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A La Cart [Hardcover]

By Hillary Carlip & Barbara Green (Photographer)
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Provides a collection of humorous photographs and stories depicting the lives of people shopping in a grocery store.

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A comic original in the tradition of Tracey ullman and lily Tomlin—with cindy Sherman's eye— Hillary carlip creates america's most unforgettable grocery shoppers.

It's happened to all of us—we find, tucked away in the corner of our shopping cart, someone's discarded grocery list. It first happened to Hillary Carlip when she was a teenager, and she's been wondering to whom the lists belonged ever since. Who's the person buying “Leche, Panpers, and Chanpu”? Or “Whole milk, heavy cream, Ice cream, cheese, and Gas-Ex (!!!)”? Why would someone need to write down “Coors and Oreos” on a matchbook cover—couldn't he just remember those two items? And what's the person like who scrawled their list on a PROZAC notepad?

Taking her clues from the items listed, the types of  paper written on, the handwriting, and even misspellings (“Aunt Spray”), Hillary saw that each list—at once mundane and personal—offered an intimate peek into a complete stranger's life. She picked twenty-six lists and imagined who the shoppers might be. She next transformed herself into all twenty-six people, one by one, literally stepping into each character—all ages, genders, and ethnicities—with hair, make-up, outfits, and one Fu Manchu. Photographer Barbara Green then captured unforgettable images of Hillary portraying these shoppers at their neighborhood markets. Hillary came to love these characters, so her accompanying stories for each are as poignant and hilarious as the photographs. She brings to life richly imagined inner worlds, including one for macho Woody,  a self-described “Lady's Man with NO BANKRUPTCIES  ready to meet just one Special Lady with NO KIDS.” After getting to know these grocery shoppers through Miss Carlip's dedicated voyeurism, going to the market  will never be the same.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   188
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 8.5" Height: 8.25"
Weight:   1.4 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Mar 9, 2010
Publisher   Virgin Books
ISBN  1905264178  
ISBN13  9781905264179  

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More About Hillary Carlip & Barbara Green

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Hillary Carlip, author of Girl Power, has written commentaries for NPR, and is a performer and artist. She is the creator of the acclaimed personal essay Web site, and she lives in Los Angeles.

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Wonderful glimpse of the secret world of shopping lists...  Aug 9, 2008
This is the kind of quirky photography book/social anthropology book I really like. Hillary Carlip collects shopping list, not something I would have thought inherently diverse or interesting, but you can see the personalities of the authors spilling out, even through something as trivial as paper choice.

Then Ms Carlip has made up stories about the lists, creating characters, then she dressed up as the characters and got herself photographed. So only the lists are real, but everything is quirky and interesting. A good book to have in the bathroom (and I mean that in a highly complimentary way!)
Put this in your cart!  May 27, 2008
This book is better than double-coupons! Hillary Carlip has created such vivid and charming characters from her found shopping lists that I found myself wanting to revisit them over and over.
Amazing!  May 21, 2008
Funny, artistically pleasing, creative, clever. Bravo Hillary, you've won Amy Sedaris' praise and ours! Made my neighbors, my hubby, and myself laugh our butts off!
THE book of the year!!!!   Apr 28, 2008
OMG! Run, click, crawl, whatever it takes and BUY this book! Hillary has outdone herself and exceeded her hilarious "Queen of the Oddballs" book. I've read this a couple of times now and keep getting drawn back to these INCREDIBLE characters she has created from mere found grocery lists. Each character is so well drawn out that you feel like you're getting an actualy slice of their lives on each page. I've laughed, cried and been utterly amazed at this collection of personalities. I know what everyone on my list is getting for birthdays, Hanukkah, Christmas...heck, even for Flag Day!! Thank you Hillary for sharing your absolute comedic genius with us.
Unique, amazing, and flat out hilarious  Apr 24, 2008
I've never seen a book like this before. The concept is pure genius, and the execution is nothing short of fascinating. I find myself pulling this book off the shelf again and again to stare at the photographs in amazement, and in reading the descriptions, I feel as if I know all these people!

Hillary has been collecting shopping lists for a lifetime. Now, that collection is expressed in a series of hilarious essays (and most of the lists are funny all by themselves!) But for me the photographs are the true wonder of this book: they're astounding, nearly unbelievable.

A great book as a gift (Mother's Day!) and to pass around at a party. You need to buy this book!

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