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 it.I 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. 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 I m listening to the audiobook and it s even better than the print. 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 quick 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 past.And 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 me Personal 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 hire work 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 f cking 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 haunches So yeah, it s brilliant It s hilarious JUST GO READ IT ALREADY haha 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 to.As 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 quirky 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 sh t 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 further Audiobook 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 day.Blog Instagram Twitter 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.Personally, 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 living.I 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 Rock.Dating MarriageMan walks up to Liz at the bar Gentleman 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 coolMan leaves Jenna That guy wanted to buy you a drink Liz 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 murdered.ReligionTracy 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 businessman.Liz A businesswoman.Jack I don t think that s a word.Jack 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 do.Liz Yeah, you do.Jack Grow up, Lemon FinanceJack So what are you gonna do with your money Put it into a 401 k Liz Yeah, I gotta get one of those.Jack What Where do you invest your money, Lemon Liz I ve got like twelve grand in checking.Jack Are you an immigrant Dealing with StressLiz Hey, nerds Who s got two thumbs, speaks limited French, and hasn t cried once today This moi.Managing 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 bulk.Liz I sure am.Kenneth And your landlord called and he says it s not the toilet, it s you.Liz That s his opinion Liz I did Big Sister in college That little girl taught me how to use tampons.DietingLizSinging while eating cheeseWorking on my night cheeseknock at the doorUhh, Jack Do you know what time it is I was sound asleep.Sexual PoliticsLiz No, Jack You were just talking about how you miss office hookups That is a double standard.Jack Calm down.Liz 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 Raymond.FashionLiz 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 condom.PoliticsLiz If I can t poop in the street, why should my tax dollars pay for someone else to 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 quite 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. Thoroughly enjoyed listening to this Meager The degree of insight here is microscopic at most Anecdotes those that matter to us, TV film buffs of the world are soooo ridiculously scant Its akin to ridiculing a very unique 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 techniques, 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 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 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 stories that they want to hear from you Readers trust Sedaris to talk about the aspects of his life that he wants to illuminate Tina Fey writes as if she is obligated to spend time on certain things her Palin impression, her scar, etc., and then she has less time to touch on other things Mean Girls is mentioned only in passing in a chapter that had nothing to do with it A longer and in depth would have talked about writing her first big movie script, or acting in a movie, or working with Lindsay Lohan I d love to have heard Saturday Night Live stories Not a tell all, but just a little depth instead of the glances we get.Fey makes some good points about women in comedy, and about comedy in general, and about women in general, and a whole lot of other stuff She s smart and funny, and wise enough to disguise some truths behind jokes, the way Jessica Seinfeld hides spinach in brownies All in all, it s a solid book of anecdotes that could have been a little bit.