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By Ali Wentworth

ISBN-10: 0061998575

ISBN-13: 9780061998577

Turning out to be up in a kinfolk of political journalists—and daughter of President Reagan’s White residence social secretary—Ali Wentworth rebelled opposed to her blue-blood upbringing, embracing Hollywood, bikes, even a number of wildly irrelevant marriage proposals. at the present time she is an acclaimed comedic actress and author, former Oprah standard, spouse of political and media megastar George Stephanopoulos, and a mom who we could her women consume cotton sweet earlier than mattress. notwithstanding she’s settled down, her rebellious nature flourishes in her comedy and her view of her loopy global.

In this addictively humorous and hot memoir, she takes us throughout the taking a look glass and into the wonderland of her lifestyles, from a adolescence between Washington’s elite to a stint within the psych ward they known as a brand new England prep tuition; days doing L.A. caricature comedy (with then-aspiring artists Will Ferrell and Lisa Kudrow) to a chain of spectacularly failed loves (that ultimately led her to Mr. Right). consistent all through is her mom, Muffie—a perfectly based but enterprise, no-nonsense strength of nature and natural WASP convictions.

As captivating and off-the-wall as Ali herself, Ali in Wonderland is an interesting examine lifestyles that's either intimate and hilarious.

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The mess! The shame! Fortunately the all-clear sounded and we did not have to spend the night immersed in the evidence of my intemperate ways. A good week passed before I could get back in anybody’s good books. I often blush deeply when I think of some of the stupid things that have emerged from my mouth. Aged about fourteen, I was sitting in the Astoria Brixton on my own when two girls sitting in front of me turned around and asked if I had a light for their cigarettes. ’ What the hell did that mean?

Oh what a fool! It suddenly dawned on me that the smell of cigarettes would bring down the same wrath as the smell of booze. I swayed and staggered my way up Albert Square and as I mounted the steps of our house the sirens started to wail. Saved by the bell! Straight down to the Anderson shelter we went–Mum, Dad, Ruff and the beer-and-nicotine-smelling teenager. The shelter started reeling in front of my eyes, as I collapsed on my bunk. It was the same feeling as emerging from the red and yellow tunnel.

I wrote to my parents begging to come home, and adding that I’d happily cycle all the way back to London, as I only had sixpence and that would not buy a train ticket. I didn’t actually own a bicycle in Cornwall: it was a ploy! It worked though and my ticket back to London duly arrived. I missed the blackberry and apple pies and the cream but again was joyous to be homeward bound, bombs or not. By this time, the raids on London had ceased. Children started to trickle back, which created a problem for the school authorities: there was no Battersea Grammar now, so I was enrolled at Vauxhall Central School.

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