Fey, Tina

Book - 2011
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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 : Little, Brown and Co., 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316056861
Branch Call Number: 792.7028092 F433b 2011
Characteristics: viii, 277 p. :,ill. ;,25 cm
Alternate Title: Bossy pants


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Fascinating memoir by Saturday Night Live funny lady Tina Fey.

Tina Fey reveals all. From youthful days as a nerd to Saturday Night Live, her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty, and to her life as a mother eating things off the floor.

Tina Fey is one funny human being and this book proves it!

How does a woman survive and thrive in the male-dominated comedy world?

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Mar 06, 2015
  • MaxineML rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

At times funny, but mostly it seemed like Fey was trying a bit too hard. She had some good points, but I was hoping for a bit more depth in her background, family history, and where she is today. She is, without a doubt, a funny lady - but it doesn't seem to come across in print.

Recommend for fans of 30 Rock and SNL.

Jan 30, 2015
  • deborahjohnston rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A fun read. A highlight was an anecdote about Amy Pohler giving Jimmy Fallon a dressing down. if you're looking for a lazy summer read, pick this up.

Jan 29, 2015


Jan 20, 2015
  • mtri rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Laugh out loud funny--you will not be disappointed. Have read this three times, when I need a good, light read.

Jan 04, 2015
  • ParrenoDude rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I honestly cannot remember the last time I laughed aloud so many times while reading a book. I read this on a transcontinental flight, and people kept staring at me as I chucked repeatedly.

Jan 03, 2015
  • Ham625 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Good, but not as good as the hype.

Oct 29, 2014
  • lbarkema rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Funny in parts, but not as funny as I was hoping it would be. Still, it was an interesting look into her life and I loved hearing more about the background of SNL and 30 Rock.

Oct 11, 2014
  • EastVanVegan rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I <3 Tina Fey's SNL and 30 Rock jokes, but when it comes to her other work, not so much. Disappointed.

Sep 10, 2014
  • WVMLStaffPicks rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Reading this book made me want to adopt Tina Fey as a guru. How can I help it when she drops such lines as this: “’Blorft’ is an adjective I just made up that means 'Completely overwhelmed but proceeding as if everything is fine and reacting to the stress with the torpor of a possum.” Tina Fey celebrates the imperfections of growing up in the suburbs, examines her early years learning the crafts of acting and comedy writing, and then delves into building her acting career and her more recent attempts to balance the spotlight with her family life. She is at her best when spinning self-deprecating tales which inevitably end in a powerful punch line.

Aug 23, 2014
  • Ailiene rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Quite disappointed in this book as I thought there would be more laughs.

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Oct 14, 2012
  • lisahiggs rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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
  • lisahiggs rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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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May 20, 2011
  • DanniOcean rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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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