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Publisher Comments:

At the age of twenty-six, Penny Marshall was a divorced mother of one living in the Bronx. One year later she starred in a Head & Shoulders commercial (she was the one with the dandruff) with Farah Fawcett. So began the unlikely career of one of Hollywoods most accomplished directors.

My Mother Was Nuts tells the story of Marshalls incredible life, from her starring role on the classic sitcom Laverne and Shirley to her trailblazing moment as the first woman to direct a movie grossing more than $100 million at the box office.

The book is a behind-the-scenes look at Hollywood life, exploring her friendships with John Belushi, Lorne Michaels, Art Garfunkel, and Carrie Fisher, her marriage and eventual divorce from Rob Reiner, and her experiences working with Tom Hanks, Robert De Niro, Robin Williams, Geena Davis, Denzel Washington, and Drew Barrymore.

This is a book about Hollywood, womanhood, and the power of Spanx.

Review:

"Fey's caustic wit and wry delivery made it clear she wasn't another airhead comedienne willing to play dumb for laughs. If the world needed reminding that smart girls can be funny and sexy, Tina Fey proved it." Playboy

Review:

"Goddess of the geeks." Time

Synopsis:

From her lifetime pursuit of the perfect Beauty Routine to the oversold joys of breastfeeding, from her whirlwind tour of duty as the Other Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live to her early days in the comedy trenches — Tina Fey puts her unique and endlessly funny mark on modern life, work, marriage, and motherhood.

Synopsis:

From her humble roots in the Bronx to Laverne and Shirley and her unlikely ascent in Hollywood, the beloved actor and director tells the story of her incredible life.

Synopsis:

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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About the Author

Tina Fey lives in Manhattan, where she is the third funniest person in her household, after her husband and five-year-old daughter.

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Five More Minutes 1

What Were You Expecting—Hedy Lemarr? 8

The Grand Concourse 14

Dinnertime 20

Strictly Ballroom 24

Dear Mom & Dad 32

The Marshall Plan 39

Mucho Grath-e-ath 46

The Facts of Life 52

Mrs. Henry 57

Forget the Gas, I Want the Jell-O 64

Take Everything 70

A Work in Progress 75

Thank God My Brother Had a Job 81

The Manson Murders 87

I Made Him Sick 92

All in the Family 98

Funny Business 106

Out with a Laugh 111

Live from New York 114

Ready for Prime Time 118

Chick Fight 125

From Suds to Stardom 131

Live from New Orleans 135

Wheres Mom? 141

The Remodel 146

Tripping 154

Dirty Laundry 162

Taking Direction 170

Old Friends 176

Good-bye Shirl 182

In the Event of My Death 188

Peggy Sue Blues 193

Jumpin Jack Flash 202

Keeping Things in Perspective 209

Getting Street Cred 213

Heart and Soul 219

A Medical Mystery Tour 231

Batter Up 247

Adding Wood 259

The Gospel 269

The Last Bull Run 280

Riding in Cars 290

Make It Funny, Honey 301

Get Me Some White Castles 306

Five More Minutes 317

Acknowledgments 323

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djaditi, January 4, 2013 (view all comments by djaditi)
Tina Fey's story - through her own hilarious and well-written words - tells the journey of a woman who has followed her passions while confronting obstacles in what is a male dominated (to say the least) industry. In short, it's so funny yet so honest that I couldn't keep it down. She references her career, how women should approach their careers, her sex life and her great advice for women and men in this department and she highlights her own challenges (in her life and in herself). It's oddly both funny and self-reflective. The imagery she paints just jumps off the page. I highly recommend Bossypants!
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Milly, January 3, 2013 (view all comments by Milly)
My mother recommended this book to me, and bought it for my birthday. It was laugh-out loud hilarious. If you need proof that Tina Fey is a top-notch comedy writer you need only read her book.
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Cyrus OBrien, November 13, 2012 (view all comments by Cyrus OBrien)
Proving that Liz Lemon is merely a skewed version of herself, Tina had me laughing literally out loud at her tales of working the front desk at a YMCA, her stint in the traveling company of Second City, and how the gross-out writer room events from 30 Rock episode "Sun Tea" were 100% real. I have read and re-read Bossypants several times, each time enjoying it as if it were the first time I picked it up. Woefully embarrassing teenage years did her well!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316056878
Author:
Fey, Tina
Publisher:
Reagan Arthur Books
Author:
Marshall, Penny
Subject:
Humor-Anthologies
Subject:
Biography-Entertainment and Performing Arts
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
20120131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 1 lb

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Product details 352 pages Reagan Arthur Books - English 9780316056878 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Fey's caustic wit and wry delivery made it clear she wasn't another airhead comedienne willing to play dumb for laughs. If the world needed reminding that smart girls can be funny and sexy, Tina Fey proved it."
"Review" by , "Goddess of the geeks."
"Synopsis" by , From her lifetime pursuit of the perfect Beauty Routine to the oversold joys of breastfeeding, from her whirlwind tour of duty as the Other Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live to her early days in the comedy trenches — Tina Fey puts her unique and endlessly funny mark on modern life, work, marriage, and motherhood.
"Synopsis" by , From her humble roots in the Bronx to Laverne and Shirley and her unlikely ascent in Hollywood, the beloved actor and director tells the story of her incredible life.
"Synopsis" by , 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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