Time Out New York
Sometimes, the oddest book will grab you, for no rational reason. Such is the case with The Fairest Fowl: Portraits of Championship Chickens. Tamara Staples's "fashion-runway-style" shots of cocky, prancing specimens of poultry pulchritude are strangely... sexy. The accompanying text on the competition circuit and standards of perfection—including plumage, combs and wattles—is equally fascinating. Who knew?
About the Author
Tamara Staples was born and raised in the Carolinas, attended her first poultry show in 1988 with her uncle. After earning a degree in photography, she began to take portraits of the birds in earnest in 1998. Her work has appeared in Harper's Magazine, Utn
Ira Glass is the host of the award-winning public radio program This American Life. He lives in Chicago.