If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won’t) by Betty White
(G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2011, 258 pages)
I picked up this book because I was intrigued by the media coverage on Betty White’s 89th birthday events in January. Also, I don’t know anything about her. I only watched some of the re-runs of “The Golden Girls” during the 90’s, and once in a while I catch a few minutes of the new comedy “Hot in Cleveland.” I finished the book in a couple of hours. It’s a quick and easy read, but I’m sorry to say that it’s nothing to write home about.
This book is not a memoir, but a collection of very short essays. Some essays are as short as 4-5 paragraphs. Betty White shares some interesting stories and offers her opinions on various topics. She has been in show business for over sixty years. She’s a big animal lover, a funny, positive and talented actress. I loved her in “The Golden Girls.” She writes that she’s fortunate to have enjoyed good health and been surrounded by talented colleagues. Sometimes, it feels like listening to your grandma rambling on and on. I just wish she’d given more depth on some topics. You might enjoy it if you are a fan of Betty White.