Bitter with Baggage Seeks Same : The Life and Times of Some Chickens
37 journalers for this copy...
Hopefully she will do likewise, and secretly send this out to someone she wants to surprise. And on and on and on ....
Mailing out Jan 13th
Why, oh why, can't I think of things this funny and original? I have laughed until I had tears running down my face! I kept trying to pick my favorite--this one---no, this one--no. In the end, I had to decide that Mona was the best one--since that's actually my name. ;-)
The best part was how many were wearing little tiaras!
I loved this book, and I'm off now to find the next surpriseee!
The book has acquired a hitchhiker though. There was this chick hanging around my house, and when she heard the book was traveling, she demanded that I allow her to join it. She said something about being sick and tired of being stuck way out here on this stupid farm. sigh--kids! I tried to explain that the book was not traveling with first class accomodations, but she insisted, and I finally gave in to her. I don't think she will be much trouble, I insisted that she travel light.
Thank you for sharing this with me, Greedyreader.
TexasWren, you are such a sweetie! This book is so quirky and funny - I laughed all the way through it! (When I wasn't scratching my head and saying "huh??" ;-)
And thank you for the little chick and button! We have a button collection, and I've added the "Girls Rule!" to it. (My son says "hmph!!" lol)
When I send the book on, I'll send the little chick with it - but for now, she is looking down at me from the computer.
Thank you so much, TexasWren - you really made me smile!
- oops! I just read all the journal entries - I was so excited, I just wanted to register the book quickly! Now it's even MORE fun! A secret bookray! What an excellent idea! And now I get to choose who gets it next...oh, my, this WILL be fun!
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Looking forward to spreading the smiles and surprise!
She has a great sense of humor, and she really loves life. I think she'll get a kick out of this wonderfully odd book!
And, TexasWren, a certain little bird whispered to me that she would love to travel to a beautiful island...I think she might even be up for some fun in the waves!
And thank you SO much, Texaswren, for thinking of me, and Greedyreader for a truly inspired idea! :-)
I'll be mailing the package off tomorrow.
This book has hardly been out of anyone's hands since we opened it this afternoon. Both kids have laughed their way through it, and I brought it backstage to our community theater production of Neil Simon's "Last of the Red Hot Lovers. I play Jeanette, the most depressed woman in the world. It was pretty hard staying in character looking at these hilarious chick flicks.
April 13, 2004 - Both the book and chick had a wonderful visit here over Easter! I loaned the book to aunt, who had a real kick reading it. We kept trying to decide which was our favorite. Oh, and rainbowbabe, the magnetic Nancy Drew postcard is perfect! It's right next to my desk as I type. Back in the second grade, I discovered her and I made it my mission to read all the Nancy Drews then in print. I even resorted to reading by flashlight under the covers at night, and I'm sure that's why I wear glasses now!
Anyway, I was trying to think who to send this secret bookray off to next, because I have (make that HAD) the habit of deleting people's addresses once I mail them things. So, I didn't have a big list to choose from, while still keeping it secret. Then, through serendipity, cobaltcat sent me her address and I knew she was the perfect person to whom to send a secret book. We've got similar tastes as we often are in the same order in the same rings. So, cobaltcat, I hope you enjoy this little gem (while waiting for "An Italian in Britain")!
I laughed and laughed at this book and I think I've read it every evening when I get into bed. I'm completely unable to determine which is my favorite, although I'm leaning towards Coco. Every page was absolutely hysterical! EAch time I look I see a little more detail. I also found it great fun to look at the jacket photos to see how the scenes were actually set up. The hard part has been to keep the cats away from the little chick that came with the book.
I do have a short list of people I have thought about sending this lovely book to.....I think I'll send it off next week.
Thanks so much juliebarreto for sending me the surprise, and for greedyreader for starting it in the first place.
Just thumbing through - I'm already laughing at the right-on captions with the incongruous little chicks. What a creative, fun book - and what a delicious little surprise bookray!
Thanks everyone before me!
I'm sending this as a surprise to fsr44 - appreciating her thoughtfulness in sending me The Birth of Venus - remembering our love of Italy and things Italian!
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
Sending to whokyles in the hope that she laughs as hard at this surprise ray as I did!
Picture three of the fuzzy little chicks. Picture them in a room with a little fuzzy chick sized bunk bed a basketball, a Yankees cap, book bags and other things you'd expect to find in a boy's room scattered about. One chick is sitting on a larger chick's lap. The other stands by with its beak gaping. The caption underneath this sweet little scene reads: "At seven, many thought the twins were to old to be breast-feeding. But Mama loved her boys."
Yes, I had to re-read it a few times myself.
When I think of the work that went into creating the pictures, the careful placement of the chickens, the making the sets and props, I laugh even harder.
A secret bookray, eh? Mwahahaaa!
Thanks, whokyles, for brightening my day by sharing your twisted sense of humor with me.
OOOooooh! I just found out this is a *secret* bookray. I can't wait to pick a chick to send this on to! And what can I add to the package to really personalize it. Hmmmm, off to think. >:)
I sent this hilarious book to ottawabill. Although I don't know him well, his name kept insistently flashing in my mind whenever I was considering the next BXer to send it to. I usually listen to my inner voices and hunches so I mailed it out to him, today. Enjoy ottawabill; I know I did! :) :)
I will start going through the book tonight..a quick glance assurred me you were quite right in your instincts Spedbug..this is exactly the kind of book I would have bought myself ! thank you choosing me and for the state chicken magnet as well as the absolutely divine calligraphy...the postcard is definitely a keeper and the mailing envelope may get framed ! What talent ! What generosity.
I'll make some comments about the book when I've read it and am ready to pass it along...i think I already know where it is going next ...but I will have to find something chicken-ish to go with it !
Anyway, back to the chickens... just who is Dr Obispo!? Heavens - I've just seen the one entitled "The prince's perverse fantasies were beginning to take their toll on Cinderella...". I'm sure that's barely legal, isn't it?
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WILD RELEASE NOTES:
On its way to Aus, to a deserving lady!
Thank you, Flambard, for making a very gloomy day suddenly bright.
I have not laughed so hard in so long. This book came at just the most perfect time! I recieved it the day before I left for Japan, so i didn't really have enough time to give it the attention it deserved. However, the other night (as I and a number of my fellow corsters were enjoying come vodka, sake and smoked eel) i brought out the book. We laughed and laughed! It was just so silly!
Anyway, the timing is also goo as it shall now be able to make its way over to the UK were there is someone who I think will appreciate it nearly as much as i did - and going in the company of a few timtams and other Australian sweets.
"Marshall, Will and Holly quickly realised there was nothing routine about this expedition" ;o)
Thanks for sharing, Minxy, even though you wouldn't let us snaffle the book at the meet yesterday! It was a good giggle, though some of the sets are actually rather worrying!
My fave one was "Bridgets all over body wax" LMAO!!!!
Thanx for sharing it Minxy....you have *got* to go and get a little chick to go round with it lol
I have never even heard of a secret bookray, let alone be part of one. Thank you so so much, Sam. I love this book. It's absolutely brilliant!! I've read it through already and laughed out loud on more than one occasion. I think I'm going to re-read and savour it a little more before sending it on its continuing travels.
The question is ... WHO NEXT? (Dum Dum Duuuuuuuuum ... )
I love this book so much. I'm sending it on its way, however, to someone I think will appreciate it as much as I do!
Have sent this on to someone who needs a laugh even more than I do!
So, my favourite picture, oh so hard to choose... it has to be
Picture one chick lying face down on a massage table with another on her back massaging, meanwhile small chick on her back on the floor gazing up into her mother's face.
"Coco felt her mother's weekly massage was a fantastic opportunity to catch up on quality time."
I will have to read over again and then decide who will benefit from this wondrous creation next.
Oh my favorite? the C-section bit on the second page oh it made me chuckle!!
Right off now to work out who to secret squirrel it to!!!
It took me a while to work out just whooo had sent this. Thank you sooo much witchy pooooo!
I'd made the crass assumption that it had been glitterlover on a low glitter day - there being just a tinsiest smatter of sparkly and three stars tucked inside. But I wuz wrong! thanks for the titter, witchy!
My favourite pic? Besides the stack of little boxes inside the front and back covers? Gotta be Caitlin. That chick was just sooo confident - but "not only was she not the most beautiful girl in the room, she wasn't even PINK".
You just gotta laugh - or you'd cry.
I also seriously identified with the forty+ yr old fellas living it up some. go chicks go!
I sat down and read this just as quick as I could whip the cover off. Now I've got to go back and savour the detail. I've learned who Dr Obispo was (see illustration) -
mmm. who next?
I know just the person.
My favourite is the Anastasia and the Frog, and BC-Widow liked the one where they are driving into KENTUCKY.
I will think about who to send it to. As TutleyMutley gave it to me wrapped beautifully on my birthday I do know a bookcrosser with a January birthday who might be the perfect recipient!
Update - It was pointed out to me that I passed this book on during Bird/Feather week on the Never Judge a Book by It's Cover Challenge - Week 2 - Bird/Feathers.
Anyway, OH wants to read this too so we'll keep it a week or so and then find another worthy recipient...
Thank you weebly!!!
I'm afraid my favourite was the one where the cat has "been" in the sandpit - what that says about me, who knows.
So inventive and clever, too!
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
Passing to someone special tomorrow.... shhhhh... wonder who...
My favourite ones in the book were:
Mary Katherine blamed it on Mary Margaret.... (the nuns one)
The chicken and the egg one
"For the love of God stop calling me Tweety - the name's Nigel"
This will be travelling again this week.
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
What an exciting thing! I'd never heard of a secret bookray before, and it is such a lovely idea. Fascinating to see all the hands it has been through.
It's a really funny book. I'm already thinking of where it will go next, but not until I've read it several more times.
Thanks, Ali, for giving me this extra birthday surprise.
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
This lovely book is now going oop north to an appreciative audience of kittens.
The postie knocked with it at - well I'm not going to say what time because I was still in my pyjamas and I don't wish to incriminate myself.
I've already had a good giggle over my coffee, but I'll do a proper write up later, before passing it on to, well, we shall see!
Ah, I know, somewhere where more paws and claws will appreciate it...
Great fun. My favourite has to be Coco and Nipsey, and the Tosclets agree with me!
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
On its way to another Bookcrosser who isn''t expecting it
The book arrived on Friday, after I had left to go and spend a couple of days helping my Mum to celebrate her 90th birthday. It was only when I arrived there that I discovered I'd left my suitcase at home:-( So back we come and not only am I able to switch of the immersion heater I'd left on, but also found this little package on my doormat.
Of course, no time to appreciate it then, and I've only just got home and thought I ought to make a JE right away, but I haven't had a chance to do more than glance at it yet. I know I am going to love it! I plan to settle down with Fang, Flint (cats) and HonoraryBCDog and we'll all giggle together.
I will also love the Kendal Mint Cake! Thank you so much for that Swan - I adore the stuff and get few chances to indulge my passion these days.
It was an even hard job deciding who to send it on to next. Many of the people I thought I'd like to surprise had already been on this Ray! In the end I decided to pick a name from those listing it on their Wishlists at Cliff's, someone who was also registered (and addressed) at RABCK.com. Finally, I settled on ... wait and see! ... because I've sent many more books to the US than I have to Canada!
Enjoy your surprise!
From the front cover:
BITTER WITH BAGGAGE SEEKS SAME
THE LIFE AND TIMES OF SOME CHICKENS
From the dust jacket flap:
With more personality than most people have to spare, New York artist SLOANE TANEN's tiny yellow chickens offer a crash course in navigating the tricky modern world.
Whether adhering to fad diets or braving three-headed blind dates, perusing the personal ads or winning playground popularity battles, enduring annoyingly crowded yoga classes or surviving beauty treatments gone terribly awry, these petite sophisticates are hunting (and pecking) for love and happiness in all the wrong places. Despite the frustrating obstacles of real life, they manage to hold fast to their dreams of rock stardom, Hollywood success, and supermodel celebrity, and find that occasionally, even a chicken's fairy-tale wish can come true.
Charming, witty, and somehow larger than life, these chickens will win your heart.
SLOANE TANEN's work has been exhibited in a number of shows and can be found in private and corporate collections in Manhattan, Boston, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. She received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and holds graduate degrees in literary theory from NYU and in art history from Columbia University. She lives with her husband in New York City.
All in all, it brought much happiness to me and mine. Thanks so much to all who've come before for sharing! Also exciting: this is now the most-journaled book on my shelf! And I know just who to send it to next... one of the sweetest bookcrossers I've ever exchanged books with, AND she's wishing for it, AND I happen to have her address on hand! Hope she enjoys it as much as I have...
Edited Thursday, 29 November 2007: Mailed today to...?
Anyway, I had a very busy weekend and a terrible day so I'm going to put this book aside until I can enjoy it tonight after work, with a nice glass of wine perhaps, and cheer myself up. I'm sure I'll want to hold on to it for a short while so I can read it several times.
Then I will send it off to one of my wonderful bookcrossing friends so we can keep this secret ray going, and going, and going...
Thanks for my lovely surprise Holly.
Thanks for sharing this adorable little book.
Sending off to bookcrossing friend in NC. I hope you enjoy this little book as much as I did.
CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:
This book has been held up here long enough. Sending this along to candieb with a contest book she won at Breeni Books. Enjoy!
Super cute! I read it real quick and am going to take it to a bookcrossing meeting here in Austin this Spring.
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
Bringing to the meetup tonight. If no one wants it, I'll leave it on the shelf
So very cute, I couldn't pick just one favorite so I have two. I loved that some people indicated their favorites with post-it-notes, it was awesome to see which chickens appealed to which people.
This will now be travelling on to another BCer who I think might appreciate it :)
Whilst I type this JE Sunlightbobo is gigging over the pics..don't think she understand the irony quite yet. Not sure where this will go next..probably to the Chester meet up!