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Milk Eggs Vodka: Grocery Lists Lost and Found Hardcover – April 24, 2007

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"The Grocery List Collection is compulsive reading." -- The New York Times, 2007

"a unique voyeuristic delight" -- ESPN Radio, 2007

"hilarious" -- mental_floss, 2007

"jaw dropping, mercilessly snarky" -- The Tampa Tribune, 2007

"laugh-out-loud pleasure" -- BookPage, 2007

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FROM THE AUTHOR
"These found grocery lists are rare specimens. I have a collection from around the world that numbers in the thousands, but it has taken years of hunting and gathering. People are very protective of their grocery lists. I call it selective littering. Seems most folks would sooner dump their car ashtray in the grocery's parking lot or toss a week's worth of soda cans and fast food bags on the ground outside the store (and they do) rather than leave their list in a shopping card. It's because grocery lists are supposed to be private. Never mind that all of us have to go through the checkout in public. Our lists are supposed to be private, and that's why it's so enjoyable to look through them -- unless one of the lists happen to be yours."

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: HOW Books; 1St Edition edition (April 24, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581809417
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581809411
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,235,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Focused, yet easily distracted. A complete archive of projects can be found here: http://www.keaggy.com

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By R S Cobblestone VINE VOICE on May 23, 2007
Format: Hardcover
How often do you drop your used shopping lists into the shredder? I would expect you would reply, "Never". And because of this, Milk Eggs Vodka: Grocery Lists Lost and Found, by Bill Keaggy, was born.

I was just walking by a bookshelf when my eyes lingered for an extra second on this book. I think my first impression was that it was a cookbook by some over-the-hill rock stars... I mean, milk, eggs, and vodka? But where was the subtitle, "Meatloaf's/Pink Floyd's/Grand Funk's roadie cookbook."

Then I caught the real subtitle: "Grocery Lists Lost and Found."

It was intriguing enough that I picked it up off the shelf.

This was a really entertaining collection of real shopping lists, with the wrinkles and creases, the torn edges, the use of scrap paper, the misspellings, and America's diet (there is a reason obesity rates are on the rise) all laid out in their glory.

There is enough of a collection that at least one of these discarded lists will look familiar.

Is it yours?

Fine literature these lists, and this book, are not. However, the collection was interesting to peruse, and I'll bet this would be a great icebreaker at a party (take turns trying to read the lists on each page... "hookers and blow"?). This book would also be a great present for that friend or family member with that good sense of humor.

Now that I've read Milk Eggs Vodka, I suspect I will pay a bit closer attention to what I write down on that scrap of newspaper. After all, Bill Keaggy may be the next person to use my grocery cart.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer A. Wickes on November 1, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Bill Keagy shares his love of the unusual, your discard shopping list. At his website and his book, Milk Eggs Vodka, we get to see what some people are shopping for, as well as Keagy's humorous commentary. It is completely amazing to see the misspellings and how our own shopping list can be seen as a source of amusement for others. This book is funny and irreverent and worth taking a peek.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Redjameskidd on November 13, 2012
Format: Paperback
I vividly remember the first time I picked up "Milk, Eggs, Vodka" and started leafing through it in a bookstore cafe. I remember because I ultimately had to put it back on the rack. My laughter was disturbing the people around me.

"Found grocery lists" is a tough concept to sell to someone who has never read anything like this, but you'll just have to take my word for it that this is one of the funniest books I've ever read, and those I've shown it to agree with that assessment. It is incredible how the lists can sum up our basic traits and draw portraits of our lives from just a few items. Keaggy's commentary is droll and incisive and admittedly snarky as hell. You can tell, however, that it's driven by a love for attempting to understand a little bit more about the people who we see walking around us every day in a public place like the supermarket.

I now leave grocery lists behind in my shopping cart when I go for groceries, because of this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Darcy-Mark Verg on July 29, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book had me laughing so hard in the bookstore I just had to buy it. The lists themselves are great...but when you have the Jimney Cricket remarks of author Bill Keaggy they become hysterical. I can read sections over and over and still crack up! He gives the lists personality and a very creative edge -- like. "Stop Smoking Bad Mom!" Get this book you will never look at lists the same way again!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eric Schultz on October 21, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is a very clever book. I like how it is in full color and is organized very creatively. My reccommendation is that you read the lists FIRST, then read what Bill Keaggy has to say. Sometimes it's not funny if you read his snipit first. I also love how he created some recipes based on the lists he's found. I can't wait to try some out. Very good book to add to your collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Smith on September 29, 2008
Format: Hardcover
If you're into quirky, voyeuristic looks into other peoples lives, you'll love this. Some of the commentary on the lists is a little pointless, but the lists provide more than enough humor. On the other hand, if you looked at this page wondering why anyone would want a book of other people's grocery lists, stay far away.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Meier on November 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Gave this gift to an English Professor and then bought one for myself. It is unique enough for the coffee table and fun to read aloud with the family. Seeing photos of the grocery lists makes you feel like a spy into our commercial culture.
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13 of 19 people found the following review helpful By TS Mintern on May 19, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book presents an undeniably intriguing concept. It's hard to imagine how much fun it can be to peruse other people's trash until you actually try it for yourself. And there's nothing inherently wrong with Keaggy's book, aside from the fact that this particular idea has been done before, and much more effectively.

You see, for several years, there has been a magazine called Found, which takes reader submitted finds, including shopping lists, love notes, photographs, and all sorts of other things, and publishes these bits of trash. The result is a stunning collection of micro-stories that feel incredibly real, because they are. Found Magazine has spawned two books, a website and I believe a CD. And it existed years before Milk Eggs Vodka was published. Perhaps most telling is the fact that a single issue of Found contains more items, and more variety, than this entire book. Found did it first, and Found does it better.

That's not to say Milk Eggs Vodka is not worth checking out. There is certainly some interesting stuff to be found here (pun only slightly intentional). But I definitely recommend that you investigate Found (each issue is only $5) before you spend $20 on this.
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