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Gotham Gossipist: Growing Up With Martha Stewart Not Picture Perfect, Daughter Writes

Martha Stewart and daughter Alexis Stewart (credit: Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Sirius XM)

Martha Stewart and daughter Alexis Stewart (credit: Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Sirius XM)

By Kimberly Rae Miller

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Hell hath no fury like the daughter of a domestic diva, scorned.

Alexis Stewart, the  46-year-old daughter of Martha Stewart, has some not-too-flattering things to say about her iconic mother in her new book, Whateverland: Learning to Live Here (co-authored with Jennifer Koppelman Hutt).

“If I didn’t do something perfectly, I had to do it again,” daughter Stewart wrote in her tell-all tale of being mothered by Martha. “I grew up with a glue gun pointed at my head.”

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According to excerpts acquired by the U.K.’s Daily Mail, holidays in the Stewart home weren’t quite as festive as they appear on her mother’s New York-based talk show.

“Martha was not interested in being kid friendly,” Alexis writes. “She used to make me wrap my own presents. She would hand me things right before Christmas and say, ‘Now wrap these but don’t look inside.'”

And for Halloween, Martha always has fun tips for the kids – just not her own.

“There were no costumes. There was no anything. We turned off all the lights and pretended we weren’t home.”

How did Martha react to all this?  Pretty well, she even contributed passages to her daughter’s book.

“She’s her own person,” Martha wrote of Alexis. “She makes up her own mind. I sometimes try to offer advice, but if it’s not taken, so be it. She really did pay attention. She really does know how to do everything. And still she chooses not to follow in my footsteps.”

So there you have it. Alexis says her mommy is mean, Martha says her daughter could try a bit harder. Sounds like just about every other family.

Kimberly Rae Miller is a writer, actress, and host living in New York City (kimberlyraemiller.com).