By Ali Wentworth
Starting to be up in a relatives 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 beside the point marriage proposals. this present day she is an acclaimed comedic actress and author, former Oprah common, spouse of political and media celebrity George Stephanopoulos, and a mom who shall we her ladies devour cotton sweet sooner than mattress. although she’s settled down, her rebellious nature flourishes in her comedy and her view of her loopy international.
In this addictively humorous and hot memoir, she takes us during the having a look glass and into the wonderland of her lifestyles, from a youth between Washington’s elite to a stint within the psych ward they known as a brand new England prep university; days doing L.A. comic strip comedy (with then-aspiring artists Will Ferrell and Lisa Kudrow) to a sequence of spectacularly failed loves (that ultimately led her to Mr. Right). consistent all through is her mom, Muffie—a perfectly stylish 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 pleasing examine lifestyles that's either intimate and hilarious.
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Fuck, we overpacked,” she said. Gingerly I stood up. My reflection in the mirror was a catastrophe. The lower half of my face was caked with dried blood. It looked like a Ming vase that had been smashed, then glued back together. Claire handed me a fistful of napkins from the airport snack bar, and I cleaned myself up as best I could. Now, if you’ve never really traveled before, and you’ve just flown over thirty-one hours in economy class—two rows up from the smoking section—to a foreign city in an upside-down, day-is-night hallucinatory time zone—and you’re filthy: your mouth feels encrusted with airplane pretzels and you haven’t showered in over a day—and you both have splitting headaches from dehydration and from watching endless loops of The Goonies and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off on the minuscule screens throughout the airplane—and at least one of you has just had a massive nosebleed—and as soon as you step outside the airport, a wall of tropical humidity hits you that makes you feel as if you’re standing behind the exhaust pipe of a city bus—then as a general rule of thumb, it’s a good idea to take a room at a Holiday Inn for a couple of days to get acclimated.
However, given the sensitive nature of what unfolded and the conditions under which many of the people in this story continue to live, I have changed the names of almost everyone unless given their permission. I have also altered distinguishing characteristics of several people—most notably of my friend “Claire Van Houten” and her family—to the extent of rendering them unrecognizable. It is my intention to protect their identity and privacy. I’ve also spelled some Mandarin words the way they sounded to me at the time rather than as they’re actually written.