The daughter of a famously overachieving TV personality is publishing a book that describes what it was like to grow up as the only child of TV host, magazine publisher and beyond-perfect homemaker Martha Stewart, reports the U.K.’s Mail Online.
‘If I didn’t do something perfectly, I had to do it again. … I grew up with a glue gun pointed at my head," Stewart’s daughter Alexis writes in the book, "Whateverland: Learning to Live Here."
She writes that her mother, now 70, wasn’t maternal and had an unromantic approach to holidays such as Christmas and Halloween, the piece says. “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,’" Alexis, 46, writes.
Martha Stewart also didn’t allow Halloween costumes, the story says, with Alexis writing that they would turn off the lights and pretend they weren’t home.
Oddly, Stewart — who came to fame through her books on cooking and entertainment — never had food in her refrigerator, Alexis Stewart writes. "There was never anything to eat at my house. Other people had food. I had no food. … There were ingredients but no prepared food of any kind," she wrote, the story says.