Saturday, February 4, 2012

ALI IN WONDERLAND: A REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

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ALI IN WONDERLAND
And Other Tall Tales
BY ALI WENTWORTH
ABOUT THE BOOK:
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.

Growing up in a family of political journalists—and daughter of President Reagan’s White House social secretary—Ali Wentworth rebelled against her blue-blood upbringing, embracing Hollywood, motorcycles, even a few wildly inappropriate marriage proposals. Today she is an acclaimed comedic actress and writer, former Oprah regular, wife of political and media star George Stephanopoulos, and a mother who lets her two girls eat cotton candy before bed. Though she’s settled down, her rebellious nature thrives in her comedy and her view of her crazy world.

In this addictively funny and warm memoir, she takes us through the looking glass and into the wonderland of her life, from a childhood among Washington’s elite to a stint in the psych ward they called a New England prep school; days doing L.A. sketch comedy (with then-aspiring artists Will Ferrell and Lisa Kudrow) to a series of spectacularly failed loves (that eventually led her to Mr. Right). Constant throughout is her mother, Muffie—a flawlessly elegant yet firm, no-nonsense force of nature and pure WASP convictions.

As charming and off-the-wall as Ali herself, Ali in Wonderland is an entertaining look at life that is both intimate and hilarious.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Ali Wentworth made a name for herself on the comedy series In Living Color, and has appeared on such television shows as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno; Seinfeld (playing Schmoopie in “The Soup Nazi” episode); Head Case (which she created, wrote, and executive-produced); and The Oprah Winfrey Show, for which she was a correspondent. Her film credits include Jerry Maguire, The Real Blonde, Office Space, The Love Bug, and It’s Complicated with Meryl Streep, Steve Martin, and Alec Baldwin.

A native of Washington, D.C., Wentworth lives in New York City with her husband, George Stephanopoulos, and their two girls. Follow Ali on Twitter: @AliEWentworth. 

PRAISE FOR ALI IN WONDERLAND:
“Everything that comes out of Ali Wentworth’s mouth is funny!”
— Jerry Seinfeld
 “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…. Highly entertaining memoir."--Publishers Weekly "Ali Wentworth’s book is like Chicken Soup for the Vagina. Gays and straight men, I’m not leaving you out here! Ali is truly one of the quickest, funniest girls I’ve ever met. Enjoy!”— Kathy Griffin “Ali has written a truly hilarious book . . . and she’s also a good kisser!”— Chelsea Handler 
"Ali Wentworth is funny and warm and crazy all at once. Like Barbara Eden. But on something. Like crystal meth.”— Alec Baldwin
“[A] lively, laugh-out-loud memoir....Fans of Amy Sedaris and Merrill Markoe will enjoy Wentworth’s warped Weltanschauung and wicket wit.”

— Book
 “Ali Wentworth tumbles comically through Ali in Wonderland.”
— Vanity Fair
 
“[H]ilarious...”
— Marie Claire
  “Unanimous applause greeted this actress-comedian’s tour of her fabulous life…all recounted in a manner that had one reader wondering if Wentworth is ‘a long-lost sister of the Sedaris clan.’”
— Elle, Readers' Prize February 2012
 
“[A] satirical dissection of class and privilege….A smart, often-funny memoir.”
— Kirkus Reviews

MY THOUGHTS/REVIEW:
ALI IN WONDERLAND by Ali Wentworth is such a fun read. For a memoir, it is quite different than the norm as Ali's hilarious, sometimes sarcastic, never shy sense of humor shines through. That isn't to say that Ali hasn't had her share of tough times or scary moments. However, overall, you will enjoy reading about Ali Wentworth while laughing your way through the book. It is no WONDER that Ali is as popular as she is. If you aren't familiar with her work, this is a great place to start to get to know one of our most delightful comedians. 
GIVEAWAY
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Tough times & scary moments, not what I associate with Ali. Would love to know more about how she coped.

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