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Ali in Wonderland: And Other Tall Tales | [Ali Wentworth]

Ali in Wonderland: And Other Tall Tales

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2012 Trout the Dog Productions, Inc. (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers

What the Critics Say

“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 is funny and warm and crazy all at once. Like Barbara Eden. But on something. Like crystal meth.” (Alec Baldwin)

“[A] satirical dissection of class and privilege….A smart, often-funny memoir.” (Kirkus Reviews)

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    colleen ANCHORAGE, AK, United States 05-20-12
    colleen ANCHORAGE, AK, United States 05-20-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Suprised that I liked it"

    I wasn't a big Ali Wentworth fan but this book was good. I liked almost everything about it. if you like lite bios check this one out.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    karyn richmond, VA, United States 05-04-12
    karyn richmond, VA, United States 05-04-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Loved It!"

    Ali Wentworth does such an entertaining job reading her own book (which isn't often the case). This is a light, funny and highly listenable book that kept me at my jeweler's table for the whole 5 and a half hours that it lasted and I really, really hope she writes another. Miss Wentworth's growing up in no way resembled mine ("If anything goes wrong , go to the Four Seasons", is her mother Muffy's fix all advice) but that's the point of a book. I want to live in someone else's shoes for a couple of hours. Thanks for lending me yours Ali!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Angie 3997 Hemlock Ave Clearlake, CA 95422 04-23-12
    Angie 3997 Hemlock Ave Clearlake, CA 95422 04-23-12 Member Since 2008

    I will recommend Audible to anyone who loves multi-tasking. I am able to learn while being active. It takes away my stress, totally!

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    "It's alright, sort of entertaining."

    It's sort of entertaining but did not meet my expectations. It's very "me, myself and I".
    There were some funny anecdotes but most of them are universal in nature. It's not as unique and not as funny. I'll say, just enjoy it for the sake of listening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nicole Legere Chicago, Illinois 10-02-13
    Nicole Legere Chicago, Illinois 10-02-13

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Great girlfriend book"
    If you could sum up Ali in Wonderland in three words, what would they be?

    If you want to feel your having a conversation with a girlfriend, then this a good book to get. Fun stories.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda Hermiston, OR, United States 02-16-13
    Amanda Hermiston, OR, United States 02-16-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Entertaining, but Disorganized"

    I've listened to quite a few 'memoirs' by funny women in the last several months and I have say that this one, while not the most bazaar, was defiantly the hardest to believe. Ali Wentworth has had some life, and she does a great job reading her own work (which can't be said for all authors, as we know). She was very entertaining and I found myself laughing out loud at several parts. Her experiences seem almost too crazy/grand/awful to be true, but they are, of course.
    I do wish, which is why I only gave her book a 4, that she had put all these stories in order. She'll be reading about an experience as a child, and in the next chapter jump to adulthood, and then the next chapter will be about college. I understand that each chapter was about certain experiences, but they could have, nonetheless, been put into chronological order, just too make the listening (or reading, I'm sure) smoother.
    Apart from that, I would recommend this book to those who enjoyed Tina Fey, Jenny Lawson (Jenny's was more back-woods odd, where Ali upper-crust-odd), or Rachel Dratch. (Would recommend all of those if you haven't had the pleasure yet, too!)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lynne Arlington, VA, United States 08-17-12
    Lynne Arlington, VA, United States 08-17-12 Member Since 2011
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    "George has his hands full!"
    What made the experience of listening to Ali in Wonderland the most enjoyable?

    Ali's humor has always intrigued me. She is very funny and revealing in this book. It was like hanging with a funny friend for a few hours.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Definitely, it was hard to put down.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd like to hear more from her, not so much about her life, but just her funny observations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie United States 08-04-12
    Stephanie United States 08-04-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Wanted a little more, but overall likeable"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not. If you want a funny story about someone who talks to you like a friend - buy Kathy Griffin's book instead


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I don;t know what I was expecting (maybe this was the problem). It had a few laugh out loud spots, but not as many as I desired


    What three words best describe Ali Wentworth’s voice?

    Declarative, clear, upbeat. I actually think it would have been better with a llitle more variety (not the same tone the whole time).


    Was Ali in Wonderland worth the listening time?

    Kind of - I did enjoy how Ali spoke about her Mom though - great voice when she spoke as her Mom


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robin Norton, MA, United States 07-28-12
    Robin Norton, MA, United States 07-28-12
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    "Love At First Sight"
    What made the experience of listening to Ali in Wonderland the most enjoyable?

    She is fresh, self-deprecating with a great sense of humor. Granted she has led a charmed life, but she is down to earth with strong family values.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I fell in love with Ali Wentworth when Charlie Rose interviewed her to promote this book. She told Charlie that her husband, George takes their children to church every Sunday. Charlie asked if she joins them, she said, "Oh no, that's mommy time!" I instantly fell in love with her! Ali in Wonderland is a continuation of that conversation with a glimpse into her upper middle class up-bringing as the daughter of parents who worked in the center of Washington DCs power elite.


    Which character – as performed by Ali Wentworth – was your favorite?

    Did you know that Donald Rumsfeld talked baby talk to his dachshund? Her story about attempting to send him a gift is hysterical.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Just go the the Four Seasons!


    Any additional comments?

    It's a fast read and I highly recommend the audio book to get Ali's stories in her own voice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Colleen Roswell, GA, United States 07-09-12
    Colleen Roswell, GA, United States 07-09-12

    Nurse, mother, wife, Catholic and avid reader!

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    "Cute summer read"

    The thing I liked most about this book was her voice. Not just her tangible voice- I appreciate authors who take the time to read their own work (Yes, I'm talking to you Fahreed!) but also her very compelling and revealing personal narrative voice.
    You will come away from this funny beach listen feeling like you shared a week at summer camp with this crazy girl who plopped in from a life of privilege and access that most of us never even know to dream for.
    Very DC, lots of names dropped, which is very DC. This summer has been a litany of journos bemoaning the loss of the six course dinner party, but Ali gives you a peek into a time when DC was political, but not so politic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ashley TUCSON, ARIZONA, United States 06-28-12
    Ashley TUCSON, ARIZONA, United States 06-28-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Blue Blood Boredom"
    Would you try another book from Ali Wentworth and/or Ali Wentworth?

    Ali Wentworth is a great actress, I loved her in Head Case, but her life story.... well even she sounded bored with it. She is a comedian and I was expecting her life stories to come across as witty, fun and intelligent. Instead I got horror story after horror story of the terrible things that have happened in her life, she has quite a few of them. However she never made light of them. I suppose if this book had been marketed not as a comedian's take on her life I might have been more interested... maybe.... Very unfortunate... but she did get my money so that is a win for her... If you are interested in a comedian's light take on his/her life I would suggest Bossy Pants by Tina Fey, she had me in stitches..


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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