January 23, 2010

I Like You by Amy Sedaris: Review

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So yeah, Amy Sedaris is bonkers. Really, really bonkers but in a good way. She has to be to have written I Like You. I Like You is sort of a instructional book for entertaining and cookbook. I say sort of because it's so frickin' weird. It's tagline is Hospitality Under the Influence. I'd say there was some partaking of chemicals when writing this one.You might not want to leave this one sitting around for small children to pick up, unless you want to explain to them what a bong is.

Amy offers suggestions for entertaining in all kinds of situations for all kinds of people: blind dates, alcoholics, children, sick people, the elderly, lumberjacks. She gives advice on how to set the mood, what to serve, how to get out various stains, how to get guests to give you money, etc.

While reading I Like You, I thought some of it was useful and sensible. Then she'd say something so off the wall, I'd question everything I just read. It had the effect of making it difficult to decide if she's being serious or not. Anyway, I've read that the recipes are actually quite good. I haven't tried any yet. The pictures are less than appetizing. Some of them remind me of my Mom's old cookbooks from the seventies, kind of dark and photographed in that weird orangey light. I think that's the look she was going for though.

So, I don't know. If you are in the mood for a humourous look at entertaining, I Like You might be worth picking up but I wouldn't make it my only book on the topic. Unless your guests really like crafts made from pantyhose.

I bought I Like You from a discount site.




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14 comments :

  1. This sounds like a hoot! I'm going to have to see if the library has it.

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  2. Is this David Sedaris' sister Amy? Sounds like a good book.

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  3. I love this book...but, yes, it's way out there. The recipes were much more practical than I thought they'd be! :)

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  4. I've got this book but haven't read it yet - you've made me really curious!

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  5. Amy Sedaris is a total ham in such a good way. Loved her as Jerry Blank on Comedy Central's satirical after-school special, Strangers with Candy! I haven't read this book, but chances are that if you read something that made you scratch your head, that's the effect she was going for. :)

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  6. This one is new to me but sounds funny. Recipes on top of that? Sounds good.

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  7. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this book.

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  8. Looks funny. I remember Amy making the talk show rounds when this came out and she was out there. But in a good way, I think.

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  9. Leave it to Amy Sedaris to write a book that leaves the reader scratching their head!

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  10. I've thought of trying this one for laughs since I love David Sedaris and all. Haven't yet, but I love weird, so I probably will!

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  11. Bonkers must run in the family, but I am fond of them all (can't leave out the Rooster...think that's his name).

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  12. Lumberjacks need entertainment how-to's, too...

    Sounds quite funny.

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  13. Thanks so much for the review. I often use reviews for ideas and inspiration.

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