Publisher: Bloomsbury USA, 2011
Genre: Non-Fiction, Humor
Where I Got It: LibraryThing Early Reviewer Program
Why I Read It: The cover just looked so funny. Plus I used to work with someone who was a huge Roz Chast fan and I always meant to check out her stuff.
My Rating: 4 stars (it loses a half-star for not being longer!! I wanted more!)
Roz Chast has been creating cartoons for the New Yorker since 1978. Right there, you know you’ll get a combination of funny and smart. The book is exactly what the title says it is: a list of things that Roz Chast hates from A to Z. Each letter gets two pages. On the left side is some text (usually very short) describing exactly why Chast hates a particular thing. On the right side is a full-page drawing that illustrates the reasons further. Both the text and the drawings complement each other beautifully; I wouldn’t have wanted one without the other. Perhaps the best way to appreciate the book is with some examples.
Accompanying Text: Most tunnels were built before there were even computers. And there's all that water on top of them. But there you are, in your car, pretending you're just driving down any road, no problem.
Accompanying Text: If I'm in a restaurant or a theater, and the lights start dimming, my first thought is I am going blind.
This book is simultaneously hilarious and terrifying. As I read, I found that Roz Chast’s fears were slowly becoming my own fears. “Hmmm,” I’d think to myself, “I never really thought about tunnels in that way before.” And I confess to thinking the exact same thing she does when the lights dim in the theater. And, thanks to this book, I now view balloons as nothing more than “imminent explosions.”
My only complaint is that the book is far too short. I’m positive that someone as anxious as Roz Chast could have done a dictionary and had multiple entries for each letter. The book was over far too soon. I definitely plan on checking out other Roz Chast books.
Roz Chast fans, readers looking for a mix of funny and terrifying. However, it is NOT recommended for people with anxiety issues or hypochondria; nothing good would come of that. HAHA!
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