Thursday, April 29, 2010

My Favorite Reads: Bitter with Baggage Seeks Same by Sloane Tanen

My Favorite Reads
Each week I am featuring one of my favorite reads from the past.

April is National Humor Month!
Bitter with Baggage Seeks Same by Sloane Tanen
Summary (from the publisher):
Chickens show off their human side in Sloane Tanen's irresistible dioramas.

With more personality than most people have to spare, New York artist Sloane Tanen's tiny yellow chickens negotiate the tricky modern world, filled with three-headed blind dates, menacing KFCs, playground popularity battles, and annoyingly crowded yoga classes. They perch amid doll furniture, in scenes photographed in glorious color and brilliantly captioned- and their lives will strike you as strangely familiar...

Charming, spiky with off-kilter wit (or waxing jobs gone terribly wrong), and somehow larger than life, these chickens win the hearts of all who behold them.

Why I chose this book:
Not everyone enjoys this humor, but I find Sloane Tanen's chicken dioramas to be laugh-out-loud hilarious. Disturbed? Sure. Sick? Occasionally. Funny? You bet your bippy! Here are some examples:

Anastasia was through making out with Ian. He was never going to change.

Samantha looked around the playground in amazement. Her mother had been right. She really was the smartest and the prettiest.
Maude was peeved. Her 3:30 yoga class was full again. Didn't anybody work in this town?

This above postcard is just to the left of my computer in my cubicle. I find this book (and the sequels) just crazy-funny. To the point where other people in the same room start to worry for my mental health when I am reading them. Be careful if this happens to you. Back away softly, or I will buttonhole you and start reading them aloud to you.
Super random trivia: the author's father Ned Tanen used to be head of Paramount Studios. The girlfriend in Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Sloane, is named for her.


Alyce said...

I love the random trivia. The chicks are pretty funny! It kind of reminds me of the bunny suicides, but less disturbing. You should have seen my husband and I cackling in the bookstore the first time we flipped through the bunny book. We do enjoy odd humor. We didn't buy the bunny book because we have young kids, but in college it would have been an immediate purchase. I'm sure this one would have too. :)

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

This sounds like something I'd like. Thanks for sharing!

Here's mine, not funny at all:


Carin Siegfried said...

Alyce, there are MUCH more disturbing dioramas in the book than the ones I posted. BUT she has also made them into children's books (without the really disturbing factor) so funnily, you are very much on the same page as the author.

Gilion at Rose City Reader said...

Those chickens are hilarious.

avisannschild said...

Love these chick pics, although I'm a bit worried about the much more disturbing ones you mentioned in your comment to Alyce. I'm not very good with disturbing.

Carin Siegfried said...

Then you should probably avoid the nuns with whips! But seriously, the children's books use the same exact style but are 100% just adorable, nothing even ironic or snarky, let alone worrisome or sick. Personally, I like that occasionally, but luckily not everyone is like me! :)

nomadreader said...

I should have realized this was a book! I picked up a set of note cards with four of these and love them. Now I can give the book with the cards. Thanks!

Carin Siegfried said...

Nomadreader, there are actually several books! Not just the children's ones I mentioned in earlier comments, but thre are 3-4 adult books, so do look around.

Kelly said...

This looks like a really cute, funny read :D