By Jessica Shaw
Updated October 18, 2006 at 04:00 AM EDT

To fully appreciate the genius of Amy Sedaris’ hilarious guide to the domestic arts, I Like You, you need a taste of her hospitality wisdom. On composing the invite list: ”If the party is going to be made up of mostly young pretty girls, then you might want to invite some old men. Nothing makes them feel more alive.” On guest etiquette: ”Never try to out dress the hostess unless you are the guest of honor, or a transvestite.” Add in a slew of (non-joke) recipes and some curiously handy tricks with panty hose, and you’ve got one hell of a how-to. Or the best hostess gift on the planet.

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