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.