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Posted January 4, 2011
Definitely a do not judge me by my cover book! Sedaris delivers situational irony at it's best.
America's most delightfully unconventional hostess and the bestselling author of I Like You delivers a new book that will forever change the world of crafting. According to Amy Sedaris, it's often been said that ugly people craft and attractive people have sex. In her new book, SIMPLE TIMES, she sets the record straight. Demonstrating that crafting is one of life's more pleasurable and constructive leisure activities, Sedaris shows that anyone with a couple of hours to kill and access to pipe cleaners can join the elite society of crafters.
From the start I loved the wit and humor in this book. I certainly was expecting a seriously boring crafting book on how to glue popsicle sticks together correctly. I was very surprised and found my way laughing at times out loud. Then at other times thinking, is she really serious? This book is fairly large and I must say I found a need to take a break here and there to compose myself. Especially when I got to erotic chapter on fornicrafting;) Believe it or not there are some useful craft ideas and recipes in this book. Give her credit as Selaris does keep within theme of the title of her book "Simple Times" with her theatrical scenes and costumes.
The illustrations alone are entertaining and keep you turning to the next page to see what comes next. This book is certainly not for everyone and you might find yourself hiding it the closet away from your children and mother-in-law. It is adult humor that gives a break from the sometimes mundane world of crafting. I must say some would find this book highly offensive, if they let it get under their skin. I however laughed and shared with my husband wacky art and ironic ideas that left us feeling we are glad we don't take everything seriously, while feeling sorry for those that do. Life is too short for that. The title alone should clue you as to the satire and irony in this book. A book not for everyone, but if you would find it fun to make a doorway curtain out of candy corn and string for Halloween, then this book is for you. The candy corn curtain however is my idea and not in the book, so don't get to excited. Just a little ironic inspiration that came to me after reading Simple Times.
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