Monday, July 16, 2012

I Know I Am, But What Are You?, by Samantha Bee

(hb; 2010: nonfiction/humor book)

From the inside flap:

"Critics have called her 'sweet, adorable and vicious.' But there is so much more to be said about Samantha Bee. For one, she's Canadian. Whatever that means. And now, she opens up for the very first time about her checkered Canadian past. With charming candor, she admits to her Lennie from Of Mice and Men-style love of baby animals, her teenage crime spree as one half of a car-thieving couple (Bonnie and Clyde in Bermuda shorts and braces), and the fact that strangers seem compelled to show her their genitals. She also details her intriguing career history, which includes stints working in a frame store, at a penis clinic, and as a Japanese anime character in a touring children's show.

"Samantha delves into all these topics and many more, in this. . . unabashedly frank collection of personal essays. Whether detailing the creepiness that ensues when your mom is your lesbian lover, or recalling her girlhood crush on Jesus (who looked like Kris Kristofferson and sang like Kenny Loggins), Samantha turns the spotlight on her own imperfect yet highly entertaining life as relentlessly as she skewers hapless interview subjects on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. . ."


I laughed often and loud at her astute, warm observations and spot-on, quirky wisecracks, as well as her as relatable but strange life.

Excellent, comedic, n0-filler book - I Know is worth checking out, and blasting through in a sitting or three.

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