Books That Made a Difference to Ali Wentworth
The writer and comedian, whose memoir, Ali in Wonderland
, is out next month, gets serious about Russian history, politics, and anything that pokes fun at her family.
By As told to Lesley Gaspar
O, The Oprah Magazine |
December 23, 2011
"This is a life-changing book," Wentworth says of Tough's look at the work of social activist and educator Geoffrey Canada, who created the Harlem Children's Zone, a cradle-to-college, community-based organization.
"I love the story of Anastasia, the youngest daughter of Czar Nicholas II," who, along with the rest of the Romanov family, was murdered during the Russian Revolution. "The idea that she may be alive is so romantic," says Wentworth.
"My mother's name is Muffie, so already that's funny," says Wentworth, who believes that the 1980 tongue-in-cheek self-help manual offered early inspiration.
"Freud's work is so raw and real," says Wentworth about the British painter's unflinching portraits of people and animals.