"Ali in Wonderland: And Other Tall Tales" by Ali Wentworth
You probably know Ali Wentworth from her hilarious days on In Living Color, or her hilarious role as Schmoopie on Seinfeld, or her hilarious appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show. And when you take a look at her life, you'll see it's no wonder she is such a funny woman.
In Ali In Wonderland: And Other Tall Tales, Ali Wentworth shares tales of growing up in a family of political journalists, rebelling against her blue-blood upbringing and moving to Hollywood. She goes from a childhood among Washington's elite to New England prep school to doing sketch comedy in Los Angeles and then back to Washington when she marries political and media sensation George Stephanopoulos and has two little girls.
Ali is honest and funny in this memoir as she shares about her WASP upbringing, the wisdom her non-nonsense and elegant mother imparted in her, and the time she swam around the swimming pool while holding onto the shoulders of Henry Kissinger. She is an amazing story-teller and while you wonder if all of them are true (and the title does warn you of this), you don't care too much because they will have you laughing the whole way through. Her description of childbirth had me laughing so hard, my husband was wondering what was wrong with me (then I shared the story with him and he burst out laughing).
If you are a fan of Ali's, reading this book is like having her sit down for coffee with you. It's like she is telling you the stories rather than you reading them. I thought this was a fantastic book because I am such a fan of Ali's. She is an intelligent and funny woman, which is a great combination. I loved the stories of her childhood. How many of us can say we grew up entertaining world leaders at our parents parties?
If you're looking for a typical autobiography, you're not going to get it with this, as this is more about various, hilarious tales from Ali's life. If you're looking for laughs, you've found the right book. I certainly hope she's saved some tales for another book.