A Socialite’s Library: I Like You ~ Hospitality Under the Influence

January 5th, 2007 // 10 Comments

Amy Sedaris refuses to disappoint with her new book, “I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence.” The hilarious and surprisingly beautiful Strangers With Candy star combines recipes, gift ideas, games, pictures, and bizarre tips into 300 pages of consistent and often bewildering silliness. This book has an answer for any question you’d ever want to ask (and some you’d never want to), and the meat of it is no joke.

It’s a mystery where Sedaris gets her material from, but her sense of humor strikes a bizarre balance between smarts and mindlessness. The wonderfully immature, off-color humor is seemingly endless, but there is definite value in reading “I Like You.” If you are wondering what to buy your friend the nun for her birthday (a shower cap) or trying to think up a fun game to play with the neighborhood kids (“busking” – taking them to the airport to have them entertain travelers for small change), this book is a helpful resource.

Santa Claus gave me this book last month (what a guy), and I must say that I read it cover to cover wearing a smile that started to hurt my face after page 4. And while I suspected there might a joke-recipe included, everything I’ve made has turned out safe to eat. I recommend this book to anyone who loves to laugh. I can’t say I’ve ever seen a book quite like this. But if one exists, I’d bet it’s not nearly as funny.

  1. Tiffany

    I completely agree – this book rocks! I, too, read it cover to cover and could not stop smiling and laughing. I had to stop and explain my laughter to my husband as he kept asking, “What’s so funny?” I LOVE Amy Sedaris, and this book does not disappoint. I made her fried chicken and baked alaska over the holidays and they were both super yummy.

  2. Lisa

    Best quote from this book, “Accentuate the postive, medicate the negatives.”

  3. You wonder where Amy Sedaris gets her sense of humour from, my guess – after reading everything her brother David has ever written, and that’s hardly an exageration ! – her mother. This woman got away with the following line: “If you’re looking for sympathy, it’s in the dictionary between shit and syphilis”. Following your suggestion, I went right online to order the book. The bad news is that I also ordered the other seven books that were on my wishlist. Thanks. Happy New Year.

  4. You wonder where Amy Sedaris gets her sense of humour from, my guess – after reading everything her brother David has ever written, and that’s hardly an exageration ! – her mother. This woman got away with the following line: “If you’re looking for sympathy, it’s in the dictionary between shit and syphilis”. Following your suggestion, I went right online to order the book. The bad news is that I also ordered the other seven books that were on my wishlist. Thanks. Happy New Year.

  5. HeyHeyHey

    the book is fantastic – she is the funniest person to come along in ages – check out youtube for a smattering of her tv appearances – really great.

  6. Different strokes, etc.

    I hated this book.
    Received it as a present and sold it on Amazon.

    Ms. Sedaris evidently thinks pantyhose are a riot.
    I disagree.

  7. Holly

    You wonder where Amy Sedaris got her humor? Judging from her brothers books, I’d say she got it the same way he did– their fucked up childhoods!

  8. me and bloghungry made the spanikopita(sp?) last nite and it was AMAZING! love that book.

  9. Tommy

    Amy is hilarious…haven’t checked the book out YET but i’m going to and i’m sure knowing my friends, they will love it too. She rocks !

  10. Loob

    I commented on this book, back when the review went up. But my comment has been removed.
    Inexplicably, since it was not offensive.
    I liked it and I love Amy Sedaris, which was the content of my short comment, if anyone cares to hear my opinion.

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