Happily Ali after And other fairly true tales

Alexandra Wentworth

Book - 2015

The actress, comedian, media darling, and New York Times bestselling author picks up where she left off in Ali in Wonderland, dissecting modern life--and this time, on a mission of self-improvement--in a series of laugh-out-loud comic vignettes.

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New York : Harper [2015]
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Alexandra Wentworth (author)
First Edition
Physical Description
x, 225 pages ; 22 cm
  • Introduction: The Prime of Miss Alt Wentwortk
  • Part I. Inspiration
  • Chapter 1. Live and Let Die
  • Chapter 2. Opportunity Knocks
  • Chapter 3. Set It Free
  • Chapter 4. Be Curious
  • Chapter 5. That Stinks
  • Chapter 6. Greatest Self
  • Part II. Marriage
  • Chapter 7. Grounded
  • Chapter 8. Tug of War
  • Chapter 9. Couples Therapy
  • Chapter 10. The Other Good Wife
  • Part III. Parenting
  • Chapter 11. Not Without My Daughters
  • Chapter 12. Awfully Crabby
  • Chapter 13. Happily Ali After
  • Chapter 14. For You, My Pet
  • Chapter 15. Help!
  • Chapter 16. Pool of Regret
  • Part IV. Wellness
  • Chapter 17. Move Me
  • Chapter 18. Ch-ch-ch-changes
  • Chapter 19. Going for the Bronze
  • Chapter 20. Not the Face
  • Chapter 21. Is That All There Is?
  • Acknowledgments
Review by Library Journal Review

Comedian Wentworth follows her best-selling Ali in Wonderland with this new collection of laugh-out-loud essays. This time though, instead of creating a satire of class and privilege, she turns her critical eye inward, on personal growth. Perhaps provoked by her favorite inspirational-quote Twitter feed, which she describes in the introduction, this reflective turn can also be explained by her looming 50th birthday. These essays allude to her youthful years in Hollywood (Wentworth is known for her roles on In Living Color and Seinfeld, among others), but focus on her present life as a middle-aged, working wife and mother. While cataloging the differences-how, for instance, her hope for a starring role on a television series has been trumped by her desire for paid work, even if that means posing as a postmenopausal woman-she is sharply observant and incisively funny. But what is most irresistible about -Wentworth is her hopefulness and her relentlessly open mind, which sometimes gets her into trouble (as when she consults a psychic) but mostly accounts for why she has lived such a fun and varied life. -VERDICT Readers who like Nora Ephron and Laurie Notaro won't want to miss Wentworth. Reading this book is like sitting with a best girlfriend-how fitting it is that Wentworth dedicated it to all of hers. [See Prepub Alert, 12/15/14.]-Meagan Lacy, Guttman Community Coll., CUNY © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Review by Kirkus Book Review

Facing her 50th birthday, Wentworth (Ali in Wonderland, 2012, etc.) embarks on an inspirational quest to self-betterment as she reflects on teachable moments from her life. Positive reinforcement can be a hard thing to come by, especially, as the actress and comedian realized, when on the verge of middle age. At 49, Wentworth was feeling blue and overcome by lassitude. Needing a change, she turned to an unexpected source of wisdom: Twitter. By following the aphoristic teachings of 140-word inspirational tweets, the author began a project to cast off her discontent and remake a "dynamic, sleeker, and turbocharged" self. However, Wentworth's plan to use Twitter as a guide to spiritual enlightenment disappears as quickly as it is introduced. Nowhere in her anti-self-help musings about marriage, wellness, and parenting does she return to this premise. The only connection to her Twitter concept is her insertion of oddly hashtagged phrases and Twitter handles in lieu of certain surnames. She haphazardly includes inspirational wisdom gleaned from her anecdotes about a former nemesis-turned-friend, the comedy of errors that was her invitation to give a commencement speech, and a cameraman that sullied her powder room. Thankfully, Wentworth is funny. She gracefully and elegantly bares embarrassing stories from her past and hilariously conveys the challenges of her marriage to ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos and of raising their two childrene.g., when her daughter desperately wanted a guinea pig for her birthday, which, accordingly to Wentworth, is nothing more than a glorified rodent. With wit, the author may inspire others to simply enjoy the moment and not let themselves get in the way. Though the oddly unfulfilled premise remains a bungle, Wentworth charms her way to safety with her endearing reflections. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

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