback edition
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9780316056878
Branch Call Number: 792.7028 F437F 2012
Characteristics: xiv, 275 pages, 9 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: Bossy pants


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2012 Audio Book of the Year; 2012 Best Biography/Memoir Audio Book; read by Tina Fey.

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Jun 16, 2019

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

Feb 11, 2019

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

IndyPL_JarrodR Jan 17, 2019

Tina Fey and I were born the same year. We both promote the benefits of the "yes, and" improv sensibilities.
And with that, the similarities end. Still, I did learn a great deal about Saturday Night Life, 30 Rock, and her creative process.
For fans of comedy, entertainment, or great stories of growing up as a member of Generation X, this is the book for you.

Dec 12, 2018

Audio books that are narrated by the author are usually at the top of my list. Audio books that written by Tina Fey and narrated by Tina Fey are in a league all of their own. This audio book had me laughing so hard that there was one time I actually had to pull my car over because I was laughing so hard I started to cry. The one big question that was never answered, and probably never will be did Tina get that scar on her face??

gord_ma Dec 11, 2018

Hilarious and savagely upbeat!

Nov 04, 2018

I read this book years ago and i still remember the YMCA story very funny book.

Nov 03, 2018

This book is hard to put down. This book is relatable and filled with humor. Definitely worth the read!

Nov 03, 2018

So funny and even better with the audio book cause she's reading her own writing, and darn good writing it is, too. Audio books help motivate me to walk. This was LOL funny, so I've just been walking it though and, wow, that was some fast walking and the quickest I've gotten through a book in ages. I'd be LingOL and folks walking by would smile quizzically... I was always happy to share the reason for my LOL. That kind of laffing is just good medicine and I thank you, Tina Fey!

I wished this book was longer. Not really a biography, it is just some essays about various parts of her life and on a wide range of topics. I really enjoyed her writing and I hope she writes another book. I wouldn’t decribe myself as a fan of her work (I’ve never sat through an episode of 30 Rock, for example), but I admire Tina Fey all the same – she is a force for good in the world. (submitted by JF)

Sep 17, 2018

Okay read but lacked any page-turning moments that kept continuously interested. It was more of a story about someone who's just had it really lucky, but tries to make life seem harder because they're a bit awkward.

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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?

Jun 13, 2015

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

-Tina Fey

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.

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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