Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Review of One of the Funniest Books I Have Ever Read

Product Details
Gallery, June 2010
Hardcover, 256 pages
ISBN-10: 1439142734
ISBN-13: 9781439142738

A few days ago I finished Samantha Bees book entitled I Know I Am, But What Are You?

I had to read it a second time because it is hysterical. I found myself reading passages to friends because I just had to share. This is a laugh out loud book that often had my son asking, "what's so funny mom?" as he heard yet another LOL moment.

Description from Gallery
Candid, outspoken, laugh-out-loud funny essays from the much-loved Samantha Bee, the Most Senior Correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart .

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 thoroughly hilarious, unabashedly frank collection of personal essays. Whether detailing the creepiness that ensues when strangers assume that 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. She shares her unique point of view on a variety of subjects as wide ranging as her deep affinity for old people, to her hatred of hot ham. It's all here, in irresistible prose that will leave you in stitches and eager for more.

I seriously need to get this book on audio book and read along. Hear an except of the audio book here.

What I Can Tell You:
Totally and completely hysterical. I had to read it aloud because Samantha's wit is too damn funny to just be in my head. I needed to hear the words. This has to be the funniest book I have ever read by a woman ever. It is an absolute must read. Samantha is extremely candid, funny and just a little bit crazy, like when she talks about the time her cat tried to rape her. Samantha is no holds barred so I warn you that you will be hearing it all baby! Like the time her father told her what "carpet munchers" are. Or, as she describes her Barbie Dream House Set up "obviously GI Joe possessed the only feasible penis in town but you could always count on Ken looking on and jerking off in the corner." "It was basically like Caligula in there".

I had a lot in common with her, growing up, I also had a crush on Jesus. He looked like Kris Kristofferson to me too from A Star Is Born!  I too had a feathered haircut that never feathered properly. Grrr...

To get an idea of how funny this book is check out these videos of Samantha and tell me you don't want to read this book? I may just have to start watching the Daily Show.

Who Is Samantha Bee?
Samantha Bee joined the cast of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart in 2003 and now holds the title Most Senior Correspondent, having systematically eliminated all those before her. (Her husband Jason Jones joined the cast in 2005.) In addition to her work on The Daily Show, Samantha played the role of Cinnabon Cashier in The Love Guru and can be seen opposite Uma Thurman and Minnie Driver in the upcoming feature Motherhood. She was born and raised in Toronto Canada and is the recipient of the 2005 Canadian Comedy Award for 'Pretty Funny Female'. When she is not working she enjoys walking her toddlers in circles around her tiny apartment and correcting spelling errors on menus.

Thanks to Galley Books for sending me a copy of I Know I Am, But What Are You?


  1. I'm definitely gonna grab a copy of this one somewhere.
    Great review!

  2. Visiting from Book Review Wed. Sounds great - this is being added to my TO READ shelf on goodreads.com!



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