In a very literal sense, I would not have read this book if not for my roommate from college. She came for a visit this Christmas from wherever-she’s-living-now with a giftcard for me to a leetle independent bookstore in North Van. I happened to be going to North Van for maybe eight seconds later on that week, and then moving several miles and one ferry ride away from North Van immediately after. So there I was, in this leetle independent book store with $20 to spend and eight seconds to spend it. I Like You is large and bright, and has the name ‘Sedaris’ on it.
I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence – Amy Sedaris
Friends! Let us have a party. Come to my house, and I will have themed decorations and h’ors d’ouvres and we will play games and it will all walk the fine line just this side of Good Taste (except for when it leaps waaaaaaaaaay over into Rudesville, and gives you an impromptu tutorial on how to wash your va-jay-jay. But it will be attached to a piece of twine, so that we can yank it back into Good Taste again).
I Like You is an honest-to-goodness book on hospitality. How to throw a good dinner party, how to be a good houseguest, how to entertain the elderly, how to make your own BBQ sauce. These are THINGS I NEED TO KNOW! But as much as it is useful and helpful, it is also Amy Sedaris. There are fag jokes and vodka jokes and more pictures of her in varying states of undress than I had expected. Not that there’s anything wrong with that! I’m just saying, iffen you want to get your maiden aunt a book on hospitality, probably stick to Miss Manners.
Have I mentioned how very much pretty? My loves, you should see this book. I will leave it on the coffee table for when you come over for our party (seriously, though, how fun would that be? All of us gathered round for a bit of a chat, and some scones?) so that you can fawn over the layout. And I will make you dinner from recipes that say things like ‘Buy the kind of steak that costs money’ and ‘Mix it until it looks like it’s supposed to’ and ‘I don’t know what temperature to cook it at, or for how long.’
I feel like I’m doing a poor job of this. I can’t think of anything to say about I Like You besides It is funny and useful. It is funny!! And useful!! There are pictures! Seriously, lots of pictures, and there is so much brightness and sparkle on each page that I get a bit epileptic just thinking about it. READ IT!