It-girl Betty White delivers a hilarious, slyly profound take on love, life, celebrity, and everything in between.
Drawing from a lifetime of lessons learned, seven-time Emmy winner Betty White's wit and wisdom take center stage as she tackles topics like friendship, romantic love, aging, television, fans, love for animals, and the brave new world of celebrity. If You Ask Me mixes her thoughtful observations with humorous stories from a seven- decade career in Hollywood. Longtime fans and new fans alike will relish Betty's candid take on everything from her rumored crush on Robert Redford (true) to her beauty regimen ("I have no idea what color my hair is and I never intend to find out") to the Facebook campaign that helped persuade her to host Saturday Night Live despite her having declined the hosting job three times already.
Featuring all-new material, with a focus on the past 15 years of her life, If You Ask Me is funny, sweet, and to the point - just like Betty White.
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Since it's mostly a selection of short essays that are rather autobiographical, I would say it's similar to "Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns)" by Mindy Kaling, and also to "Bossy Pants" by Tina Fey.
I'm not very emotional, so no. But it was very cute when she'd mention her late husband Allen Ludden.
I first recall Betty White as Suzanne Niven in the "Mary Tyler Moore" show. Countless interviews and appearances later It is no wonder to me why Betty White is the beloved icon she is.
What I enjoyed most about "If you ask me" was that Betty narrated it herself and no one could have done a better job. In her own words and voice you get the opportunity to learn of this extraordinary woman and her life. The depth of her love and relationship with her late Husband Alan, her dedication to and love for animals, and the relationships with her many co-stars.
The only thing exposed here is Betty's care for others, her conscious remaking of her image into what she is today, and her love and respect for those she has spent so many years working with.
It is only about a 5 hour listen - so my husband and I finished it in 2 round trips to the big city!
It is not a story or an autobiography - but rather each chapter is about a specific topic, like Pets. And the chapters are short, funny and contain personal annecdotes.
I enjoyed it.
It often made me laugh!
Short little book ... really no depth to the content, it's really more of Betty's recollections and thoughts and wisdom... but an enjoyable listen because there is no one like Betty White.
I really like Betty White. Her honesty and integrity are refreshing in a world where those things can be hard to find. She and I are also kindred spirits where animals are concerned. Those stories were the best part of this book for me, as I could totally relate to them. But there weren't many of those, and I found the book to be overall lacking in depth. I enjoyed listening to Betty read it, but I was a little disappointed. Still like & admire the author, though!
I am a writer and the author of six non-fiction books. I enjoy anything by John Grisham, Ann Rule and Jodi Piccoult. I also love animals.
I love Betty White and the fact that she read this book herself was a big selling point for me. She's a great lady and a great advocate for the animals, not to mention a pretty good actress as well. I enjoyed her stories of being an celebrity and being an actress, though I was a little disappointed not to hear some "war stories" about what it is really like to be a celebrity in Hollywood. I didn't expect any name-dropping, of course, just a little more insight into the life of a Hollywood star.
I've always been a big fan of Betty's, but it seems I'm getting to Love her even more as she continues on her life's journey. She is always funny, direct and up front. I like that about her. She reminds me of my beloved Nana who was from the same generation, and I find such a wealth of wisdom there delivered in ways easy to receive and understand. I eagerly look for any of the work she shares with us and relish her performances, as she ages with grace & 'disgrace' so elegantly. Keep it up Betty! You're an inspiration XO
Not really, it was pretty dull.
probably not. I want somthing more exciting.
Her voice is too quiet, and sort of monotone.
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