If you are looking for an actual craft book, this is not one. I thought this would have actual cute crafts to work on but it is really just funny commentary by Amy Sedaris and Paul Dinello. I'm a big fan of Amy Sedaris, so if you love her humor-which is not for everyone- you will love this book. It's packed with pictures and drawings which are awesome, and of course they are hilarious but if you're looking to do crafts, this doesn't offer much at all. For example, "Love Chimes" for your lover were a bunch of rusty nails strung together! I have the book in my living room and people love to flip through it and laugh - or wonder what kind of weirdo I am. :)
This is very much in the spirit of Amy Sedaris's online show At Home With Amy Sedaris. The biggest joy is the contrast between the format of a familiar craft guide from the 70s with the serious, authoritative writing --- and the absurd nature of the craft projects and inept execution. It's lavishly and lovingly illustrated with photos of tacky recycled bottlecaps, suspicious strips of burlap and lurking acorns, and contains frighting suggestions about what to do with same. For the Pinterest Fail in your heart.
She is sooo funny, and has the same humor as her brother, David Sedaris. But in a different style...it can be enjoyed by simply browsing through it. You wouldn't really sit down and read it cover to cover. The quality of the pages is really high, so it's fun to page through it. I was surprised by this, considering how cheap it was. She has another book too, which I've also purchased. They are equally great.
I pulled this book out of it's mailer face down, so the first thing I saw was Amy Sedaris in a crafted indian squaw outfit standing in front of a redskin habitat, holding a pipe of some kind.. I literally was laughing before I even opened the book! What amazes me is the level of detail in the photos! There are very subtle elements that are full on 100% Sedaris, and keep me rolling as I find something new every time I look. I don't know how she does it, but I love it. She can be the envy of any burned out elementary school teacher and a sadistic comedian simultaneously. Bipolar entertainment at its finest.
Seriously, I laughed so hard I peed, probably because it is a combination of the most inane things that I sometimes think and am shocked to see someone else thought too and the fond memories I have of awful 20 year old crafting books my crazy Aunt Caro use to send me every year for Christmas. Love you Aunt Caro! I bought it for my assistant because of our mutual love of Amy's brother, David Sedaris' writing and her love of crafting. When I got home I started to look through it and then read it cover to cover and laughed, cried and peed, the entire time. This can be a book for those who take crafting and themselves serious, but never at the same time and never so much that they can't laugh at either. Just when you think that she has out done herself she has something more outlandish on the very next page. I can't say that after reading this I plan to go out and make any of the crafts she has suggested except for Moses' Comb Sheath! Thank you Amy for making me pee my pants!