Martha Stewart is a household name when it comes to crafts, gorgeous holiday decorations, perfect cookies and mouth-watering cookbooks.
However, fans who buy her daughter Alexis Stewart’s new book, “Whateverland: Learning to Live Here” will read about a completely different person than 70-year-old Stewart portrays on television and in magazines.
Alexis Stewart, 46, is Martha Stewart’s only child and in her book, she paints a picture of her mother that is not at all complimentary.
The book is due to hit bookstore shelves on October 18 and if what Alexis writes is true, growing up wasn’t all about baking fancy cookies and making crafts with her mother. (See video preview of the book, left)
Instead, it’s full of Martha-bashing and a rather disturbing portait of the queen of crafts and recipes.
The same woman who can teach fans how to turn an ordinary Christmas into an extraordinary event with just a few freshly gathered pinecones, is described as a woman who is a bit on the eccentric and controlling side. (continue below)
“If I didn’t do something perfectly, I had to do it again. I grew up with a glue gun pointed at my head.”
But Martha Stewart doesn’t seem to mind what daughter Alexis has revealed to the public. On October 1, she tweeted:
“…whateverland is my daughter Alexis’ book … it is hilarious, enlightening, and a grand satire on growing up …fun to read!!! the book whateverland should be read as a satire- not an autobiography- it is funny”
The New York Daily News writes that Alexis’ book, co-written with Jennifer Hutt, reveals that ‘growing up with Martha Stewart wasn’t always a good thing.’
If you thought growing up under Martha Stewart’s roof meant you would have endless buffets of delicious food at your disposal, think again.
“There was never anything to eat at my house,” Alexis Stewart wites, “Other people had food. I had no food. There were ingredients but no prepared food of any kind.”
Of course, fans who have watched Martha Stewart appear in perfectly pressed clothing and polished makeup on television would never imagine that she wasn’t all that conservative at home.
“Mother always peed with the door open. I remember saying, ‘You know, now I have friends over! You can’t do that anymore! It’s gotta stop!”
If the book rings true to real life in Martha’s world, her dogs ruled the roost. Alexis writes that while guests were told to take their shoes off when they came in the house, the family dogs were allowed to “p–s and s–t” on the rugs.
From Halloween spent in a dark house…
“There were no costumes. There was no anything”
…to wrapping her own Christmas presents
“She would hand me things right before Christmas and say, ‘Now wrap these but don’t look inside.'”
…growing up with Martha Stewart as your mother certainly sounds like a far cry from fine living by most people’s standards.
Find Alexis Stewart’s book, “Whateverland: Learning to Live Here” at bookstores on October 18, 2011.
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Sources: New York Daily News, USA Today, Twitter