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I Know I Am, But What Are You? | [Samantha Bee]

I Know I Am, But What Are You?

Critics have called her “sweet, adorable, and vicious.” But there is so much more to be said about Samantha Bee. For one, she’s Canadian - whatever that means. And now, she opens up for the very first time about her checkered Canadian past. With charming candor, she admits to her Lennie from Of Mice and Men-style love of baby animals, her teenage crime spree as one-half of a car-thieving couple, and the fact that strangers seem compelled to show her their genitals.
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Publisher's Summary

Candid, outspoken, laugh-out-loud funny essays from the much-loved Samantha Bee, the Most Senior Correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

Critics have called her “sweet, adorable, and vicious.” But there is so much more to be said about Samantha Bee. For one, she’s Canadian - whatever that means. And now, she opens up for the very first time about her checkered Canadian past. With charming candor, she admits to her Lennie from Of Mice and Men-style love of baby animals, her teenage crime spree as one-half of a car-thieving couple (Bonnie and Clyde in Bermuda shorts and braces), and the fact that strangers seem compelled to show her their genitals. She also details her intriguing career history, which includes stints working in a frame store, at a penis clinic, and as a Japanese anime character in a touring children’s show.

Samantha delves into all these topics and many more in this thoroughly hilarious, unabashedly frank collection of personal essays. Whether detailing the creepiness that ensues when strangers assume that your mom is your lesbian lover, or recalling her girlhood crush on Jesus (who looked like Kris Kristofferson and sang like Kenny Loggins), Samantha turns the spotlight on her own imperfect yet highly entertaining life as relentlessly as she skewers hapless interview subjects on The Daily Show. She shares her unique point of view on a variety of subjects as wide ranging as her deep affinity for old people, to her hatred of hot ham. It’s all here, in irresistible prose that will leave you in stitches and eager for more.

©2010 Samantha Bee (P)2010 Simon & Schuster, Inc

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    Coby Baker City, OR, United States 06-12-10
    Coby Baker City, OR, United States 06-12-10 Member Since 2008
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    "So Funny!"

    Samantha Bee is hysterical! I can't imagine actually reading this book when you can listen to it. I'm sure it is a funny read as well, but you would deffinitely miss something without Bee's impressions, mannerisms, and inflections. Really, really, funny!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Kelley CA, United States 06-07-10
    Kelley CA, United States 06-07-10 Member Since 2006

    Lover of ideas who feels no guilt at all about her pleasures.

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    "Your new Aunt Bee"

    I'm a fan of the Daily Show, and I've liked Samantha Bee (especially when she wears that sexy retainer), but I wasn't expecting to love her book as much as I did. I was prepared for yet another collection of 'funny' observations - but that's not what "I Know I Am..." is. It's a genuine memoir of a non-traditional childhood, and the picture it paints was familiar to me in many ways. If you've lived a few decades, they'll likely be familiar to you too. Her stories of growing up in three different households are the very opposite of truth-y. They are genuinely funny, in a way that is real. I'd even say important. Oh! I am seriously going to have to use these two words: Uplifting. Healing. (But not in a gay way.)
    If your life sucks right now - you should make her your new Aunt Bee and buy it. If you think your life might suck later, just buy it now so you're ready.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Megan Hartsdale, NY, United States 01-08-11
    Megan Hartsdale, NY, United States 01-08-11
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    "I gotta ramble."

    This book is so GD funny. I've listened to it twice, and both times I nearly had to pull off the side of the road because I was laughing so hard. Samantha tells the story of her twisted upbringing so well. The contrasts between her parental figures is just a recipe for hilarity. I loved this book and have recommended it to all of my friends. And truth be told, I peed a little during the last chapter, I was laughing so hard.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Genevieve Montreal, Quebec, Canada 06-13-10
    Genevieve Montreal, Quebec, Canada 06-13-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Brilliant!"

    Absolutely brilliant! I loved every minute of it! I recommend it to anyone who loves humorous memoirs.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    T Evansville, IN, United States 11-08-11
    T Evansville, IN, United States 11-08-11
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    "Classic sam bee"

    Having the author narrate makes all the difference. Its classic, sarcastic, situational humor that the PC listener may not appreciate. Story line is a little choppy but if you can picture Sam Bees face you will thoroughly enjoy it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Castro Valley, CA, USA 07-20-10
    Richard Castro Valley, CA, USA 07-20-10 Member Since 2003
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    "I Like Samantha, but..."

    I don't know if she's interesting enough to be writing her memoirs/biography. She's a hoot on the daily show (along with hubby Jason Jones), but her uneventful, middle class Canadian upbringing just isn't book worthy. I giggled a couple of times, and listened all the way through, but I can't recommend it.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah TUCSON, AZ, United States 10-15-13
    Sarah TUCSON, AZ, United States 10-15-13 Member Since 2013
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    I'm sorry because I like her but geez this was boring. The stories were didn't flow together well and I just found myself going blablabla in my head.

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    Carrie Anthem, AZ, United States 09-03-12
    Carrie Anthem, AZ, United States 09-03-12
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    "Hilarious!"
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    One funny story after another! If you like the kind of comedy of The Daily Show (Samantha Bee is a correspondence), you will love this book.

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    Justin York New Orleans, LA United States 06-20-12
    Justin York New Orleans, LA United States 06-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes. I really like Samantha Bee and I'm always curious about people's paths.


    Would you recommend I Know I Am, But What Are You? to your friends? Why or why not?

    I think this book appeals more to us comedy nerds.


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    Diane United States 05-24-12
    Diane United States 05-24-12 Member Since 2008
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    "That explains so much!"

    This book is not for the socially conservative or those who are queasy about the seedier side of life. But anyone who watches the Daily Show should know that already. This book is an honest and funny - not pee in your pants funny, but good for several, sometimes uncomfortable, chuckles funny - memoir about growing up as Samantha Bee. Samantha opens her world to us without reservation and reveals the story behind how she became the person we see on television today.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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