I think at this point it’s safe to say that Betty White is the lady you wish was your grandmother. She’s surprisingly sweet and down to earth considering her prolific show business career. I do occasionally wonder if her public face is the real deal or a carefully constructed persona. I’ve come to decide it probably really is her, more or less, because she has been in the public eye so long the entitled evil celebrity would have slipped through the mask at least a time or two.
White’s newest book certainly is consistent with everything else about her. It’s not really an autobiography or memoir, and is structured as a series of essays about various topics related to show business and her life long passion for animals. It’s a quick read and there’s not a lot of insight or great humor but I still enjoyed reading it for reasons I can’t entirely pinpoint. My prevailing theory is that it’s just so readable and enjoyable because White’s warmth and humor shines through. It’s infused with her personality and charisma and that just carries the day.
While I’m glad I read it, I’m also relieved that I picked it up at the library. I think my enjoyment was helped since this particular book didn’t have to earn the purchase price. Also, the book has a lot of pictures and in the e-reader version it gets broken up in some odd ways that really don’t help with the flow of the writing.
All in all, it was a fun read carried totally on the strength of Betty White’s personality. I’d recommend reading it, but not spending money on it. If you’re interested in a memoir or autobiography you may want to try one of White’s previous books. I haven’t read them yet, but I hear good things.