Title: I Know You Are But What Am I
Author: Samantha Bee
Publisher: Gallery Books-division of Simon & Schuster
Pub Date: June 1, 2010
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher to read and post an honest review.
Synopsis from the publisher:
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 and her hatred of hot ham. It's all here, in irresistible prose that will leave you in stitches and eager for more.
About the Author:
Samantha Bee joined the cast of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart in 2003 and now holds the title Most SEnior Correspondent, having eliminated all those before her. She was born and raised in Toronto, and when she is not working, she enjoys walking her toddlers in circles around her tiny apartment and correcting spelling errors on menus. Samantha and her husband, fellow Daily Show correspondent Jason Jones, live in New York City wiht their two children.
I have a confession to make here. Until I read this book, I had no idea who Samantha Bee was. I am familiar with the Jon Stewart show but I don't watch it. Heck, I don't watch much of anything because I don't have cable. However, I must say that I am now a huge fan of Samantha Bee, after reading her book. She writes in an animated, conversational style that kept my eyes glued to the pages. The stories are fantastic and funny to the point of having you think, oh no, where is this going and then leaving you laughing out loud as you find out. I read this over a period of two nights as I laid in bed before going to sleep. The passages were so funny, I woke my fiancee up several times just to read it to him. I urge you all to read this book.