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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,911 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Samantha Bee Narrator: Samantha Be Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Candid, outspoken, laugh-out-loud funny essays from the much-loved Samantha Bee, the Most Senior Correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

Critics have called her “sweet, adorable, and vicious.” But there is so much more to be said about Samantha Bee. For one, she’s Canadian. Whatever that means. And now, she opens up for the very first time about her checkered Canadian past. With charming candor, she admits to her Lennie from Of Mice and Men–style love of baby animals, her teenage crime spree as one-half of a car-thieving couple (Bonnie and Clyde in Bermuda shorts and braces), and the fact that strangers seem compelled to show her their genitals. She also details her intriguing career history, which includes stints working in a frame store, at a penis clinic, and as a Japanese anime character in a touring children’s show.

Samantha delves into all these topics and many more in this thoroughly hilarious, unabashedly frank collection of personal essays. Whether detailing the creepiness that ensues when strangers assume that your mom is your lesbian lover, or recalling her girlhood crush on Jesus (who looked like Kris Kristofferson and sang like Kenny Loggins), Samantha turns the spotlight on her own imperfect yet highly entertaining life as relentlessly as she skewers hapless interview subjects on The Daily Show. She shares her unique point of view on a variety of subjects as wide ranging as her deep affinity for old people, to her hatred of hot ham. It’s all here, in irresistible prose that will leave you in stitches and eager for more.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Bee] possesses a perverse, off-kilter comic style that often subversively caresses real enlightenment while simultaneously making us laugh…The essays here engulf us in a tidal wave of strangeness, yet underneath the joke-filled surface, there’s a very sweet comic memoir to be found.” 

    Los Angeles Times

  • “An uproarious success…Her willingness to lay all her cards on the table—to be vulnerable—elevates these already-remarkable stories to hysterical heights.” 

    AV Club

  • “A senior correspondent for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, the Toronto-born comedian pokes fun at herself in a witty collection of personal essays…Bee successfully brings her witty, self-deprecating, slightly cynical, and semi-scathing world view from screen to page.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The best pieces here are very funny, and author’s skewed, satirical perspective, honed on [The Daily Show], is evident throughout.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Selected for the July 2010 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Gee | 2/20/2014

    " Samantha Bee is obsessed with aging (her own and others.) I just can't relate yet. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Leah V | 2/6/2014

    " The author is very funny but the book just wasn't my cup of tea. I had a hard time connecting. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Kendra | 2/4/2014

    " did not finish this book - only got 2.5 chapters in before putting it down forever. the reviews said it was in the style of a David Sedaris book - i strongly disagree. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Megan Bodwell | 2/2/2014

    " The beginning of the book was a little odd. I am always a little judgemental about stuff dealing with young kids. However, through so much of the book, I couldn't stop myself from laughing right out loud. She is really funny. "

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