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I Know I Am, But What Are You? Paperback – February 8, 2011
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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 ›
"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.
This book made me realize my and friend's colorful life journeys are not that crazy. And, laughing about these stories doesn't mean we are too twisted.
I have laughed with "I Know I Am". I laughed until I had tears and then I gift ordered this book for my almost-daughter-in-law.
I've always enjoyed and appreciated Samantha Bee on the Daily Show and with this book I appreciate her even more.
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I didn't really know a lot about Samantha Bee but she had me laughing out loud on several occasions and was endeared in my eyes. Read morePublished 2 days ago by A M
I like her, and I like her show... But a series of disconnected anecdotes does not (quite) make a worthwhile book. Read morePublished 22 days ago by A. Danziger
Samantha has a capturing sense of humor and an amazing way with words. I l laughed out loud all through it.Published 23 days ago by Shelly Gingras
Lovely surprise of an author and a hilarious book, I could not stop laughing out loud at the chapters that triggered my own fun memories.Published 2 months ago by Kitty Mackay
This book is so funny, poignant, sweet, self realized.
I didn't expect anything less, (love you, Samantha!) and it was even better than I thought it would be.
Fun fun fun fun fun. Is that the 20 words required to write a review for the Samantha Bee book?Published 2 months ago by Susan Masterson