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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: November 2010 ISBN: 9781600247293
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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.” 

    InStyle  

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

    Audiofile

  • “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.” 

    Booklist

  • 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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 1/12/2014

    " Simple Times is great for any crafter or anyone thinking about starting to make crafts. It caters to every audience including the disabled, teenagers and even disabled teenagers. Some of the crafts lack instructions. But Amy trains you in exercises to use your imagination. The book also includes some recipes for cookies, fudge cakes, and sausage to name a few. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Krys (Black & Write Reviews) | 1/7/2014

    " It's slightly humorous, but I just couldn't enjoy to the fullest. Some interesting ideas, but otherwise--crap. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 1/3/2014

    " Amy Sedaris is fun and cute. While I love the pictures and commentary, it's doubtful that I'd ever make any of these crafts. Somehow I don't think that's the point of this. Good times, good times. Not quite as good as "I Like You." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca Schweitzer | 1/3/2014

    " A funny little book of quirky crafts. Good for a laugh, and maybe a few strange gifts to give to friends. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alyssa | 1/2/2014

    " I laughed more at the ridiculous pictures of crafts and costumes than I did at her writing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Keli Wright | 12/19/2013

    " this book was not even worth my time. It had strange crafts that no one would ever make ... I know it was suppossed to be funny but I didn't think it was funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 12/14/2013

    " very funny, and an interesting POV "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jamie F | 12/10/2013

    " A few cheap laughs but not as clever as I hoped. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susie | 9/10/2013

    " I Like You was so much fun, this was just dumb. . . "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jillian | 7/31/2013

    " This book is hysterical. The poem Sandbags by "Gene Woodchuck" (page 98) may be my favorite poem of all time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gwen | 2/23/2013

    " i hear you two are witches! Good times!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda Rothe | 2/1/2013

    " Amy Sedaris can do no wrong in my book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Valerie | 12/30/2012

    " Simply horrid on every level. Boring. NOT funny. Mean spirited. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Polly | 12/12/2012

    " I don't love it as much as "I Like You." I just can't picture myself making any of these things. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise | 9/21/2012

    " Very funny book, with some crafts included. The expected form of humor from Amy Sedaris. A little racy at times, but as I said, not unusual for Ms. Sedaris, at least in my experience. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 7/30/2012

    " Not as funny as Hospitality Under The Influence but still a hoot! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cicely | 6/26/2012

    " This book is hilarious. Odd photos, folksy corny crafts, "terrible" poems by Gene and Jean Woodchuck, sewing to sex advice, wheee! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 DeAnna Rigney | 10/26/2011

    " Amy Sedaris just kills me. She is wickedly absurd. The crafts, pictures, categories, and everything else in this book make it a hoot. I want to hang out with this woman. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paige Connors | 6/27/2011

    " Amy Sedaris is top-notch. Quite possibly more hilarious than her brother, David. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Keli | 6/21/2011

    " this book was not even worth my time. It had strange crafts that no one would ever make ... I know it was suppossed to be funny but I didn't think it was funny. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Candice | 5/28/2011

    " This book was almost useless as far as actual crafting goes, but it provided infinite amusement. I laughed til I cried. Luckily I had my Green Stamp Kleenex Box (Pg 80). I have to go now.... I'm Crafting For Jesus and Bible Bookends are within my grasp, if I can find some old bricks. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paige | 5/21/2011

    " Amy Sedaris is top-notch. Quite possibly more hilarious than her brother, David. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 5/13/2011

    " What can i say
    The stretching poses alone are worth buying thus book
    Amy -let's be BFFs "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gwen | 5/1/2011

    " i hear you two are witches! Good times!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shelley | 4/23/2011

    " Much funnier than her first book. I don't knowif i will actually make a roach clip from a crab claw, or a deathbed diarama for a dying mouse, but the idea is hilarious.

    First book I've seen on crafts for fornication. Original. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenn | 4/6/2011

    " Irreverent, somewhat crass parody of all of those cheesy "thrifty" crafting books (or blogs!) that are floating around. I found some of it funny, but skipped some sections. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Eileen | 4/3/2011

    " What a waste of good paper. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessi | 4/3/2011

    " Funny, but not as good as the first book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 3/30/2011

    " If you love Amy Sedaris, you'll love this book. It is not simply a craft book, but a smart book full of humor. Very fun read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin | 3/30/2011

    " Arch and sarcastic, funny but biting. Not sure how I feel about it.

    It was good in small doses, but sometimes it was a just a little too over the top. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Courtney | 3/27/2011

    " Funny. Classic Sedaris. Finally my love of cheap crafts and ridiculous humor have come together. Don't think I'll actually be making any of the items from this book, but that's not really the point. Gotta love that there's an entire chapter dedicated to crafting for rabbits. "

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