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If You Ask Me (And of Course You Won't)

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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. ...

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Overview

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 fifteen years of her life, If You Ask Me is funny, sweet, and to the point-just like Betty White.

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Editorial Reviews

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Welcome to the Betty White Renaissance! In truth, the now 89-year-old, former Golden Girl has never gone away, but in the past two years, she has won a Primetime Emmy, hosted Saturday Night Live, posed for her own calendar, debuted a clothing line, and appeared as a guest star on numerous shows, including 30 Rock and Community. In this adventurous update on her ongoing autobiography, she shares wisps of wisdom and stories of her octogenarian activities. Slyly profound; heartwarmingly winning. A Barnes & Noble Bestseller now in trade paperback and NOOK Book.

Edward Ash-Milby

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More Hollywood anecdotes, plus insights on issues like love, sex, television, and celebrity. White is hot, and not just in Cleveland; last May she became the oldest person ever to host Saturday Night Live after a huge Facebook campaign.
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The beloved actress shares some of her recent experiences.

White's (Here We Go Again: My Life in Television, 1995, etc.) autobiographical work reads much like an enjoyable, if one-sided, afternoon chat with a charming personality. She engagingly addresses an ever-present second person and intuits the questions her audience would ask. White doesn't dwell for long on a given topic, instead relating brief, easily digestible tales. Subsequently, the narrative sometimes lacks cohesion, even structured as it is according to different aspects of her life—e.g., Hollywood Stories, Stagecraft, Love and Friendship and Animal Kingdom, etc. Yet this only further adds to the book's conversational flow. There is nothing overly profound or moving in these pages, nor do the laughs come fast and furious, but readers will enjoy White's gentle tone and cheery stories. She avoids acrid personal attacks or overwrought self-criticisms, and she clearly writes because she enjoys it, a fact she admits on more than one occasion. The book is certainly not an essential read for either historical or humorous purposes, and it's often riddled with clichés, but White's fans and those looking for a bit of light fare will enjoy this latest batch of stories.

A quick, pleasant read from an author whose writing voice is surprisingly reminiscent of her speaking voice.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780594487982
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/3/2011
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Betty White is an entertainment icon who has playing starring roles on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Golden Girls, and Hot in Cleveland, hosted Saturday Night Live (as the result of a fan-driven Facebook campaign), and spoken out on behalf of animals for many years.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2011

    72 pages is the whole book!

    It breaks down to 72 pages because the hardcover copy has lots of blank pages. The 72 pages IS the same product.

    21 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2011

    Only 72 Pages?

    I bought this for nook and I'm extremely disappointed that it's only 72 pages in comparison to the 200+ page hardcover edition. Can it be that all 200+ pages are condensed to only 72 on nook? Have I been deceived? I love Betty...so I guess I'm going to have to go out and buy the hardcover so I can get the full story!

    19 out of 30 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2011

    Rec buying the hard copy. Nook version is only 1/4 of the hardcover 72 of 256 pages.

    Betty White is one of my favorite people and her writing is wonderful. However, I am very disappointed that I only received 1/4 of the book - 72 pages on Nook rather than the 256 hardcover. I paid almost as much as the full hardcover. I recommend not buying the Nook version.

    17 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 13, 2011

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    Who Doesn't Like Betty White?

    Who doesn't love Betty White? Why, I remember watching Life with Elizabeth and The Betty White Show in the 1950s--many years ago! I remember when she and Allen Ludden were together on his Password show. They later married in 1963.

    She still prefers to be called Mrs. Ludden--her married name, and she offers the reader many other incites into her interesting life and career. The book is easy to read, with short chapters, and it's loaded with pictures.

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 9, 2011

    Disappointing sample

    Only 1 page of actual book. Not enough to make a decision.

    8 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 2, 2011

    I'm old enough to know better.

    I cannot believe that anyone, much less a company like Barnes and Noble, has the gall to charge $12.99 for this Nook book or that I, a 70-something, was gullible enough to pay it. If it were 72 pages of fiction, it wouldn't even be in book format. It would be a short story in an obscure women's magazine. I am a huge Betty White fan, but let's be honest. This wonderful, funny actress can't write. While I genuinely admire her talent on camera, I found this book to be a waste of my money and the two hours it took me to read it. I believe the only reason it's a best seller is because Ms. White wrote it. It's not hilarious or insightful, as the editors claim. It's a few pages of much repitition of material that wasn't that great to begin with.

    7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2011

    I like Betty, but . . .

    . . . the book is a waste of time. It can easily be read in a couple of hours. It is filled with nothing! Each "chapter" goes about three paragraphs and much of the material is repetitious. Betty has been a favorite performer of mine for years . . . going back to "Life With Elizabeth", but this book is a complete "dud". Nothing remotely funny and a total waste of time and money!

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2011

    dont recomend it

    For the price I was really disapointed that it has only 72 pages.

    5 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2011

    Perfect just like betty!

    Its an amazing, wondrful, insightful, funny book; just like betty. :) i recomend it to anyone who loves betty or at least thinks shes funny.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 19, 2011

    Funny! Betty is great!!

    This is a great book. I flew thru the pages. She is very entertaining and writes well to keep your interest.
    To those who are concerned to the less pages in this e-book vs the printed one. There were lots of pages with little printing on it in the actual book. They used larger fonts to "flesh-out" the book version. I looked at this in a B&N store. You can be assured when you get the
    e-version, you DO HAVE THE ENTIRE BOOK!! She's so funny!! i would get it again!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2011

    Not worth the money....

    I have watched Betty over the years, mainly as Rose in Golden Girls, re-run after re-run. I was so dissappointed in this book. Coming from Betty, I expected the book to be enlightening and very funny. It was neither.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 16, 2011

    love the book -- all of it! reading on my nook now

    no, the nook version is NOT abridged, it is the same book, word for word, as the ahrdcover. the differnce in page counts is due to typeface, blank pages in the hardocver edition, etc.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2012

    It's Betty White - what else can I say

    If you want to laugh this is a great book to. How can anyone not like Betty White.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 27, 2012

    Frothy entertainment.

    Vignettes from a delightful career are good in short bursts. But Betty's title promised wisdom and advice gleaned from the perspective of her years. Instead, it simply flowed from one name-dropping incident to another. We expected wise advice regarding life in general, and aging gracefully, in particular.

    The book didn't deliver.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 21, 2011

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    Gotta Love Betty White

    I've seen a lot of reviews about the book only being 72 pages. I checked it out from the library. I really enjoyed it. It was short, an easy read, but very fun. I would recommend it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2011

    Highly recommended

    A fun book to read. She is an amazing lady

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 1, 2011

    The book was ok

    I read the book and enjoyed what I read. But to be honest, for $12 + and only 72 pages I was a bit disappointed. Should have taken the Nook to the store and did some free reading.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2011

    if you like betty you will like this

    i liked the book but it wasnt very long only 72 pages for $12.99. Not worth it

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 16, 2011

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    LIES ABOUT THE eBook

    For everyones information the eBook version is NOT abridged at all! What you downloaded was the sample, I myself purchased the eBook version and have the read the book to its entirty. It is legit. Digital is the way to go! And for Betty White- two thumbs way!!! UP!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2014

    CHARACTER OUTTA OLD TV SHOW!!!!!!!!:):0:):0

    SHE PLAYS A DIM-WITTED CHARACTER'S FAMILY MEMBER FROM OLD TV SHOW "MAMA'S FAMILY"!!!!!!!!:0:):0:) Tanner Tan-Man LeSueur

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