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The Stray Shopping Carts of Eastern North America: A Guide to Field Identification Paperback – May 1, 2006


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; First Edition edition (May 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810955202
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810955202
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 6.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Julian Montague is an artist and graphic designer whose various art projects address issues of scientific classification as they relate to our perceptions of the natural and man-made worlds. A graduate of Hampshire College, he lives in Buffalo, New York.

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My lost shopping cart!!
Matthew Morgan
This is the single wittiest book I have read since 'Pooh Gets Stuck' (though to be sure that title's frisson may yet prove unintentional).
Mark Twin
An excellent page-through if you have nothing better to do as well as a great book to just have on the shelf or the coffee table.
MJ

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414 of 428 people found the following review helpful By Mitch on December 28, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book is easily one of the top four reference guides for shopping carts available on the market today. It does an excellent job of covering the following topics:

* Shopping carts

Overall, I heartily endorse this product.
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100 of 103 people found the following review helpful By Rosemary Evetts on April 5, 2007
Format: Paperback
There's no bio for the author, but I hope it helped him get tenure! Designed like a birding guide, it is funny beyond belief. Library of Congress classifies it as an "artistic photography" book, but it has a very droll social anthropology feel about it.
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202 of 217 people found the following review helpful By A. Flynn on March 30, 2011
Format: Paperback
I would love to rate this particular treatise as highly as I did the author's previous works: "Potato Science - An Ethical Discourse" was particularly well written and contained multiple helpful diagrams and bulleted instructions.

Unfortunately, this latest work is disproportionately lacking in quality. The images of the shopping carts are of such a low quality that it is difficult to identify one breed from another. Recently, whilst working in the field, I stumbled across a nest of young carts which I could not easily identify using my guide. It was impossible to tell if they were Walmart Warblers or the less common (and more exciting!) Greater Wheeled Tuckwood. This forced me to get closer than I would normally want to get to these magnificent creatures, and I risked disturbing their habitat.

I was forced to leave the nesting area anyway when the mother cart returned: finding me near to her offspring she became enraged and attacked me, bumping into my ankles quite ferociously. Fortunately I was able to escape with only minor injuries.

If the book had been more clear on the matter of identification I feel I could have avoided the attack, which could have been a vicious mauling. 2/5
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63 of 65 people found the following review helpful By R. Hirst on May 7, 2012
Format: Paperback
As a member Premier Ordre of the Retail Shopping Cart Awareness Association (Henceforth RSCAA), I find the official RSCAA review an affront.
Ethics --yea, friends, that oft-neglected master-- compels me to present for public consideration the Minority Dissenting Opinion on the matter of Montague's field reference.
(Decision 825-4.M)

Namely, its perfection.

The reference is unimpeachable, the quality fine, the photographs apt, the circles round. I have personally hand-checked the reference structure and layout, using official RSCAA guidelines, and can report no deviation from the Brownbook standard.
Calibrated Pantone indexing showed autocorrelation well within required bounds.

Which result no honest RSCAA member shall question, for the RSCAA standard is the MONTAGUE GUIDE ITSELF. Friends, it is so. Such are the dark politics of our day, that we throw into calumny and neglect the very pillar of our belief.

Pursuant to the Code of Good Conduct, my resignation is hereby tendered, all ties cut, dues paid in full, figurines returned, candies forfeited & c.
Ryan Hirst
RSCAA 1er o., Minority Opinion Draftsman, 825-4.M, Unicorn
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Jokes aside.

Good satire is uncommon.
I found this book mesmerizing. Suppose it is a joke. It will never divulge this to you. Hilarious at first, the brilliance of Montague's book takes a bit longer to grasp: it's the camouflage. The categorization system, both in structure and layout, is a miniature introduction to good system modeling and clean graphic design. Tufte would be proud.

And it's hilarious. The photographs of sad, lonely and mauled carts are alone worth the purchase.

One reviewer asks, "has anyone ever bought this book?
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83 of 89 people found the following review helpful By Robin Benson on April 9, 2006
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Flick through this book and many of you might think Julian Montague needs to get a life, roaming round the North Eastern states snapping the death throes of shopping carts, indeed. The book is a bit of fun though and quite cleverly thought out, but maybe the joke wears a bit thin by page 176.

The five sections explain all you'll need to know to about classifying carts, section two lists Class A: False Strays, Types 1-11 and section three Class B: True Strays, Types 1-22. Each type gets a page with a cool photo and details about what to look for. The longest section is four, titled Selected Specimens, with more than three hundred photos of battered and dead carts in the environment, I think the ones in snow look best and they are categorized according to either Class A or B. It won't surprise you to know that the author toiled for six years creating all this.

The design and printing of the book is fine and the author takes a pretty good cart photo. The only thing missing, I thought, was some reference to their manufactures, there can't be too many and they most likely all have unique features. This would certainly have added to the thrill of spotting a Class B, Type 11 (train damaged cart) made by A N Other Inc.

*United Brotherhood of Shopping Carts. Affiliated to AFL/CIO.

***FOR AN INSIDE LOOK click 'customer images' under the cover.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Fries on April 15, 2006
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One of the most complete and well thought out works I have ever encountered. Montague's language coupled with his beautiful photography give the lowly carts individual personalities. Refreshing, for an art piece, it never takes itself too seriously. It will change the way you look at the urban environment, and most importantly it's endlessly fun.
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