If You Ask Me (And of Course You Won’t) | Betty White

Friday, September 18, 2015

I don’t generally like to read gift books, memoirs, or any other books of that nature. When someone suggested that I pick up a copy of Betty White’s book, If You Ask Me (And of Course You Won’t), I was hesitant. I was more than hesitant, really. I didn’t want to read it.
As it turns out, I actually enjoyed the book.
Most of us are familiar with Betty White’s roles in ‘The Golden Girls’, and the ‘Mary Tyler Moore Show,' among many others. Her most recent endeavor was with Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick on the set of "Hot in Cleveland"—a cheesy, but funny show that you can catch on Netflix. All of these shows are mentioned numerous times in the book, each time in different context.
The book is a compilation of Betty White’s commentary on love and friendships, television and her career, getting old, and her beloved animals (among many other topics). I found the section on writing to be exceptionally interesting, because she mentions how she learned a few techniques from John Steinbeck (who happens to be my favorite author). Also included throughout the book are photographs—some even from Betty White’s personal collection—of the various people and events she discusses.
While some of the information is repetitive, overall the book has a carefree and rather personal undertone. I likened it to having a conversation with my grandmother or one of her friends.