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by Hillary Carlip

  • ISBN: 1905264178
  • Category: Humor
  • Author: Hillary Carlip
  • Subcategory: Humor
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Virgin Books (March 1, 2008)
  • Pages: 128 pages
  • FB2 size: 1320 kb
  • EPUB size: 1381 kb
  • Rating: 4.5
  • Votes: 383
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The endlessly creative Hillary Carlip has outdone herself with A La Cart Before I could even open my new copy of Hillary Carlip's, A La Cart, my 18 year-old daughter snatched it away and read it cover to cover.

The endlessly creative Hillary Carlip has outdone herself with A La Cart. Before I could even open my new copy of Hillary Carlip's, A La Cart, my 18 year-old daughter snatched it away and read it cover to cover. When I finally got it back, she hung over my shoulder as I read, laughing again at each character and their grocery list.

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Hillary Carlip’s fourth book, A la Cart: The Secret Lives of Grocery Shoppers (Virgin Books, March 2008) has been met with critical acclaim. Hillary's first book, Girl Power: Young Women Speak Out (Warner Books), landed her on Oprah with an entire episode dedicated to the book.

Comedienne Hilary Carlip collects abandoned grocery lists, and here she's compiled a group of them and dreamed up. .

Comedienne Hilary Carlip collects abandoned grocery lists, and here she's compiled a group of them and dreamed up the characters who might have written them. Carlip has written a backstory for each of the characters and she's dressed up as each of them. And, shockingly perhaps, her impersonations are quite convincing. A comic original in the tradition of Tracey Ullman and Lily Tomlin-with Cindy Sherman's eye-Hillary Carlip transforms herself into 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.

A comic original in the tradition of Tracey Ullman and Lily Tomlin-with Cindy Sherman's eye-Hillary Carlip transforms herself into America's most unforgettable grocery shoppers.

Her fourth book, A'la Cart: The Secret Lives of Grocery Shoppers (Virgin Books), received raves including a.A La Cart:The Secret Lives of Grocery Shoppers (2008). Find Me I’m Yours (RosettaBooks, November 2014).

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A comic original in the tradition of Tracey Ullman and Lily Tomlin—with Cindy Sherman's eye—Hillary Carlip transforms herself into 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. Who's the person buying "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 chose 26 lists and imagined who the shoppers might be. She then transformed herself into all 26 people, one by one, literally stepping into each character—all ages, genders, and ethnicities—with hair, makeup, 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 supermarket will never be the same.
Reviews about À la Cart: The Secret Lives of Grocery Shoppers (7):
Nirn
Before I could even open my new copy of Hillary Carlip's , A La Cart, my 18 year-old daughter snatched it away and read it cover to cover. When I finally got it back, she hung over my shoulder as I read, laughing again at each character and their grocery list. The premise; make up characters based on their discarded grocery list and then have clever photographer shoot you playing all the characters.

One reason she likes it so much is because we've always played what we call "airport people." When we wait for our flight, we take turns making up bios about the people waiting around us.
We also grab left over grocery store lists from the bottom of random carts. We've just never put the two together. But we will now.

Her favorites: Darcy, the punker who grew up listening to The Dead Kennedy's and wants to be a comic book author.
Derrick, who listed, Mouse Traps, cheese and mouse on his post it note. Ooh,,the goth guy.
My fave: Lloyd, hunched over in his motorized wheelchair, trying to adjust to wife Sylvia's death and Woody who wrote: Coors and oreos on the inside of box of matches. Love THAT!
The photographer, Barbara Green, does an amazing job with each shot. Woody made the front cover with his package of Oreos. .

It's a fun, lively book, great gift for,,anyone, even jaded teenagers like mine.

I just wonder what Carlip would create from MY grocery list this week: Beer, bagels, bread, bacon and brownie mix.

My to do list: Get the Oddball book next.
Malalrajas
The endlessly creative Hillary Carlip has outdone herself with A La Cart. When I first heard about this book, I assumed that she was showcasing her own grocery shopping lists, and while that might have been interesting (and she is a subject here too), what she's come up with is a performance art project with sociological meaning that will make you look differently at every grocery store visit from here on out.

Using only an abandoned grocery store shopping list, some very short, some more elaborate, and some not even in English, Carlip transforms herself into the person (male or female) she imagines to own that list, expounding upon that person's backstory. This is a must-read for any budding fiction writer; her ability to create characters with the merest scrap of information is brilliant.

But she goes one giant step further and with the help of a makeup artist transforms her own face and body into people of varied ethnic and racial backgrounds, not to mention men, showing an attention to detail and a creativity that is unrivaled. If they didn't know in advance, I doubt most readers would be able to pick out that Carlip is the one being photographed in each and every shot. It's her ability to get into the heads of these characters, to take something universal--food--and turn it into something magically individual. This is so much more than a coffee table book. I've given it to friends and relatives who've delighted in its playfulness just as I have. I can't wait to see what Carlip cooks up next.
Akinozuru
This book is totally awesome! The imagination and humor combined made for great fun! I read it with my friend, which was a blast! Some of the stories are more laugh out loud funny than others, and you probably couldn't read the book very many times, since you would already know the jokes. Great for a coffee table book, or even for a waiting area or lounge. Somewhere that it could be enjoyed by many different people. Plus, each page is a new little story, so they wouldn't need to read the whole thing to get the humor out of it.
Totally memorable, totally fresh, totally funny!
Akir
Ever since first reading Hillary Carlip's previous book, Queen of the Oddballs, I've lamented the fact that I haven't been able to see her performance art. Well, a la Cart is the next best thing. Easy to read and hard to put down, this book cracked me up from beginning to end. Although hard pressed to pick a favorite, I will say that I love Jet and think I need to start seeing Dr. Bloom. I can't get over the fact that Tuyen, Lloyd and Millie are the same person underneath it all! I'll never look at a shopping list the same way again!
virus
I was intrigued by the title of this book based on celebrity shopping lists. What a unique idea! But I was disappointed, half of the people she wrote about I only had a vague idea who they were. I must say, she did quite an excellent "portraying" the stars, that obviously was a lot of work. But I grew uniterested and bored after reading the first three characters. I stopped reading and returned the book, that's how much I disliked it.

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