Title: I Know I Am, But What Are You?
Author: Samantha Bee
Release Date: June 1, 2010
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Genre: Essays, Non-Fiction, Audiobook
Rating: 4 out of 5
In this book of essays, The Daily Show correspondent Samantha Bee reflects on her life, covering subjects from her Catholic school upbringing, her pet-loving, freewheeling mother, and her relationship with her husband, fellow correspondent Jason Jones.
I really enjoy The Daily Show, so when I was offered a copy of Samantha Bee’s book for review, I was ready to jump at the chance. However, I paused a little when I thought about the fact that one of the qualities I like most about Samantha Bee is her very deadpan, sarcastic tone of voice. Therefore, after doing some research and discovering that Samantha herself had narrated the audio version of her book, I chose to consume it as an audiobook.
I am certain that audio was the correct choice. Samantha Bee is just as funny on audio as she is on TV. The audio production was unabridged and ran just over 6 hours. Since these were essays about her life, I felt as if Samantha was sitting and telling me these stories, trying to make me laugh. The essay format kept me interested – a straight memoir wouldn’t have worked because the humor would have gotten old, but since Samantha was jumping subjects so often, my attention rarely wandered.
I cannot begin to describe how funny Samantha Bee is in this memoir. From beginning to end, it’s full of one-liners that I’m definitely going to use again. It’s not for the easily offended though – while her humor isn’t necessarily offensive, it’s a little bit wrong, but very, very funny. My favorite line of the entire book was when Samantha was talking about the nuns who ran her Catholic grade school: “You could see that they had all their lady parts, but you just knew that once a month they menstruated dust.” That, and other lines, had me laughing out loud throughout these essays.
I really enjoyed I Know I Am, But What Are You. It was simple and fun. It kept my attention from beginning to end. Though some essays were funnier than others, all were humorous enough to keep me entertained. I hope Samantha Bee puts out another book soon, and that she chooses to narrate the audio version once again.