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Ali in Wonderland

And Other Tall Tales
Narrated by: Ali Wentworth
Length: 5 hrs and 10 mins
4 out of 5 stars (283 ratings)

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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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Critic Reviews

“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

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.

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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!

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  • Ashley
  • TUCSON, ARIZONA, United States
  • 06-28-12

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..

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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.

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Listening again

I loved this book. I’m listening again because I enjoyed it so much. Ali Wentworth is smart and funny!

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Exhausting.

I watched an interview with Ali Wentworth and it was hilarious. So I picked up her book. I definitely regret it. It tries too hard to be clever, to use as many silly comparisons and words as it can, and I only listened for about twenty minutes before I couldn’t take it anymore. There was no true theme or story that I could find, just trying to humble brag about all the famous people she knew while still poor and trying to make it in Hollywood or wherever she was. The entire narrative was jumbled and lost me.

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Enjoyed this audio while icing my blephroplasty

Very engaging. This audio book did help me keep ice packs (crushed ice filled pampers) on my post surgical eyelids for 48 hrs. I wish Ali's surgeon had directed her to ice yielding less swelling and faster recovery.

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Ali in Wonderland

Excellent Book! Entertaining! Ali is Smart, Down to Earth, Funny and has quite an extraordinary sense of humor. I will definitely purchase another book authored by her! Enjoyed it!

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Horrible

Horrible, forced myself to listen to it for several chapters due to good reviews I had read. Finally could no longer take it and had to delete it.

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Hilarious

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.