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Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Tina Fey's new book

Tina Fey's memoir, Bossypants, comes out today! She talks hilariously about her life, from her awkward childhood in Pennsylvania and one-sided college romance to her days at Saturday Night Live and near-fatal honeymoon. The reviews are raving, and I can't wait to read it, especially the chapter on juggling work and motherhood, a topic near and dear to my heart. Are you going to read it? (Also, thoughts on the cover?)

ADVANCE PRAISE FOR BOSSYPANTS:
"I hope that's not really the cover. That's really going to hurt sales." (Don Fey, Father of Tina Fey)
"Totally worth it." (Trees)

My favorite photo of Tina, from an American Express ad a while back:

133 comments:

Stacey said...

Oh, Tina. I love her! Creepiest picture ever on the cover, though!

Joanna Goddard said...

SUCH a creepy cover, i agree!

Michele said...

Wow! I didn't even know she had a book coming out. This is why I love you Joanna. ;) Ready to pick up her book. Tina Fey is by far my favorite comedian!

Keri said...

Did you read her New Yorker article on motherhood and career? (from the Anniversary issue) Brilliance!

Megan said...

I once spilled wine on her AND her hubby at a party. It was pretty mortifying. ALSO, WE SHARE THE SAME BIRTHDAY! I'm sure she remembers me and thinks of me fondly (uh, not).

Joanna Goddard said...

YES! i LOVED the new yorker articles -- which were actually excerpts from the book! i wish i could link to them, but you need a subscription to read them online.

Joanna Goddard said...

no way, megan!! that's a serious claim to fame :)

That's Not My Age said...

Looking forward to this - and the next series of 30 Rock!

Kendra said...

Looks so funny! I was reading her feature in Glamour yesterday... she is a fabulous lady!

 PIECE OF CAKE. PEACE OF MIND.

Giulia said...

I hate the cover though. Ugh. I don't know if non-subscribers can read but maybe...there were two excerpts in recent New Yorkers.

Tina is one of my heroes...nothing makes me happier than if someone says, "you remind me of Tina Fey & it's not just 'cause you have on your glasses..." They kind of turn their head & squint like I'm going to hit them. But nooooo. So happy.

Giulia said...

Oh sorry. I didn't see the comments re: NYer before I left the comment.

JenLynn said...

I've been curious about the book, I might check it out since it has been getting rave reviews.

dawn said...

i love her quote in the new instyle magazine:

Kids are definitely the boss of you. Anyone who will barge into the room while you are on the commode is the boss of you. And when you explain to them that you're on the commode and that they should leave but they don't? That's a high-level boss.

hilarious!

Alessandra said...

I love her and definitely will read the book.
I had to take a second look at the cover...so quirky, so her...but yes, creepy!!!

Stephanie said...

Umm... yeah, definitely a creepy cover! But it sounds like it would be a good read, I'll have to add it to the ever-growing list. :-)

Alejandra Ramos said...

I'm looking forward to reading the book, but the cover totally grosses me out! lol

hayley said...

haha, that looks funny! :)a

Lux said...

She's my hero :)

HiLLjO said...

near death honeymoon?! Crazy! Like that cover... lol.

Jenni Austria Germany said...

dang, i want a wine-spilling tina fey story...

of course the reviews are raving, she is a genius! i'm so happy to hear she has a book - i had no idea (since moving to europe my american pop culture isolation has taken a turn for the worse). if i could get my hands on a copy here, i'm sure i wouldn't be able to put it down. i love everything she takes part in from SNL (even the later years...cough, sarah palin, cough) to Date Night (SO funny) to Baby Mama...can you tell i love tina fey?

Joanna Goddard said...

the cover reminds me of that Seinfeld where he dates the girl with man hands. so gross! but i love tina fey so much :)

Brenna [fabuleuxdestin] said...

Yay Philly girls! She's awesome!

Andrea said...

I so just read all about this in this months InStyle. She is sooo amazing.OOOoo I am all about reading her book
pics-o-andrea

Lady Grey said...

I'm definitely going to read this! Thanks for sharing... I just adore her!!
xo

Amy Rene said...

I pre-ordered it yesterday from Amazon... I can't wait to read it!

And, totally Seinfeld-esque cover. Perfect example!

Kelly said...

love tina fey!
i can't wait to read the book!
xo-kelly

http://beinglovely.blogpost.com

Jess said...

Joanna, you beat me to it! It's SO man hands!
I absolutely love her, thanks for the recommendation.


Jess

lisa zain @etsy said...

i think the cover (however creepy) is perfect for her! she is never worried about how she is viewed, and though she is totally sexy she's not trying "too hard." can't wait to read!

Lisa said...

I can NOT wait to read it!! I feel like Liz Lemon on a more than daily basis. Hoping they have it at the NYPL soon...

Laura. said...

the quote from her DAD?!! hilarious. ah, i love tina fey. the cover is creepy and really funny.

Kayla said...

I just read the sample pages on Amazon and started cracking up within the first two sentences! I'll have to get this soon. Thanks for posting!

La Maison Fou said...

Why would I not of expected this from her! Love me some Tina!
L.

Dancing Branflake said...

I so love her! Talk about one extraordinary woman.

DeAnna Caggiano said...

I agree that the man hands are creepy but she's so fantastic, who cares! haha

I need to get to the bookstore!

deannacaggiano.blogspot.com

goodnightstars said...

that cover is hilarious. i love it. she is always so funny.

Her name was Lola said...

I have been waiting for this for months! I cannot wait to read + I think the cover is classic Tina. Hilarious. xo Lola

jess said...

i think the cover is hilariously discomfiting, just like a lot of her humor. i heart her so and am def. planning to read this!

Eliza Jane said...

I'm buying it today!! I can't WAIT to read it!

Bethany said...

Excited to read this since it's getting so many good reviews. I've always loved that ad from her, too. Creepy cover photo - wonder what it implies as far as the memoir is concerned, or if it's just meant to be funny.

kfine said...

I preordered it and it magically appeared on my kindle this morning. I started it on my train ride and LOVE it. So lovely. Highly recommended!

Diana Mieczan said...

She is totally brilliant and I can't wait to get the book. The American Express ad is my favourite too:) Kisses, Joanna

Anonymous said...

Think those are Alec Baldwin's arms/hands?

Joanna Goddard said...

good to know, kfine!!

Cath said...

Holy geez, she's awesome. I mean, how great is it that a female celebrity doesn't feel the need to huss herself up for publicity? Love it. Love her. And extra love the advance praise!
This one's going to be a keeper.

Annie said...

Can we please get a Cup of Jo/Tina Fey interview? It would be made of awesome.

jules said...

I adore Tina Fey.. when I was in fifth grade I wrote my "what I want to be when I grow up essay" on becoming a regular on SNL.
love the cover :)

Hilary Grace said...

YES! I can't wait to read this!

Anonymous said...

I am dying to read this! Love the "trees" comment.

S. Santos said...

I personally love the cover! It's one that will truly make someone look twice so hats off to her!

Sandra
http://alittlemorethanlifeblog.blogspot.com/

Jesse said...

yes, can't wait!

Joanna Goddard said...

oh, annie, i wish!

ALEX and EMILY said...

I am a HUGE Tina Fey fan, she is a comedic genious!! Not to mention gorgeous and extremely talented. I cannot wait to read this!!!

-Emily

ag. said...

She is just too funny! I just watched Date Night again the other night and it makes me laugh...a lot! I think her book would be such a great read. The cover sure is eye-cathing...I think it kinda fits with a lot of her comedy!

Jill Wignall said...

Thanks for letting us know about this. I guess in America everyone knows about this but in England she's not so huge. I'm totally going to buy it. I bet I laugh outloud whilst reading it.

Bronwyn said...

I love the second photo, too!
She wrote about juggling motherhood and work and the prospect of having another baby in the New Yorker a while ago - did you read it? I loved it...
And I hope to read the book, too!

windeater.blogspot.com

Nicole LeLacheur said...

Gotta love Tina, this will be a book I actually read that isn't for school.

christine donee said...

Haha.. I find the cover to be hysterical! Can't wait to give it a read :)

Kirstin said...

I just bought it on my kindle! And I have to say, even though I am only in the introduction I am already laughing hysterically. I just LOVE her sense of humor.

Estelle said...

I've been counting the days for this book. Love Tina Fey any way I can get her. But the cover is killing me.

Michele said...

Not a huge fan of the cover, but I am a big fan of Tina Fey. She's so talented. I liked the Vogue article that featured her about a year ago. She talked about coming up with the term "mom jeans"! Hilarious! I'd definitely be interested in reading her book.

Steffys Pros and Cons said...

i had no idea she wrote a book! cannot wait to read it as well!


<3 steffy
Steffys Pros and Cons

sherryyo said...

I chose the exact same two Advance Praise lines when I was forwarding info on this book to my friends! Haha!

Kat said...

I love that AmEx ad too. I was just thinking about it the other day as I tried too distract my toddler away from my laptop, unsuccessfully.

JennySue said...

The hairy arms are kinda gross, but typically funny Tina. I remember that AmEx ad too thinking it was genius. I am not much of a reader (except for fashion mags, do those count?) but this might be one I should start with.

Julie Ann said...

Tina Fey. Liz Lemon. Love it all. Has anyone read the blog post proclaiming that 30 Rock is a rip-off of The Muppet Show? http://bloglynch.blogspot.com/2009/06/30-rock-is-rip-off-of-muppet-show.html Interesting insight? Yes. Do I care? Not really.

My question to the book cover selection committee - why so much hair?!

Chloe said...

Thanks for the post, I went and picked up the book today! I adore Tiny Fey and can't wait to read it.

BASIIK said...

Oh I love her! I didn't even know she was coming out with a book. I'll need to look into this asap.

Jhope said...

Been waiting patiently for the book release! She's a genius.

marissa (stylebook) said...

that cover is totally grossing me out, but it's SO her! i absolutely want to read it.

Kathy said...

I've really been struggling with the full-time-working-mom thing, so hopefully this will offer some lighthearted insight. So glad I saw this, thanks. :)

Emily said...

That cover just kills me!

JoL said...

LOVE her! can't wait to read - it is at the top of my "book" list!

(yes, I keep a list of books I want to read as a note on my phone - otherwise when I go in to HalfPrice books I wind up with a stack of books NOT on my list, then I have to go back and buy even more books!)


http://mylifeasanamazon.blogspot.com/

albeit... said...

LOVE THE HYSTERICAL COVER!! sold for me.

http://albeitdotdotdot.blogspot.com/

EV Breakfast Club said...

Ohmygosh I LOVE LOVE LOVE Tina Fey. I have to fly a lot this month, can't wait to hunker down in my tiny airplane seat and read this.

Joanna Goddard said...

haha, ev, you're so cute. i love all these hilarious comments!

FoodieWife said...

Tina Fey is truly suberp. She seems so down to earth yet so elegant - both in homour & lifestyle. I love this Amex ad. I've now got a reason to keep my office messy... clearly it is inspirational.

Love your blog Joanne. Thanks.
FoodieWifeTO

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erin said...

Oh, I can't WAIT to read this. And... I will never judge a book by it's cover (creepy arms though). XO

Cassandra Marie said...

Uggghh...those arms!!! Lol. Was NOT expecting that. Book cover aside though, she's amazing! :)

carina said...

I am looking forward to reading it. The cover is true Tina:-D
I was going to write a comment the other day asking you, Joanna, if you were going to do anything special when you hit the 20000 followers mark, but alas, now it's too late. You accumulate followers faster than I can type, Joanna.

xo
Carina


P.S. I'm very much on the A Cup of Jo/Tina Fey interview team! Why don't you ask? Why wouldn't she want to? I have a good feeling about it:-)

Snappy Di said...

Love Tina, but that cover? well, I gotta tell you, it sorta creeps me out a bit.

Di

kaela d. said...

bahaha tina fey is amazing. i'm going to have to buy this. that cover is awkward, just like her.

Nikki said...

all of these comments persuaded me to buy this for kindle right now. I'm not gonna lie, I am about to read it on my kindle app on my mac while pretending to work for the rest of the day.

AMELIA said...

I like the cover! It's very HER; funny and political and sassy. Can't wait to read.

www.clotheshorsenyc.com

Chassi said...

Ah! I'd love to read this. Tina is wonderful. Definitely a girl-crush of mine. :)

Lilly said...

I LOVE Tina Fey and Liz Lemon!! I ordered the book, can't wait til it arrives, have been looking forward to it for months now!! The cover is creepy, but hilarious too, no?!

Viv said...

Tina is SO spexy!!!

Nadine2point0 said...

A friend of mine is passing it along to me...Tina's very real. I look forward to it.

Magda said...

She's Greek, funny and I love her. The cover is hilarious. Totally Seinfeld/man-hands episode. It's great!

Girly Notes said...

i love tina fay so much but the cover is freaking me out haha

http://girlynote.blogspot.com

Stephanie said...

My favorite Tina Fey quote: "Kids are definitely the boss of you. Anyone who will barge into the room while you are on the commode is the boss of you. And when you explain to them that you're on the commode and that they should leave but they don't? That's a high-level boss."

Hilarious and so so true, right?! Love her!

Stephanie
www.1sweetlemon.blogspot.com

17 Perth said...

That cover is hilarious! Ha! I love it. i cannot wait to read this.

Charity said...

I love the bottom picture! As for the cover, I love women like her and Kristin Wiig who are so, so beautiful but are willing to make themselves look ugly or crazy or silly for the sake of laughter. So inpiring! xoxo Charity
somedreamingtree.blogspot.com

janis said...

I was recently reading the Instyle article about her - she is so great. Perfect combination of hilarious & creative. What a gal!

iheartkiwi said...

Janeane Garofalo just did a review of the book on NPR and it sounded like she loved it!

I am totally going to pick it up. I'm sure Kiwi will love it too seeing as Tina Fey is one of his celebrity crushes :) Although, he may not be anymore after seeing her book cover! Ha ha.

Bad Joan said...

Love your blog and your original posts!

http://badjoan.blogspot.com/

naomi said...

my favorite photo of her as well!

Abendall said...

are those alec baldwin's arms?? ew.

WhitG said...

Much love for Tina. Can't wait to read this.

Abigail Rose said...

I love her! Me and my dad use to stay up late and watch re-runs of SNL with her. Oh the memories! thanks for the post!

Joanna Goddard said...

haha, are they really alec baldwin's arms? hilarious, if so :)

Amber said...

Love it! I will so read.

Love your blog!!!

elissa, ebb & flow said...

i cannot wait to read this! the cover is a bit disturbing but hilarious nonetheless.

Tatiana said...

Joanna,
Unrelated to Tina Fey....There's a good post on Apartment Therapy from today on working from home with kids. You may appreciate some of it :)

Joanna Goddard said...

oh, tatiana, i am going to look it up right now!!

Jessie said...

I love her so much, she can do anything she pleases in my book!

HipHopLess said...

I love Tina Fey and I love your blog! Keep up the good work :)

Greetings from Malaysia.

Tish said...

The cover is a creepy one, but I seriously had to do a triple take to get it all in...clever marketing if you ask me. :)

After the NPR review I had to put it on my list!

Sobrina Tung said...

i love love love her. i can't wait to get my hands on a copy :)

Amanda Swann said...

That cover is crazy!! Perfect for her though. I am also looking forward to hearing her thoughts on working and motherhood. I'd actually love to hear your thoughts on it to. I often wonder how you juggle it all especially as a work at home mom.

The Cheeky Cafe

Sasha said...

Tina Fey is one of my favorite people. As far as I'm concerned, she is the funniest comedian these days. It's also kind of awesome to see another greek-american gal doing her thing. A wonderful inspiration :) Great post!

Tim said...

Cool stuff.

5 Star Weddings said...

such a funny pic, that looks like me!

the lil bee said...

I will definitely be reading it. I really admire her and, yes, the topic is definitely near and dear to my heart, too. Any advice smart women can give on juggling mom and work, I am ALL EARS!!

tracy said...

Tina Fey is my hero and I also love that AmEx ad! I have been looking forward to this for a couple of years!

www.theslowlifenc.blogspot.com

pobox607 said...

I can't wait for this read. My boyfriend and I are 30 Rock junkies! Tina Fey is the funniest.
Thanks + xo.
Lisa@pobox607

raynette said...

i also love that ad, i think i have it saved somewhere in one of my magazine tear out piles.

Poet Whale said...

The cover is creepy in a don't want to look at it way. Clever image, but a big edge pushing overreach.

Kaci said...

I'm so excited for her book. She's hilarious and a genius and completely my hero. I can't wait!

Lexi said...

I definitely need to get a copy of this. I love her!

xox Lexi
Glitter & Pearls

Sarah said...

You guys are crazy! The cover is totally Tina, in all her self-deprecating glory. I can't stop looking at it, it's so strange and awesome. I CANNOT wait to read it!

ROXY MARJ said...

That cover is HILARIOUS! I'd read it just because of that!!!

Nomadic D. said...

Excellent! Can't wait, I'm going to down load it to my kindle today, and hopefully it'll get me through the rest of this never-ending flu! Thanks for the recommendation!

http://nomadic-d.blogspot.com/

Sister Shirley said...

The cover is hilarious yet so disturbing, I don't think I could stand to look at it for long. Anyone know of any good book sleeves for sale???

MUG said...

I am the hold list for this at the local library! So excited! That said, who okayed this creepy cover?

Lauren said...

I pre-ordered it months ago and it downloaded to my kindle on tuesday. I'm almost done! I love tina... i met her about 8 years ago when she was still doing update with Jimmy on SNL and got a picture with her.... it's still on my fridge.

Sierra said...

Excellent, can't wait to read it!!

marisol said...

i just heard an interview on the radio with Tina Fey, she talked about her book and everything. She is super funny!

Kelly said...

LOVE Tina Fey! Can't wait for her book!

Luciane at HomeBunch.com said...

Those arms grows me out!!! LOL

Besides I'm pregnant and everything grows me out lately! LOL

I hope you have a wonderful day!

xo

Luciane at HomeBunch.com

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Société à Hong-Kong said...

I'm so excited for her book. She's hilarious and a genius and completely my hero. I can't wait!

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