By DWIGHT GARNER
Published: August 26, 2007
WHY IS EVERYONE NAKED, MOTHER? Pat Montandon’s new memoir, “Oh the Hell of It All,” is a response of sorts to her son Sean Wilsey’s memoir, “Oh the Glory of It All,” which made the hardcover list for three weeks in 2005. Montandon’s book definitely isn’t her first. In 1968 she published a chic and sunny primer called “How to Be a Party Girl.” Poking around in that earlier book does give you a sense of what it must have been like to be Sean Wilsey. Chapter Five is titled “Why Is Everyone Naked, Mother?” The answer: “Shh, darling, this is a Garden of Eden Party. You’ll understand when you’re a little older. Run along, now.”
Montandon’s book also includes this helpful advice: “Suppose you read in the newspaper one morning that a rarely seen comet is approaching Earth, and will be visible on a certain evening a few weeks off. Do you yawn and go on to the stock market reports and the obituaries? Not if you’re a Party Girl. You telephone the City Fathers ... and you ask them if they would like to lend you the Planetarium, for a Comet-Viewing Party.”
When Playboy asked Montandon to pose for a centerfold, she declined: “Experts in the entertainment field tell me there’s such a thing as overexposure, and I certainly wouldn’t want to be a bore.” Alex Kuczynski reviews the new book this week.
Causes Pat Montandon Supports
PETA, Women for Women, Amnesty International, Children as the Peacemakers, Peace to The Planet