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If Martha Stewart is at all upset by the way she's portrayed in her daughter Alexis Stewart's new book, Whateverland: Learning to Live Here, she certainly isn't showing it.
Excerpts of the book -- which will be released Oct. 18, is cowritten by Jennifer Koppleman Hutt and is described as a "comical guide for those who hate how-to manuals" -- had the Internet buzzing on Monday, thanks to some seriously hilarious potshots at Martha's parenting practices. But on Tuesday's The Martha Stewart Show, the 70-year-old domestic diva had nothing but praise for the tome and her daughter -- and even insisted that she's in on the joke.
"I got an advance copy and actually read the book about a month, month and a half ago," she revealed. "It's all about growing up -- fabulous pictures, by the way. And it is hilarious and enlightening. It's irreverent and lots of fun. Making fun of good things is a good idea."
That, presumably, includes Alexis making fun of her mom. But Martha is quick to point out that readers shouldn't consider the book a piece of nonfiction.
"It's not an autobiography, let's get that straight right now," she said.
In fact, Martha said that her 46-year-old daughter sent her an email Tuesday with quotes from an as-yet-unpublished interview with US Weekly clarifying some of the book's Martha-bashing passages.
"Obviously what I said is an exaggeration of the truth," Martha quoted Alexis as saying.
Case in point: the already infamous "glue gun" comment. Alexis had written, "If I didn't do something perfectly, I had to do it again. I grew up with a glue gun pointed at my head."
"There were not any glue guns," Martha laughed. "She was twentysomething when I first started working with glue guns."
Stewart also said that Alexis clarified her statement about not dressing up for Halloween and instead turning off the lights to pretend that no one was home. "OK, I left out the years when my mother made me costumes on the sewing machine or let me wear my grandmother's fabulous costume jewelry when I was very young and I was a gypsy for Halloween," Martha quotes her daughter as saying in the interview. "It was kind of fun pretending no one was at home; no one else did that or would admit they did it, and I still do it to this day."
Still, now it seems like an even better idea that Alexis prefaced her book by saying, "Thanks in advance to my mother for not getting angry about anything written in this book."
Martha seems to have taken that to heart, and has nothing but wonderful things to say about her daughter. "I must have instilled in her some good habits," she said on her show. "She's tall, beautiful, gorgeous and the mother of baby Jude -- and that's what counts."