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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,759 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Amy Sedaris Narrator: Amy Sedaris, Paul Dinello Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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America’s most delightfully unconventional hostess and the bestselling author of I Like You delivers a new book that will forever change the world of crafting. According to Amy Sedaris, it’s often been said that ugly people craft and attractive people have sex. In Simple Times she sets the record straight. Demonstrating that crafting is one of life’s more pleasurable and constructive leisure activities, Sedaris shows that anyone with a couple of hours to kill and access to pipe cleaners can join the elite society of crafters.

Discover how to make popular crafts such as crab-claw roach clips, tinfoil balls, and crepe-paper moccasins. Learn how to get inspired, perhaps by spending time at a Renaissance Fair or buying fruit, letting it get old, and seeing what shapes it turns into; remember which kind of glue to use with which material: Tacky with Furry, Gummy with Gritty, Paste with Prickly, and always Gloppy with Sandy. Create your own craft room and avoid the most common crafting accidents, such as sawdust fires, feather asphyxia, and pine cone lodged in throat. Cook your own edible crafts, from a Crafty Candle Salad to Sugar Skulls, and many more recipes.

Plus, whole chapters full of more crafting ideas will inspire you to create your own hastily constructed obscure d’arts, and much, much more.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Simple Times has strong potential as a gift for anyone who’s ever collected hats crocheted together, or Barbie dolls in knitted antebellum dresses designed to cover an extra roll of toilet paper—or simply for fans of Amy Sedaris and her idiosyncratic sense of humor.” 

    New York Times Book Review 

  • “Imagine a Girl Scout jamboree suddenly overtaken by a band of circus freaks. That’s roughly the effect of Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People, the colorful new craft book by comedian Amy Sedaris.” 

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Will leave readers in stitches.” 

    Boston Herald 

  • “A wildly cheeky guide.” 


  • “Sedaris’ wildly wacky crafts and gift of side-splitting laughter are a perfect combination.” 


  • “Those looking to make conventional crafts, obviously, should look elsewhere. Everyone else should sit down, have a laugh, and make your very own bean-and-leaf James Brown mosaic.” 


  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jennifer | 2/18/2014

    " This book is hilarious and it has some good craft ideas. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Clare | 1/30/2014

    " Amy Sedaris is cuckoo in a good way. This satirical book made me laugh hard in certain parts. Other sections of the book seemed as if they were just stuck in the middle to make the book a certain size. I wish I could see Amy do her comic act live - her quiky sense of humor takes me away from all the troubles of the world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sarah Isgrig | 1/28/2014

    " Absolutely hilarious. I'd never read anything by her before but I was cracking up listening to this audiobook about crafting. It's all one big joke (I didn't know it was going to be like that until after I got into reading it) but it was a great one. I'd highly recommend it to anyone who likes to make things. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Libbie | 1/23/2014

    " oh my what can a person say about this book. There is nothing in this book you would really want to make and display in your house....not really. That is unless you are going for that weird serial killer, crazy woman decor, then maybe this book has everything you need. I may not want to make anything that's in this book but I still love to share it with people, and place it on my coffee table because you can not look through this book without laughing out loud at something. Amy as always I love you. "

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About the Author
Author Amy Sedaris

Amy Sedaris has appeared frequently on screen, both large and small. She is co-creator, with Stephen Colbert and Paul Dinello, of Comedy Central’s hit show Strangers with Candy and half of the Obie-winning “Talent Family” playwright team, with her brother, David. Amy lives in Manhattan with her imaginary boyfriend, Ricky, and her pet rabbit, Dusty.