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Living It Up: Humorous Adventures in Hyperdomesticity

Finley, Karen

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ISBN 10: 0385486456 / ISBN 13: 9780385486453
Published by Doubleday, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1996
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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First printing. Inscribed on half title. Visual performance artist Finley spoofs the 'perfect hostess' in this self-illustrated how-to manual. Book unread, near fine. DJ likewise near fine. 149 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 13007

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Title: Living It Up: Humorous Adventures in ...

Publisher: Doubleday, New York, New York, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: 1st Edition.

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In Enough Is Enough, Karen Finley lampooned the self-help genre with weekly meditations showing us how to make the most of our dysfunctionality. In Living It Up, she trains her blazing wit and insight on the tyrannical Myth of the Perfect Homemaker.
With the indomitable ingenuity and can-do spirit of a manic Martha Stewart, Ms. Finley takes us month-by-month through a year of fabulous living - from dictating New Year's resolutions to friends and family, to growing marigolds in your armpit in June, to knitting sandwich bags for a back-to-school surprise, to getting a head start on the perfect Christmas by chopping down a forty-foot tree and saving it in your freezer. In addition to such seasonal delights, Living It Up offers resourceful everyday activities and crafts, like making bathmats and coasters from the hair that collects in the tub drain, and how to throw the perfect divorce party.
Illustrated throughout with the author's own distinctive drawings, Living It Up offers hope to frustrated do-it-yourselfers everywhere in a screamingly funny addition to the literature of house and home.

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Controversial performance artist Finley, who sent up self-help groups in Enough Is Enough (not reviewed), gives her downtown edge to household goddess Martha Stewart and other icons of supermarket domesticity. It isn't easy to pastiche Stewart, who designed a line of house paints based on the colors of the eggs her chickens laid. But Finley gets in some funny lampoons while uncovering the edgy obsessiveness and darker psychology of a life lived close to a glue gun. Just as Stewart publishes a monthly calendar of her formidable activities, so Finley uses the easy frame of a calendar year for her satire (October--Halloween, when 50 guests are served a breakfast of lifesize marshmallow ghost pancakes). Finley tells us, ``I've come to the conclusion that there is a craft project in everything around us.'' Some of the projects are topical no-brainers: Father's Day parties decorated in a Lorena Bobbitt/penis motif; Menendez room makeovers for angry teenagers, with pictures of Lyle and Erik on the wall. More are grotesque and macabre: cockroach centerpieces for Easter (bunny ears are attached to their little bodies); bath mats woven from hair caught in the bathtub drain; and a do-it-yourself casket. Finley lines hers with ``handmade velvet from France that I've bleached, dyed, and detailed with lace made by nuns in Belgium.'' One feels that Stewart could easily one-up her there. Finley is more fun when she's silly and surreal: ``Well, wouldn't you know that under my left armpit I started growing marigolds! The dwarf orange variety. I left them alone till they got established.'' And she's more pointed in her diary of a depressed and angry woman: ``5:30 a.m.: I don't want to get up. No one cares about my thirty-foot coconut cake heart with cherry butter cream inside.'' With her funny illustrations, Finley serves a merely clever amuse-gueule that could have been a more substantial meal. (Author tour) -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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