Mix 1 oz. Chelsea Handler, 1.5 oz. Nora Ephron, finish with a twist of Tina Fey, and you get Ali in Wonderland, the uproarious, revealing, and heartfelt memoir from acclaimed actress and comedian Ali Wentworth. Whether spilling secrets about her quintessentially WASPy upbringing (and her delicious rebellion against it), reminiscing about her Seinfeld “Schmoopie” days and her appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The View, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, or baring the details of starting a family alongside husband George Stephanopoulos, one thing is for sure—Ali has the unsurpassable humor and warmth of a born storyteller with a story to tell: the quirky, flavorful, surprising, and sometimes scandalous Ali in Wonderland.
“Ali Wentworth is funny and warm and crazy all at once. Like Barbara Eden. But on something. Like crystal meth.” —Alec Baldwin
Depending on whom you ask, Wentworth (The WASP Cookbook) is best known for roles on TV s In Living Color and Head Case, her appearances on Oprah, or her 2001 marriage to George Stephanopoulous. The busy author s fun, adventure-filled memoir is rife with colorful turns of phrase (for example, I felt like a Chihuahua after the neighborhood bully lit the firecracker in its ass ) and humorous tales of her privileged upbringing, various suitors, and trips abroad. The author s mother, Muffie who worked as Nancy Reagan s social secretary looms large, often as the example against which a young Ali rebelled. Wentworth is amusing and frank, often frenetic, with sharp intelligence underneath the sassy wackiness; passages about her struggle with depression, falling in love with her husband, and her daughter s baptism have funny moments, but they re thoughtful and touching, too. Dishy tidbits about famous folk, from Henry Kissinger to Cher, round out this highly entertaining memoir.
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Terribly disappointing, boring, a book filled with non-events and leaves one disliking the author more at the end of the book than at the start. It leaves one wondering: who the hell told her it would be a good idea penning down her non-funny simple life? Her mom was something and now the daughter is trying to ride the mom's coat tails. I'd much rather read a book about the mom- a woman of substance. Not the empty-headed daughter for pete sake!