Brie, November 12, 2008 (view all comments by Brie)
If you've ever wondered how to conjure your inner hostess by making a self esteem collage, who not to invite to your party, or just needed a definitive recipe for Frazzled Leeks in Snapping Oil, this is the ultimate holiday (and all-occasion) guide to entertaining entertainment! Sedaris is hilarious as always; this book is one party that I'm glad I was invited to.
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Goldie, March 19, 2008 (view all comments by Goldie)
My mom gave me this book for Christmas 2006. The same day I opened it I turned around and gave it to my friend for her birthday. I've regretted that action ever since.
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crowyhead, July 16, 2007 (view all comments by crowyhead)
Hilarious combination of real-life hosting advice and toungue-in-cheek snarkiness. I'm not really the hostessy type, so I mostly just checked this out from the library for the snarkiness instead of the recipes. Good fun.
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Raingirl, April 28, 2007 (view all comments by Raingirl)
Hellaciously funny writing, drawings, diagrams and photos on the art of entertaining, with a few decent recipes thrown in. This book is laugh-out loud hysterical. The secret poster is worth the price of the book alone. Yes, the book's cover is somewhat offputting, but mind the old adage and don't let it deter you from picking this one up.
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I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence
0 stars -
Warner Books -
by Sheila A.,
A tongue-in-cheek pastiche of recipes and advice for host and guest alike, I Like You will embolden readers to take on any entertaining challenge, be it hosting children, a rich uncle, or a crew of lumberjacks.
by Sheila A.
"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"Sedaris's sidesplitting guide to throwing parties hopes to return readers to the times when the word 'entertainment' was 'charmingly old-fashioned, like courtship or back alley abortions.' While her tongue is firmly in cheek, novice party-planners will actually find some helpful hints along the way as Sedaris offers instructions and real recipes. Her tips run the gamut from how to properly freeze meatballs (freeze them on a cookie sheet before putting them into a freezer bag so they won't stick together) and deal with the inebriated ('Better to cut them off rather than pretend it's not happening and then allow them to stay over and wet your bed'). She's a generous but crafty hostess ('A good trick is to fill your medicine cabinet with marbles. Nothing announces a nosey guest better than an avalanche of marbles hitting a porcelain sink'). Etiquette pointers include inappropriate introductions ('This is Barbara, she can't have children') and things to avoid saying to the grieving ('Did she smoke?' 'Was he drinking?' 'Where were you when this happened?'). Her advice is both practical and hilarious; her instructions on removing vomit stains ends with 'or just toss it, chances are you've stained it before.' Sedaris's first solo effort (after Wigfield with her Strangers with Candy co-stars, as well as several plays with her brother, David) is an outrageous and deadpan delight, greatly enhanced by her deliriously kitschy illustrations and photos." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
by Library Journal,
"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."
"The actor, caterer, film star, comic, and sister of David Sedaris charms, seduces, entertains, instructs, amuses, and just plain invites readers into her somewhat eclectic life."
America's most delightfully unconventional hostess provides jackpot recipes and solid advice laced with her blisteringly funny take on entertaining — plus four-color photos and enlightening sidebars on everything it takes to pull off a party with extraordinary flair.America's most delightfully unconventional hostess provides jackpot recipes and solid advice laced with her blisteringly funny take on entertaining — plus four-color photos and enlightening sidebars on everything it takes to pull off a party with extraordinary flair.
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