Book Review: Bossy Pants by Tina Fey

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Title: Bossy Pants
Author: Tina Fey
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Tina Fey


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 of those 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.


I read this book so long ago now I must admit I hardly remember any specifics. What I do remember is feeling I liked Yes Please by Amy Poehler better.

This book was quite serious for how I perceived Tina Fey. There weren’t a lot of laughs in the book; maybe a few chuckles, but nothing more. I also enjoyed how Amy got other people involved in her book and the recording of the audiobook for Yes Please.

Even with all the seriousness though, I still enjoyed listening to the stories of Tina Fey’s life. Her lessons learned, that maybe we haven’t yet learned. And life is too short to learn all of life’s lessons ourselves. So it can be good to hear what tricks of the trade others have figured out the rest of us can use to get by.

The one thing I do remember, is she didn’t expect to play Sarah Palin on SNL. I don’t remember why exactly, but she had also left SNL for another project or something was part of the reason. Yet, she went back to SNL, talked of the great people and wonderful family built there. That was very touching. To know a group of people can form a family and be there for each other in a work place. Then I sat back and just thought, “man I wish I had that.”

Knowing the family dynamic is out there somewhere in a workplace is a nice comforting feeling. Now some of us just need to find that for ourselves. Some of it may be our own view of things, we may actually be the one keeping ourselves from having a workplace family. This is the one thing that stuck, and I can say I got from this book. If you too want to learn about a workplace family, pick up Bossy Pants by Tina Fey.