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Love her or hate her, it’s hard to avoid her. Martha Stewart is today’s reigning expert on all things domestic. She’s the U.S. queen of homemaking how-to and her magazines, books and TV shows are packed with instructions on everything from how to make a Christmas ornament to how to fold a fitted sheet. The world watched in fascination as this woman, who was perfectionism personified, ended up in jail in a stock trading scandal. Now Martha enthusiasts can get inside her head by reading her thoughts, opinions and musings in her own words. Just decide for yourself if editor Bill Adler compiled this collection of pithy, insightful quotes to capitalize on Stewart’s notoriety or to offer new information, depth and insight. Divided into chapters of quotes, Adler’s book faithfully records Martha’s feelings on entertaining, fame, business, the stock scandal, her critics and herself. believes that her devotees might enjoy this inside track to Martha’s view of the world, but the book may not hold the same allure for those outside her fan base. We’re still waiting for the deeper take on Martha, the entrepreneur and business mastermind.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How Martha Stewart made the professional journey from a home-based catering business to a multimedia empire;
  • How she rose to the top of a business category she created; and
  • How she sees herself, in her own words.

About the Author

Bill Adler, president of Bill Adler Books, Inc., is editor of several New York Times bestsellers, including The Uncommon Wisdom of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and The Kennedy Wit. Adler’s literary clients have included Mike Wallace, Dan Rather, President George W. Bush, Larry King and Nancy Reagan.



Modest Beginnings
When the Kostyra family of Nutley, New Jersey, had a baby girl in August 1941, they had no idea that the child they named Martha would grow up to epitomize the idea of simple elegance, creativity and style. Martha Kostyra came from modest beginnings. Her father was a ...

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