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I Know I Am, But What Are You? Hardcover – Bargain Price, June 1, 2010
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"I Know I am" is a quick read -- I devoured it over a weekend, which is superfast for me. While Bee doesn't have the depth, insight and subtlety of a David Sedaris, the book was a fun read. It didn't achieve Sedaris's laugh-out-loud funniness, or oh-my-god appallingness. But it was a nice autobiography of tarted up truths about growing up in the Western world.
You might need a stronger stomach or a different sense of humor than I have to really enjoy this book. I could see the absurdity in Bee's recollections (her crush on Jesus, for instance, or her work at what she calls a "penis clinic"), but her graphic descriptions of strangers' genitals and her pets' sexual aggressiveness and her much older lover's poop problems all grossed me out, and the story of how a friend's stripper boyfriend "entertained" her was squirm-inducing.
Especially grim are her memories of the desperately poor parenting she received from her mother. The woman attempted to enlighten her daughter by giving her sex manuals and showing her porn and letting her gay friends regale her with tales of fisting, autoerotic asphyxiation, and other things one should not share with an eight-year-old. This goes a long way toward explaining how neurotic and caustic Bee became as she grew up and why she found refuge and healing in comedy.
If you enjoy Bee's work on the Daily Show and would like to learn more about her personal background, this book will fill you in. Indeed, it may well tell you more than you'd like to know.Read more ›
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Because I had continuous laughing attacks and numerous bouts of crying and peeling my pants due to uncontrollable laughter. Hilarious.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
Samantha Bee would be my friend...so we could sit at the back of a meeting, room, restaurant or movie...whispering little comments back and forth...never to share with the world!Published 11 months ago by Ndma
I listened to this book in my car, and laughed out loud. I will add that the first chapter or so of this book did not lead me to believe I would be laughing anytime soon. Read morePublished 15 months ago by melissa
Absolutely love this book. 2nd time I bought it actually. First time after I read it twice, it got ruined on a trip to Mexico. But yet I still wanted to buy it again... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Kn17
I don't read many memoirs, but occasionally, I do and am amply rewarded. Samantha Bee is the Most Senior Correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and this is her... Read morePublished on August 18, 2013 by Wendy L. Hines
I wanted to read this book because I love the Daily Show and I think Samantha Bee is hilarious. So when I saw that she had published an autobiography, I said heck yes to some light... Read morePublished on August 10, 2013 by Clarinerd85
Know those women who claim they and their friends are just like "Sex and the City"? Me neither. Read morePublished on July 29, 2013 by Pat SD