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

3.64  ·  Rating Details ·  21,673 Ratings  ·  2,120 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
Hardcover, 258 pages
Published May 3rd 2011 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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May 21, 2011 Marvin rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
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
Jason Koivu
Apr 22, 2015 Jason Koivu rated it liked it
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
If you Ask Me: And of Course You Won't narrated by the author, Betty White, is simply delightful.

She talks about all kinds of different subjects, but the majority of them involved animals and how much she loves them. And I love that about her.

The only flaw I found with this is that it was too short. I love you Betty, but I needed more!

If you adore Betty White, then I highly recommend you listen to her narrate this audiobook!
Beth K.
Nov 30, 2011 Beth K. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

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:)
Mike (the Paladin)
May 07, 2015 Mike (the Paladin) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
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
Jul 18, 2016 Mariah rated it liked it
This was a cute story that took me very little time to read, because it is so short. The book was short, simple and cute. There wasn't anything really eye-opening or super special about this book, but I did find it interesting when she talked about her love for animals and all the volunteering and adopting of pets that she does.

This book was written like an interview.

A solid 3 stars.
Derek Oberg
May 09, 2011 Derek Oberg rated it really liked it
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
Mar 28, 2016 Yodamom rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio
Betty White reading a book by Betty White about Betty White's thoughts and memories, what's not to love. The acres, comedian, activist and beautiful human let's her mind fly open and give us some tidbits into her soul. She is a treat in this this to short novel. I didn't even finish weeding half my yard and the book was done :(
Jamie-leigh Haughn
Apr 30, 2015 Jamie-leigh Haughn rated it really liked it
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!
Oct 24, 2014 Kellie rated it it was amazing
This lady is absolutely amazing and no one will tell me otherwise. How could I not give her 5 stars?

This happened

And it was the best day of my life.
This book was a very short read for me. I picked it up, because I am a huge Betty White fan. It was not Earth Shattering, but I didn't expect it to be. It was short biographical blurbs.

Pros: Betty White photos. Betty's love for animals that bleeds through the pages and are mentioned in over half of the book. Betty's witty personality.

Cons: Formatting, formatting formatting. For the conservation effort that Betty feels for the environment, you would think that she may have had a problem with the
Amy Palmer
May 18, 2011 Amy Palmer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-buy
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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From the book jacket - 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.

My Reactions
I feel a little mean not liking this more. I love Betty White, and some of the essays in this book are spot on perfect. But it’s pretty lightweight in substance, and I felt a little like I was on one of those obligatory visits to an elderly relative when I was
Mar 12, 2016 Jenna rated it liked it
This was a lot of fun - just not quite as hilarious or insightful as I anticipated.
May 31, 2011 Mary rated it liked it
Shelves: humor
super quick read. Really, how can you not like Betty White?
V. Briceland
Jun 25, 2011 V. Briceland rated it liked it
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
Jan 25, 2012 Preeti rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir, humor
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
May 08, 2011 Naomi rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 24, 2011 Susan rated it liked it
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 & Gerard
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
Apr 28, 2011 Kelly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
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
Oct 14, 2016 Leia rated it it was amazing
Betty White is not just a national treasure--she's my spirit animal. Listening to her read this book was a joy from start to finish.
Rita Meade
Jun 30, 2015 Rita Meade rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Sometimes it's just nice to hear Betty White's voice at the end of a rough day.
May 06, 2015 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book
Thanks for making me smile Betty!
I listened to the audio of this novel which was read to me by the author herself, Betty White. Before listening to this novel, I will be honest with you and say, I didn’t know much about Betty except seeing her on The Golden Girls and seeing her on a few guest appearances. I could probably hear her voice and know it, as her voice has a distinct ring to it. I learned a great deal about Betty and I am greatly impressed with her after listening to her novel. I didn’t laugh a lot while listening to ...more
Apr 20, 2014 Sidna rated it liked it
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
May 12, 2016 Victoria rated it liked it
I enjoyed hearing Betty White narrate this book of disparate essays, sort of like hearing your grandmother talk about her life, dispense a little advice and maybe chide you for sweating the small stuff. There aren’t any great revelations or aha moments, but you can appreciate this woman’s joie de vivre and the gratitude she feels for a life well-lived.
Enjoyable tales about Betty's life. I love her.
Heather Clitheroe
May 21, 2011 Heather Clitheroe rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2011-reads
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.
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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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