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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Ali in Wonderland by Ali Wentworth

Ali in Wonderland: and Other Tall Tales
by Ali Wentworth
ISBN: 978-0-06-199857-7
Buy From Indigo
Release Date: January 27/February 7, 2011

Description: 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.

The Good Stuff
  • Self deprecating, charming, down to earth and honest 
  • Funny as hell
  • Quick easy read - perfect when you are stuck at home sick
  • Although she comes from a more elite background, she never comes across as snobby or privledged
  • The story about trying to hand deliver a thank you present to the secretary of defense will make you laugh your ass off
  • Doesn't get all gossipy or mean spirited
  • Loved her description of her experience giving birth
  • Love her Mom, Muffie
  • Her chapter on manners is funny, but also very true to how I was raised (Well without the money part)
 The Not So Good Stuff
  • Stories told in a non linear fashion, which can be difficult to get into  - took me a bit, but than I ended up enjoying it
  • I was a little irritated when she was whining about resort vacations,  as I cannot afford to take a vacation, had a hard time sympathizing with her at first, but since she is so self deprecating and honest, I got over it.
  • Would have liked more
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"I dreaded packing my sleeping bag, toothbrush, and clean underwear. As a child of divorce, I saw it as just one more dysfunctional family I had to stay with." (regarding sleepovers)

"My political prejudice toward the Nixon administration was not brought about by Watergate, illegal wiretaps, or the Vietnam War-no, it was their conduct toward my dog. (And by the way, this is by and large how I still judge people today.)"

"I never competed for boys, choosing instead to live by the motto, "if you love something, set it free, if it comes back to you, it's yours; if not, well than he's an asshole."

"I believe in gay marriage, gay rights, everything gay-but any two creatures, be it straight, gay, or amphibian, twisting tongues and flexing their buttocks shouldn't be on public display without a cover charge,"

Who Should/Shouldn't Read
  • Definitely for fans of Wentworth
  • Anyone who needs a light fun read
4.25 Dewey's

I received this from HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review


  1. Im jealous that shes married to George. He was backup if Jason ever left me!