Friday, July 19, 2013

If You Ask Me: Review

If You Ask Me (And of Course You Won't) is a lovely memoir by Betty White.  Not strictly an autobiography, it is much more conversational than that.  Imagine sitting down with Betty and just chatting about her 70 years in television.  She takes us from topic to topic--touching on everything from her lifelong love affair with her husband, Allen Ludden, to her profound love of animals; from her earliest television appearances to her current success with Hot in Cleveland.  And mixed in it all are tidbits of wisdom for everyday life:

Walk in to every situation with a positive, open mind.  Allow yourself time to experience a situation before forming an opinion.

You don't just luck into integrity. You work at it.

One thing they don't tell you about growing old--you don't feel old, you just feel like yourself.

If you live without passion, you can go through life without leaving any footprints.

This is a very pleasant, very quick read.  I sat down and finished it in a single evening (2 hours, tops).  No huge revelations--no secrets of Hollywood.  Just a nice stroll down memory lane with an incredibly nice and funny lady.  Thanks for chatting with me, Betty.  Three stars for a good, solid read. 


Gypsi said...

I was looking for a book to read for the Semi-Charmed challenge, too. This one sounds just the thing--thanks for the review! :)

Bev Hankins said...

Hope you enjoy it!

Leslie (Under My Apple Tree) said...

Betty White is quite entertaining and has such a great attitude. This was an enjoyable, quick read for me too. I read it on a train ride into the city and back.