Bossypants

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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 TV.

She has seen both these dreams come true.

At last, Tina Fey's story can be told. From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night ...

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Overview

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 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 sentence.

Tina Fey reveals all, and proves what we've all suspected: you're no one until someone calls you bossy.

(Includes Special, Never-Before-Solicited Opinions on Breastfeeding, Princesses, Photoshop, the Electoral Process, and Italian Rum Cake!)

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In her acceptance speech for Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, Tina Fey announced that she was proud to make her home in "the 'not-real America'." It is perhaps that healthy sense of incongruity that makes the head writer, executive producer, and star of NBC's Emmy Award-winning 30 Rock such a cogent observer of the contemporary scene. Bossypants, her entertaining new memoir, shows that strangeness has been her constant companion. Fey's stories about her childhood in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania are only appetizers for LOL forays into her college disasters, honeymoon catastrophes, and Saturday Night Live shenanigans. Most funny read of the month; the best possible weekend update.

A Guy Who Eats Books
"Absolutely delicious!"
Trees
"Totally worth it."
A Guy Turning into a Werewolf
"Hilarious and insightful. Laugh-out-loud funny -- oh no, a full moon. No! Arrgh! Get away from me! Save yourself!"
College Boyfriend
PRAISE FOR TINA FEY:

"You'd be really pretty if you lost weight."

From the Publisher
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.
Tracy Morgan
"Mommy, where are my pretzels?"
Don Fey
ADVANCE PRAISE FOR BOSSYPANTS:

"I hope that's not really the cover. That's really going to hurt sales."

Mark Twain
"Do not print this glowing recommendation of Tina Fey's book until I've been dead a hundred years."
The Internet
"Tina Fey is an ugly, pear-shaped, overrated troll."
Janet Maslin
…[Fey's] dagger-sharp, extremely funny…Bossypants isn't a memoir. It's a spiky blend of humor, introspection, critical thinking and Nora Ephron-isms for a new generation.
—The New York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316056878
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 1/3/2012
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 144,942
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Tina Fey
TINA FEY lives in Denver with her ferret Jacoby.
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Bossypants


By Fey, Tina

Reagan Arthur Books

Copyright © 2011 Fey, Tina
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780316056861

Origin Story

My brother is eight years older than I am. I was a big surprise. A wonderful surprise, my mom would be quick to tell you. Although having a baby at forty is a commonplace fool’s errand these days, back in 1970 it was pretty unheard-of. Women around my mom’s office referred to her pregnancy as “Mrs. Fey and her change-of-life baby.” When I was born I was fussed over and doted on, and my brother has always looked out for me like a third parent.

The day before I started kindergarten, my parents took me to the school to meet the teacher. My mom had taken my favorite blanket and stitched my initials into it for nap time, just like she’d done for my brother eight years earlier. At the teacher conference my dad tried to give my nap time blanket to the teacher, and she just smiled and said, “Oh, we don’t do that anymore.” That’s when I realized I had old parents. I’ve been worried about them ever since.

While my parents talked to the teacher, I was sent to a table to do coloring. I was introduced to a Greek boy named Alex whose mom was next in line to meet with the teacher. We colored together in silence. I was so used to being praised and encouraged that when I finished my drawing I held it up to show Alex, who immediately ripped it in half. I didn’t have the language to express my feelings then, but my thoughts were something like “Oh, it’s like that, motherfucker? Got it.” Mrs. Fey’s change-of-life baby had entered the real world.

During the spring semester of kindergarten, I was slashed in the face by a stranger in the alley behind my house. Don’t worry. I’m not going to lay out the grisly details for you like a sweeps episode of Dateline. I only bring it up to explain why I’m not going to talk about it.

I’ve always been able to tell a lot about people by whether they ask me about my scar. Most people never ask, but if it comes up naturally somehow and I offer up the story, they are quite interested. Some people are just dumb: “Did a cat scratch you?” God bless. Those sweet dumdums I never mind. Sometimes it is a fun sociology litmus test, like when my friend Ricky asked me, “Did they ever catch the black guy that did that to you?” Hmmm. It was not a black guy, Ricky, and I never said it was.

Then there’s another sort of person who thinks it makes them seem brave or sensitive or wonderfully direct to ask me about it right away. They ask with quiet, feigned empathy, “How did you get your scar?” The grossest move is when they say they’re only curious because “it’s so beautiful.” Ugh. Disgusting. They might as well walk up and say, “May I be amazing at you?” To these folks let me be clear. I’m not interested in acting out a TV movie with you where you befriend a girl with a scar. An Oscar-y Spielberg movie where I play a mean German with a scar? Yes.

My whole life, people who ask about my scar within one week of knowing me have invariably turned out to be egomaniacs of average intelligence or less. And egomaniacs of average intelligence or less often end up in the field of TV journalism. So, you see, if I tell the whole story here, then I will be asked about it over and over by the hosts of Access Movietown and Entertainment Forever for the rest of my short-lived career.

But I will tell you this: My scar was a miniature form of celebrity. Kids knew who I was because of it. Lots of people liked to claim they were there when it happened. I was there. I saw it. Crazy Mike did it!

Adults were kind to me because of it. Aunts and family friends gave me Easter candy and oversize Hershey’s Kisses long after I was too old for presents. I was made to feel special.

What should have shut me down and made me feel “less than” ended up giving me an inflated sense of self. It wasn’t until years later, maybe not until I was writing this book, that I realized people weren’t making a fuss over me because I was some incredible beauty or genius; they were making a fuss over me to compensate for my being slashed.

I accepted all the attention at face value and proceeded through life as if I really were extraordinary. I guess what I’m saying is, this has all been a wonderful misunderstanding. And I shall keep these Golden Globes, every last one!



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Excerpted from Bossypants by Fey, Tina Copyright © 2011 by Fey, Tina. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 3

Origin Story 7

Growing Up and Liking It 11

All Girls Must Be Everything 19

Delaware County Summer Showtime! 27

That's Don Fey 45

Climbing Old Rag Mountain 57

Young Men's Christian Association 67

The Windy City, Full of Meat 81

My Honeymoon, or A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again Either 89

The Secrets of Mommy's Beauty 103

Remembrances of Being Very Very Skinny 115

Remembrances of Being a Little Bit Fat 117

A Childhood Dream, Realized 119

Peeing in Jars with Boys 133

I Don't Care If You Like It 143

Amazing, Gorgeous, Not Like That 147

Dear Internet 163

30 Rock: An Experiment to Confuse Your Grandparents 169

Sarah, Oprah, and Captain Hook 197

There's a Drunk Midget in My House 237

A Celebrity's Guide to Celebrating the Birth of Jesus 245

Juggle This 255

The Mother's Prayer for Its Daughter 261

What Turning Forty Means to Me 265

What Should I Do with My Last Five Minutes? 267

Acknowledgments 277

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  • Posted April 27, 2011

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    Laugh-Out-Loud Hilarious

    First off, I'm not a huge Tina Fey fan. I don't watch SNL and the only other shows I have seen her in are Date Night and Mean Girls. I don't hate her and I don't love her, she's somewhere in between. I was in Borders and I was completely book-less (a very sad state to be in) and just as I was about to leave the store, on a whim, I grabbed her book and bought it. And let me tell you, I'm glad I did.

    She chronicles her life with humor, dry wit (by the way, I never knew what that meant until I read Bossypants), and complete honesty. She talks about her family, her teen years, her job at the soul-sucking YMCA, her first OB/GYN visit, her almost fatal honeymoon, breast feeding, the creation of 30 Rock and so much more. It had me laughing out loud constantly, and thinking what an interesting life she's led.

    I really don't think you have to be a hardcore Tina Fey fan to enjoy this book. Bossypants was a hilarious and heartfelt book about life and its many weird/scary/fun and crappy adventures. I think most people can relate to her experiences in one way or the other. All in all, it was a blast reading about her life. I strongly recommend to anyone who likes autobiographies and comedy.

    142 out of 150 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 5, 2011

    For hardcore Fey fans only

    I adore Tina Fey. This book could have been 300 pages of calling me a fat, spinster trash heap and I would have found it witty and insightful. But will this book appeal to anyone who doesn't already love Ms. Fey? Absolutely not. The awkward growing-up stories are run of this mill and didn't make me laugh. The book picked up when talking about the SNL/Sarah Palin/30 Rock days but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone but the most devoted Fey fans.

    51 out of 75 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 14, 2011

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    Oh Tina, you rascal!

    Let me start by saying I'm a huge Tina Fey fan. So, as soon as I heard about this book, I immediately downloaded it. I laughed through most of the book. I could go on and on about the parts I like, such as her answers to her internet naysayers, or her lifelong retorts to homophobes. But, if you got this book, you already know she's pretty funny. Here is my ONLY critique of a book I truly loved. She is waaaay too nice and gracious. Do I think Lorne Michaels gave her a great start and believed in her? Certainly. Do I think Alec Baldwin was a huge boon to her show and a mentor to her? You betcha. But the consummate "thank you's" and accolades to the big shots got long in the tooth for me. I preferred her praise of other writers, unsung heroes, as it were. That being said, I respect her very much and her right to tell her story in her own way on her own terms. This is merely my personal opinion, and not a cheap shot. So I'll wait till she's older and hopefully writes her memoirs - they always seem to provide a bit more insight into the person. I got a lot of "Tina Fey - Funny Lady" and would have preferred a little more insight into the "Tina Fey - Actual Human Chick".

    22 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 6, 2011

    Love love love her!

    I agree with mitochondrialeve. If you love Tina Fey you will love this book. She is funny, witty, smart without being condascending. She is who she is, doesnt make excuses for it ...she just is. I will read and watch anything that has her name stamped on it. Love it...love her!

    20 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 28, 2013

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    A very in-depth story of the many lives of Tina Fey - from child

    A very in-depth story of the many lives of Tina Fey - from childhood nerd to comic powerhouse. Very well written. Highly recommended. Good for a lot of laughs.

    18 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 20, 2013

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    Awesome book!

    Awesome book!

    14 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 7, 2011

    Smart, Funny, and Timely

    Few people can make important social commentary while being this funny. I literally laugh out loud at least once every page. I don't get why the other commentors are hedging and saying it's only for hard core Tina Fey fans. I have always liked her, but after reading this book, NOW I love her. This book gives insightful thoughts on what its like to be a (successful) woman in a male-dominated workplace. I absolutely respect her more after knowing how she got to where she is today. Fey's memoir is smart, self-deprecating, and loads of fun to read. You won't regret buying this book.

    14 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 4, 2013

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    A laugh out loud delight! If you like Tina Fey as a comedic actr

    A laugh out loud delight! If you like Tina Fey as a comedic actress, you'll enjoy this book.

    13 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 17, 2011

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    There is no room for boredom!

    BOSSY PANTS is one to read when you want to laugh from deep within. Tina Fey has a way with words that she can work in her witty humor, her world views, prejudice against women, and feminism in her self-deprecating way that ultimately inspires. She's a powerhouse of fun and inspiration and makes our every day lives feel exciting! There is no room for boredom! I highly recommend!

    13 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2011

    Don't Waste Your Money

    I love Tina Fey, which is why I downloaded this book. I thought that it was going to showcase her comedic outlook on life. If you are interested in how a woman breaks into the world of comedy, then I guess you would enjoy it. I found it boring, and hard to finish. I read a wide variety of books, and this is the first one in a very long time I just could not finish. Boring......

    12 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 3, 2011

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    Great Fun Read

    This was a great read. The writing is beautiful, the story wonderful. I can't wait for the next book to come out.

    8 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 7, 2011

    Five Stars for those who appreciate Fey's humor!

    I wouldn't recommend reading this book right before bed. I was laughing so hard just in the first few pages, I couldn't sleep. While I may not agree with Fey's politics, I truly appreciate her wit, honesty, and self-deprecating humor. Thanks for a great book, Tina! I wish it had been Harry Potter length, though.

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2011

    Great book!

    Tina Fey is hilarious. I love her even more after reading this book.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2012

    Conflicted

    I am a tina fey fan and have been with 30 rock since the beginning, love her and amy on snl, etc. I have read many a comic's books so i understand how they go, they're funny stories.about their life or about nothing at all.

    What i didn't like about Bossypants was the stories weren't even a chapter long, they didn't flow well together' i felt there were no transitions between them. Which just left.me confused frusturated and with the feeling of never hearing the ending. They're pretty much all very funny though, i found myself skimming over a few "stories". But it's a short, funny read. I probably wouldn't pay for it again or even read it again. But. Know what to expect and you'll get it.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2012

    Disappointing

    I think i laughed 4 times

    4 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

    Amazing. Funny.

    Tina has the type of character on tv that makes you laugh and want tk be frends with her Liz Lemon persona; this book shows that not only ks Liz Lemon funny and personab, but Tina is as well. Funny. Good read.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2012

    based on sample

    i did not like t.fey on snl or 30 rock, so i'm not really surprised that i did not like the sample

    3 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 9, 2012

    a guffaw on every page.

    I needed a bit of a pick-me-up and this did the trick. I was made fun of for laughing out loud at work, and had to keep from snorting in the local starbucks at some of her antics. I highly recommend this book to anyone, especially those growing premature frown lines. This will certainly lighten anyone's mood.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2012

    Lol

    Laugh out loud hilarious. Loved it!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Funny. Good read.

    Great book. Tina Fey is great. Must read.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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