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I Know I Am, But What Are You? Audiobook

I Know I Am, But What Are You?

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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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    Renee Lake 04-03-17
    Renee Lake 04-03-17 Member Since 2016
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    "crude, filthy but awesome"

    this was very funny, sardonic, self depreciating, sarcastic, a little insulting and really filthy. my husband and I really liked it.

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    Diane United States 05-24-12
    Diane United States 05-24-12 Member Since 2016
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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.

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    Rial 12-04-16
    Rial 12-04-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Love Samantha Bee! Couldn't love this book."

    Very little of Sam's wit and insight. Lots of complaining and reading from her teenage diary. I found it irritating and couldn't finish the book. Still love her and never miss a chance to see her. I think she is one of the best at what she does, but her teenage diary was not written by the woman she is now.

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    Jason Toronto, ON, Canada 08-20-16
    Jason Toronto, ON, Canada 08-20-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Literally the best audiobook I've ever heard"
    What did you love best about I Know I Am, But What Are You??

    This one tops the list of enjoyable experiences I've had with an audiobook. I go through a lot of them and I've listened to hundreds over the years while I work. I was constantly doubled over with laughter every 30 seconds through this entire book. I can't recommend it highly enough.


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    Kelly SPRINGFIELD, TENNESSEE, United States 08-05-17
    Kelly SPRINGFIELD, TENNESSEE, United States 08-05-17 Member Since 2014

    Kelly, Aussie living in Nashville, Employment Specialist, Writer & so on

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    "For a buzz and a giggle"
    Would you listen to I Know I Am, But What Are You? again? Why?

    Yes. Some aspects of Samantha's upbringing are similar to mine and we grew up in the same era, although separated by oceans. She has a peculiar and particular sense of humor. I found myself giggling often.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How personal and unabashed it was. Samantha tears herself down just as much as she does others. I loved hearing about her stepmother's antics when they went camping.


    Which character – as performed by Samantha Bee – was your favorite?

    Herself. I loved her rationale behind her life decisions and how honest she was about her feelings, motivations etc.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laughed out loud a lot, which can be embarrassing when listening in your car.


    Any additional comments?

    This was so much more satisfying than what I first thought it would be. Even though I love Samantha on TV, I wasn't sure how her memoir would go. Learned a lot about Canada.

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    D. Miller Pennsylvania 08-01-17
    D. Miller Pennsylvania 08-01-17 Member Since 2017
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    "love Sam but have read funnier"

    it definitely has it's moments of funny. I think that Sam Bee is more someone you need to see her face to get some of the funny parts at time. that may have been my whole problem.

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    bayan 07-11-17
    bayan 07-11-17 Member Since 2017
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    "very sweet stories"

    I enjoyed the book I just wish there were more current storries in the book

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    Jill ROCKLAND, ME, United States 06-06-17
    Jill ROCKLAND, ME, United States 06-06-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Samantha Bee is the greatest!"
    If you could sum up I Know I Am, But What Are You? in three words, what would they be?

    This book is just pure gold. Superbly written and even more superbly read. I love this peak into her childhood and early life. I am already looking forward to listening to it for a third time. For real.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


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    95 Badger Canyon Country, CA 06-03-17
    95 Badger Canyon Country, CA 06-03-17 Member Since 2015

    On Wisconsin!

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    "Very enjoyable"

    My daughter and I started listening to this on a road trip and it wasn't right for for the moment. But I restarted it on my own. A bit of a slow start but then it's a hilarious listen. Highly recommend.

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    Laura Murphy 05-29-17
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    "LOVED!"
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    Samantha Bee is hilarious and witty! This book had me laughing out loud! Highly recommend

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