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Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People

Matt Berger Nov 29, 2010

Title: Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People

Author: Amy Sedaris

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Type: Non Fiction

Released: November 2, 2010

Length: 304 pp




p>Humorist Amy Sedaris showed us how to host a party in style, including steps on removing vomit stains from one’s clothes, in the 2008 book I like You: Hospitality under the Influence. Now she takes on the crafting movement with Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People.



Sedaris points out, that “being poor is a wonderful motivation for being creative.” So, from Christmas ornaments made with marshmallows and nails to a tuna can lid baby chime, Sedaris asks us to take a lesson from those with less and be resourceful in our craft making — recycle and use objects in your house. Complete with colorful photos of Sedaris and friends in costume (a squaw, sullen teen and, of course, Jesus) and compromising positions, Simple Times promises to be a nice addition to your coffee table, alongside American Colonial Homes and A History of Western Art.



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