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If You Ask Me: And of Course You Won't

3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  18,348 ratings  ·  1,835 reviews
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 As
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Kindle Edition, 272 pages
Published May 3rd 2011 by Berkley (first published May 1st 2011)
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Marvin
Back in the sixties, there was a man on our block who worked at a television studio as a stage hand. He once told me that there was a lot of dead time during the shootings while he waited to change the sets. The guys would go over to the studio where they were filming the TV game show Password. The attraction: watching Betty White cuss and swear between takes. He told me, "She really has a mouth on her but she is so sweet and funny it's hilarious."

When a friend loaned me this book, I thought it
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Jason Koivu
First off, is there anyone who doesn't love Betty White? You show me that person and I will...oh you don't want to know what I'll do! There's no room on this planet for haters of lovely old ladies! Hold me back! I'm not responsible for my actions!

If you don't love her book, well, that's another thing.

Her latest autobiography If You Ask Me, is a slim volume that relates a few enjoyable anecdotes about showbiz, gives advice on acting, and talks about her love of animals. There's nothing earth-shat
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Mike (the Paladin)
Who doesn't love Betty White? I mean does anyone actually dislike her? If so...why?

I can remember watching Betty White on TV when I was a kid (sorry Betty but there aren't many performers I can still say that about) and she's just a sharp and just as funny (unless of course she's doing drama) as she ever was.

This book is more a book of quick reminiscences on her life and then comments on what's going on NOW in her life. We get a lot of vignettes about various parts of her life (I'd say especiall
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TL




3.5 stars :)

How can you not love Betty White ? :)

A fun collection of reminisces, an added bonus listening to it in Betty's voice... she's adorable and I want to adopt her as a grandma :)

My favorite anecdotes were the ones from the proposal, the time she locked herself out of the house, and about her animals.

Not much to say except this was a fun read... check it out:)
Beth K.
Awwwww, Betty White. I haven't had grandparents in years and I want her! She loves animals possibly more than I do and she has a room full of stuffed ones (not taxidermied!). She tells them that she loves them. Out loud.

Then again, Cloris Leachman would be a good grandma too. She might have a room full of liquor that she talks to.
Jamie-leigh Haughn
It's Betty White, what's not to love! I listened to this on audiobook and it was fantastic, I loved hearing Betty talk about her experiences, she is a wonderful human being. I would for sure recommend this book for a little inspiration, some laughs, and for an overall enjoyable experience!
Derek Oberg
My God, I love Betty White.

I already finished one book today, cracked into this one and found that I could not go to bed until I finished it.

Not so much a memoir (she's already written 5 of those), but more like little topics that she reviews. She's adorable.

A couple of things made me sad. A) In talking about age and how it shouldn't bother you, she says that Estelle Getty was TERRIFIED of getting old and sick, to the point that the writers of Golden Girls had to be careful of the kind of jokes
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Kellie
This lady is absolutely amazing and no one will tell me otherwise. How could I not give her 5 stars?

Plus:
This happened

And it was the best day of my life.
Amy Palmer
I hope this doesn't constitute cheating, but I didn't actually read this book. It is in audio book format and I listened to it on a trip last weekend. What makes it super-awesome though, is that it was read by the author herself, Betty White!

"If You Ask Me" is a collection of the author's thoughts on many different subjects. She talks about Hollywood, health, and my favorite subject, pets. You really get to understand what a down to earth person Betty White is. She discusses the Mary Tyler Moore
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Belle
I read it this a couple of hours yesterday. It's a super easy read, but I have to say I was slightly disappointed. I haven't read any of Betty's previous books so I don't know what they contain, but this one gave very little insight into her or her life. It seems to have been written more for people who are already fans of Betty; there's the assumption that you already know her story, her career, her love of animals, and this is just a series of anecdotes about what's been going on with her late ...more
Mary
super quick read. Really, how can you not like Betty White?
V. Briceland
To say that Betty White's latest book—I suppose we should call it that, as it's tough to deny that it got printed and appears on bookstore and library shelves—is a bit random and scattered, is an understatement. To imply it's a lot like listening to your aged grandmother ramble about the good old days when she's in a talkative mood, would be unkind. To suggest that it's not great literature, or even really readable. . . well, that's kind of missing the point.

I was able to complete this slight l
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Preeti
I love Betty White. Unfortunately I missed her birthday special recently so instead, I watched a ton of Youtube videos of her, in current and old roles, on Inside the Actors Studio, on old game shows, etc.

This book was a short, cute read about her life, written in 2011. It was a very quick read but I really felt myself wanting more. I wanted more substance as well as more of her humor in the writing, and while there is some, it fell short of my expectations. That's probably the problem: my expec
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Naomi
First, I must say I am not a fan of Hollywood. I really don't watch television..almost never watch movies and don't have alot of respect for the Hollywood "elitists". There are a few exceptions, though, and Betty White is def. in that coveted category. This book was written the exact way that BW is perceived...incredibly warm and down to Earth. I behaved the first day and read the "allotted" number of pages, even though it sucked me in right away. Today, though, all bets were off and I read it i ...more
Susan
I'm a Betty White fan – I like her slightly wicked sense of humor, the way she lives her life, and her exuberance. This latest book of hers is a pleasant way to while away a couple of hours. It is sweet, sometimes funny, and generally a feel-good book. Just don't expect any amazing revelations, any huge insights. The books is comprised of snippets of her life and philosophy. Most chapters are short, as little as 4 or so paragraphs. The writing is choppy, a bit of this and a bit of that. There ar ...more
Karen
This is a quick, fun, light read about Betty White. What impressed me most is that she is 89 years old when she wrote it! She is in good health and still has passion and enthusiasm. I enjoyed reading about her career, her pets, and her love for life and felt like old age doesn't have to be bad after reading this. It's uplifting. She has a great attitude as this quote from the first page indicates:

"However, if one is lucky enough to be blessed with good health, growing older shouldn't be somethi
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Kelly
A collection of short observations on things like show business, relationships, aging, and of course, animals, all with Betty White's inimitable voice. As much as I loved Here We Go Again, it was nice to read Betty's thoughts on this part of her career such as hosting SNL and Hot In Cleveland. She comes across as so humble and down-to-earth that it's hard NOT to love Betty White. Each story comes with an accompanying picture, many I've never seen before, which helps give a nice visual to some of ...more
Nicole
Thanks for making me smile Betty!
Sidna
Recently I was visiting a friend who had a copy of this book. Since, like everyone else, I love Betty White, I asked to borrow it.

I clearly remember Betty when she had dark hair and starred in the 1950's sitcom "Life With Elizabeth," a comedy show about a wacky housewife that predated "I Love Lucy." I have followed her tv career through "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "The Golden Girls." For some reason, I have never gotten into watching "Hot in Cleveland."

In some late night talk show appearanc
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Heather Clitheroe
Strange, rambling advice. The worst of it is White's revelation that she weighs herself. Every day. And has to skip something if she gains a pound.

You could spend twenty dollars to get mixed advice from your TV nana. Or you could just pick up the phone and call your own nana, if you have one, and get it for free.
Zach Dean
I'm not going to lie, I don't really understand the whole Betty White revival. I thought she was wonderful in The Golden Girls and am happy for her more recent success, but that doesn't mean that I have to understand it all. I read If You Ask Me in hopes of softening her image to myself once again. Unfortunately, the essays read just like the average celebrity collection, except for the inclusion of an obsession with animals. She is, of course, sweet enough, but I just did not find much that sto ...more
Mom
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I love Betty White and reading her books reinforces the reasons why. What a wonderful, caring, talented lady! Please read, appreciate and enjoy!
Erika
I love Betty White. I thought this would be funny but it was more about her philosophy on life. I learned a lot. Thank you for being a friend, Betty.
Sacramento Public Library
Betty White is a big deal because she’s charming, fun, still working, brassy and very likable. This memoir is much the same. I listened to it on audio and thoroughly enjoyed her reading to me. She tells little stories about her more recent work ventures like Hot in Cleveland, love interests, aging, working in television, her love of animals . . . in short, all the things you want to hear from her. I enjoyed her candor, humor and obvious joy in what she does. I like that she can laugh at herself ...more
Jennifer
Betty White is hilarious and awesome! Who wouldn't love her?
Angela
I have wanted to read one of Betty White's books for some time, but never had the chance to. When I finally sat down and curled up on the couch with this book I was hoping to get in a few chapters before supper. What I got was a late supper and a finished book! I simply love love love Betty and always have. I became a fan when I was just a kid watching The Golden Girls reruns on TV. I started loving her for her great sense of humor and wonderful acting and developed a greater love of her for her ...more
Faye
I think I first noticed this book as a Goodreads choice awards' nominee in the comedy category. Of course, I remember Betty White from the Golden Girls and I absolutely loved her in Saturday Night Live, but I can't say I've sought out any of her other work.

When this audiobook, read by Betty herself revealed itself as an option available at the library, I thought, "Why not? If it's half as funny as Bossypants, one of the other other books nominated in the same category on Goodreads or her SNL ap
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Robin
“Writing is my favorite thing,” says actress, comedian, and animal activist Betty White in the Preface to this, her 6th book. This collection of short and sweet autobiographical stories, pithy quips, and insightful observations reveals Ms. White as friendly and bright, skilled in comic timing, and amused by life’s ironies. She’s also the quintessential optimist.

It’s true that some of the chapters are ultra-short. Considering that Ms. White penned this book at age 89, after writing other more c
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Melissa

Betty White is one of my heroes. There is just something about this woman that makes you smile and be inspired all at once. So when I found her audiobook I of course had to give it a try. And while I may have missed out on the pictures the physical book contains, that's ok, the audiobook is narrated by Betty herself. And that's pretty special.

This memoir of sorts is really snippets of Betty's life. She talks about her latest projects, animals she has loved, and other things. She spends a little
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R.P. Dahlke
I downloaded this as part of my BookWorm Bitches Oct. read. It's a fun, breezy take on Betty White's years in television, and that the woman can still work as an actress and write books, because as she says, she loves writing, is really very impressive.

BTW: I got a note from Amazon saying that the edition I downloaded was flawed and had errors in it and that if I'd click on their link, I'd get a new an improved version. Well, that explained the typos, and I did have to wonder if Ms. White wasn'
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Betty White is an American five-time Emmy Award-winning film and television actress with a career spanning sixty years. She also appeared in radio programs, movies, theater, commercials, and was also a talk show and game show host. White is perhaps best known for her roles in the sitcoms The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Golden Girls.
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