Here’s a clue, “Jeopardy!”fans: For decades, Alex Trebek resisted writing this type of book before finally delivering one on the eve of his 80th birthday.
If you responded, “What is a memoir?” for around $30, you could spend your winnings on “The Answer Is . . .,” the long-awaited reflections from the beloved game show host.
In March 2019, Trebek – who has spent 36 years with “Jeopardy!” – announced that he’d been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. He received an outpouring of support that convinced him that perhaps a memoir was warranted, after all: “I want people to know a little more about the person they have been cheering on for the past year,” he writes. “It’s an aperçu of Alex Trebek, human being. What is he like? What has he done? How did he screw up? Things like that.”
In the opening pages of the slim book, which Trebek worked on during the coronavirus pandemic, he warns readers that, aside from contributing the occasional “Jeopardy!” clue, he’s not a writer. But those who adore him for his reassuring nature and warmth likely aren’t interested in his literary prowess; they’ve come for his stories. And “Answer” delivers. It’s an amusing and at times sobering series of vignettes – a quickly inhaled highlights reel of Trebek’s life.