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.
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“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)
My favorite genres are absurdist humor, Sci-fi & modern fantasy, but, as you can see, I'll read just about anything. Don't mind the typos.
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.
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!
I will recommend Audible to anyone who loves multi-tasking. I am able to learn while being active. It takes away my stress, totally!
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.
After listening to Ali's stories, I wish we could be friends. She is the funniest person I've ever heard and I'm going to listen to her new book now. I picked this for our Northern Virginia book club because we needed a happy break from the sad stories of war and the holocaust and books of the like. I wish everyone could look on the bright side like Ali. Plus I grew up in NY, worked in Greenwich CT, so understood her reference to Silver Hill, and have lived in the DC area for 25 years, so get all those references too. If you need a laugh, listen to this book. It has brightened the time spent waking my dog, and amused fellow pedestrians as I was guffawing along my route.
I listened to "Ali Ever After" and loved it so much that I immediately downloaded "Ali in Wonderland". I'm training for a half-marathon, so I listen to 3 or 4 chapters on a run ... If you see a runner w/ earbuds Laughing Out Loud, they're probably listening to Ali!
I really enjoy Ali's voice, when it's being sarcastic, imitating her mother's perfect wasp or Dax's british accents, or just straight-forward reading. This is a funny, sweet, audible book that I will recommend to friends.
The timeline of the stories is too broken up.. She is in her late twenties, then a child, then in her thirties, then in college, then in her forties ,then her twenties again, then a child..... you get the idea. Plus, it is hard to feel much compassion for another upper middle class child who ends up in therapy as an adult after trips to Europe, partying, pretending to be broke to blend in, multiple fiancés etc. Funny but not that original.
If you want to feel your having a conversation with a girlfriend, then this a good book to get. Fun stories.
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!)
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.
Definitely, it was hard to put down.
I'd like to hear more from her, not so much about her life, but just her funny observations.
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