Actress (Sex in the City", Strangers with Candy")," film star (Elf", Bewitched")," co-author (Wigfield")," perennial David Letterman guest and yes, David Sedaris's sister (as the Talent family, they write plays together), Amy also runs a small business selling cheese balls and cupcakes.
In this first solo publishing effort, playwright and comedic actress Sedaris (coauthor, The Book of Liz) shares with readers her collection of quirky, idiosyncratic tips on entertaining garnered from her mom, Girl Scouts, waiting tables, bartending school, and other eclectic sources. Though the lion's share of the book is devoted to what she calls her "personal jackpot recipes" (for such colorfully named dishes as "Brenda's Vulgar Barbeque Sauce"), Sedaris also includes creative ideas for themed parties, instructions for wacky craft projects (mostly made out of retired pantyhose), and advice on gift-giving for everyone from nuns, priests, and children to the divorced man in the office and women in early menopause. Bearing in mind that the book's subtitle refers to substances the author euphemistically calls "party enhancers," public libraries will no doubt find an audience for this wild and irreverent guide. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 6/15/06.] Deborah Ebster, Univ. of Central Florida Libs., Orlando Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
'Practical and hilarious' -- Publishers Weekly Starred review 'Her off-the-wall entertaining techniques can now be yours...Each situation is handled with an aplomb that can only come from a lifetime of hostessing...Though the lifestyle elements that run through the book may bring to mind a more whimsical cousin of Martha Stewart, Sedaris in action is actually more reminiscent of Julia Child, with directions and details that are refreshingly candid.' -- New York Post 'The times call for a heroine, someone to lift us above the malaise, who can inspire us by daring to live a life worth emulating. The times call for a modern-day Marie Antoinette...To take up her queenly mantle, may we suggest Amy Sedaris.' -- News and Observer, New York
There's no way around it: Sedaris fans are going to have to buy both her lavishly illustrated book and her audiobook adaptation. No one should be forced to decide between enjoying the visual delights of her kitschy photo-filled book or the aural pleasures of Sedaris's wonderfully exuberant narration. The rubber-faced comedienne proves equally limber vocally with her quicksilver changes from perfect deadpan to goofy dialects. The jaunty musical score and quirky sound effects enhance the production and complement her narration. Sedaris sounds like she's throwing a party in the studio and listeners would be foolish not to RSVP. The fourth disc contains a PDF file with all 76 recipes for her "15-minute meals in 20 minutes," which were read aloud on the previous discs, in addition to 70 more "Jackpot Recipes." A truly delightful audiobook. Simultaneous release with the Warner hardcover (Reviews, July 17). (Nov.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.