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If You Ask Me: (And of Course You Won't) [Kindle Edition]

Betty White
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Book Description

The New York Times bestseller from the beloved actress who's made us laugh on shows from The Mary Tyler Moore Show to Saturday Night Live! In this candid take on everything from the unglamorous reality behind red-carpet affairs to her beauty regimen ("I have no idea what color my hair is, and I never intend to find out"), Betty White shares her observations about life, celebrity, and love (for humans and animals). Filled with photos, If You Ask Me is funny, sweet, and straight to the point-just like Betty.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6344 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (3 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004XFYNB0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Boring. 5 Jun. 2012
I love Betty White. I think she has spunk and wisdom to share with every generation. This book, however, is really, really boring. A few quirky one-liners. I read it in about an hour and actually left it on the plane. Her previous book is much better. Maybe next time Betty.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Betty's great; the book, not so much 17 May 2011
Beloved Betty's latest book is almost a non-book, compared to her earlier ones. I loved her memoir, "Here We Go Again," but this is a shallow quickie unworthy of such a great star. There's nothing here that you won't hear Betty say on a talk show. Each chapter, dealing with tried-and-true topics such as aging, dating, costars, and animals, is surrounded by blank pages, contain as few as two or three brief paragraphs, has extra-wide margins, and devotes an entire page to a photo. In short, there's not a lot here.

I'm a big Betty White fan, but I felt let down by this book. It's all familiar territory and she overdoes the "I'm 89!" thing. It's as if someone followed her around with a microphone for a weekend, suggesting topics and recording her off-the-cuff remarks. There's nothing here that will surprise or enlighten. And a minor editing quibble: She frequently underlines words for emphasis instead of using italics, which I prefer. I'm sure the audio version with Betty reading the book would be much more enjoyable, as she is so warm and friendly and has such a pleasant voice.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to see why people still love Betty White 6 May 2011
By david30084 - Published on
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Still going strong at the age of 89, Betty White is practically a force of nature, and only a determined curmudgeon could dislike this endearing collection of mini-essays by the seven-time Emmy winner. Written in a style similar to her previous book "Betty White: In Person," this new book is filled with chatty, warm, winning anecdotes about HOT IN CLEVELAND, her recent turn on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, and, as always, her love for animals. Her fundamental decency as a person, as well as her gifts as a performer, are evident throughout. Numerous black-and-white photos from throughout her career grace the pages. If you're looking for bitterness, cynicism, or salaciousness, keep moving. But if you'd enjoy spending a few hours in the company of a very classy, funny, down-to-earth lady who wears her success lightly, this is just the ticket.
53 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny Betty 5 May 2011
By A&D - Published on
Betty White has become a new top celebrity with her latest successes in movies and television series Golden Girls. In her new book, she discusses of her celebrity, love, aging, television, friends, and her love for animals. She is 89 yrs old now and still as funny and clever as ever. She tells that most of the two- and three-page chapters came to her while she was relaxing on a couch with a pet.

In her book, there is a lot about her passion for animal welfare, including a photo of White sitting face-to-face with Koko gorilla. Betty White has been passionate with the animal welfare for a long time and has been heartbroken of the conditions of some animals and how they are treated. She often tells about the anecdotes of other celebrities like Elizabeth Taylor and how she purchased a puppy in an auction hosted by Betty White, and later on the puppy died.
The book is quite interesting to read. It's a series of short essays about how Betty White feels about a number of different topics.
52 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal for a Mother's Day Gift 6 May 2011
By Laura Van Wormer - Published on
Like her other books, Betty wrote this by herself in long hand that is so beautiful the editor used parts of her manuscript as artwork. The photographs are way cool, and believe it or not, she only finished writing this book about nine weeks ago so. It is a happy and very well designed book, too, the kind you leave on the coffee table and everyone who comes into the house picks up and starts reading. God bless her and rock on, Betty!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Growing older shouldn't be something to complain about." 29 May 2011
By E. Bukowsky - Published on
Do you enjoy those memoirs in which celebrities bare their souls, name-drop shamelessly, and recite their list of romantic conquests? If those are your cup of tea, stay away from Betty White's "If You Ask Me (And of course, You Won't). This is a spare and heartwarming look at White's philosophy of life, the people who have stood by her, what makes for good comedy, and her devotion to animal welfare.

In previous books, White covered her early years, so she touches only briefly on her childhood, her marriage to Allen Lunden, whom she adored, and her early successes in show business. At eighty-nine, White is a hot commodity. She has a successful sitcom and is having a ball appearing in movies, talk shows, and commercials.

"If You Ask Me" is a breezy, fast-paced, and amusing look at how this congenial and funny lady has managed to stay active for so long. White has been in show business for over sixty years. She admits that she is lucky to have enjoyed good health (although she takes full credit for watching her weight). She has high praise for her agent and talks about her passion for acting and the pleasure she derives from her work on behalf of animals. Betty White could not be happier. She believes that "gratitude should be the name of the game" and that "if one has no sense of humor, one is in trouble." Amen to that.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I heart Betty! 16 May 2011
By love, nicole - Published on
I cannot put this book down. It is such a feel good, fun read adorned with great photos throughout. I feel all the more closer to Betty and she simply makes me smile. There is so much to learn from her and she is sharing it all here. I highly recommend this lovely book.
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