The domestic maven talked about Whateverland: Learning to Live Here on The Martha Stewart Show and addressed the hype.
"Well there's a real buzz in the air, can you hear it? I think so. The studio is buzzing, my blackberry is buzzing. I get a little 'ping ping' like every five minutes. The internet is buzzing and it's all because of my daughter Alexis. She's at it again," Martha said.
"I had heard about a book but, it's all about growing up. And fabulous pictures by the way. And it is hilarious and it is enlightening and it's full of funny stories," Martha gushed. "It's not an autobiography. Let's get that straight right now... It's irreverent and it's lots of fun. Remember that Whatever, [Martha] show that those girls had on TV? That was my idea. You know making fun of good things is a good idea. Well Alexis, I had called her this morning and said 'What is the funniest part of the book?' She had given these answers. She sat for an interview to Us Weekly and they chose not to print her answers for some reason."
Martha then read the question-and-answer session, adding comments of her own.
"One question, 'There was never anything to eat at my house. Other people had food. I had no food… There were ingredients but no prepared food of any kind.' [Alexis'] answer: And that is how my house is today. Turned out to be a good thing.'"
Martha said, "Yes if you wanted to eat when she was growing up. You had to cook something. That was the whole idea. She is a superb cook."
Stewart read the next quote: "'Martha does everything better! You can't win! If I didn't do something perfectly, I had to do it again… I grew up with a glue gun pointed at my head.' And Alexis' answer: 'Obviously what I say in this book is an exaggeration of the truth. I'm not sure if there were glue guns when I was a kid.'"
Martha said, "And she's right, there were not any glue guns. She was twenty something when I first started working with glue guns and making my Christmas book. And she says, 'I definitely prefer to have a mother who is good at things than the alternative.'"
What's Martha's favorite part of the book? The Halloween section.
"The best thing of all is Halloween," says Martha. "She wrote: 'Halloween was also a grim affair: There were no costumes. There was no anything. We turned off all the lights and pretended we weren't home.' And so her answer is: 'Oh ok. I left out the years when my mother made me costumes on the sewing machine. Or let me wear all of my grandmother's fabulous costume jewelry when I was very young and was a gypsy for Halloween. It was kind of fun pretending no one was home. No one else did that or would admit that they did it. And I still do it til [sic]this day.'"
The message? Alexis Stewart's book is meant to be tongue-in-cheek, not a scathing declaration of Mommy Dearest parenting.
"I must have instilled in her some good habits," Martha laughed. "She's tall, beautiful, gorgeous and mother of baby Jude and that's all that counts. The book is out late October wherever books are sold. I encourage you to buy it, read and make it a best seller."
Sounds like Thanksgiving dinner will be a lot less awkward than we thought around the Stewart house.
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