Tina says the title of her book came from a brainstorming exercise with her husband. "I was trying to think of words that he associates with me, and all these words were like, 'bossy,' 'grouchy,' 'sour.' I was like, 'Oh, brother.' 'Bossypants' was the friendliest one."

The other big decision was what to use for the book's cover. Tina settled on a picture of herself edited to look like she has the hands and forearms of a stocky, hairy man. Oprah says when she left it on her desk, people couldn't help but react to it.

"I know! The cover makes people so upset. For a picture that's not dirty or violent or anything," Tina says. "My dad goes, 'I do not like that cover.'"


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