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From Publishers Weekly

Wee, bright yellow, plastic chicks complain about shopping, calories and boyfriends in this sassy volume by visual artist Tanen. The collection features full-page color photographs in which the author's tiny, beady-eyed chicks confront a hilarious selection of modern (and sometimes fantastical) situations. In one picture, for example, a chick expresses frustration over a crowded exercise class ("Maude was peeved. Her 3:30 yoga class was full again. Didn't anybody work in this town?"). In another, a princess chick stares at the frog sitting on her bed and decides to terminate their relationship ("Anastasia was through making out with Ian. He was never going to change.") The chicks are darling, and the dioramas in which Tanen places them are perfect. This satirical take on the trials and tribulations of the modern, urbane female is sure to please the very sort it gently teases.
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About the Author

Sloane Tanen's work has been exhibited in a number of shows and can be found in private and corporate collections in Manhattan, Boston, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. She received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and holds graduate degrees in literary theory from NYU and in art history from Columbia University. She lives with her husband in New York City.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA; English Language edition (November 5, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582343764
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582343761
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.6 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #614,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Andrew S. Rogers VINE VOICE on August 31, 2004
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It's a little hard to explain this book to someone who hasn't seen it: "See, she takes these little plastic chicks and surrounds them with dollhouse furniture and takes pictures of them, then writes these hilarious captions...". About this time, the person you're talking to is giving you an odd look, and you close lamely with "You'd just have to see it. It's really funny."

But the thing is, it IS really funny. I gave it to my lovely bride as a birthday present after she kept returning to it at the store and laughing at one image after another. Now, we're taking turns browsing through it again and again. "Sleep with one eye open, mother." "Princess Gwyneth's money was on Puff." Great stuff.

"Bitter with Baggage" kind of reminds me of the Monty Python fish-slapping dance sketch: it's a good test of whether someone has even a rudimentary sense of humor. If they do, they're sure to get at least a chuckle out of this, and maybe a lot more.
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Not every one will GET this book. It is sort of like puns - and how some people like Seinfeld, and some hate him, etc. But this book is totally imaginative and artistic. Personally, I laughed hard. Put it down. Picked it up and laughed again. It is particularly funny if you used to play with those little fuzzy chickens made of fuzz and glue from the Easter baskets.

If your sense of humor is somewhat whacky, the book is more than well worth it. Besides, it will make you smile.
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I learned the hard way. He was late..and I popped into the local bookstore and spotted this. I like chickens..so I had to pick it up..and I couldn't put it down! Hysterically funny! So I bought it. Naturally when "he" showed up he asked what was in the bag..not thinking about the title...I showed it to him. He didn't get it..or a second date for that matter. I went home and drank wine and laughed my rear-end off! A must have for men or women. Has nothing to do with being bitter or having baggage..just funny life and times of some chickens...
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My daughter came home late one night and just had to show me the latest book she bought. After looking at just a couple of pages, I was wide awake and cracking up! I immediately bought a few copies to give to friends for Christmas and each copy was a hit! Funny pictures, funny captions - we just love it! Amazon has the best price on this book and it's worth every penny - enjoy!
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This is a "chick" book that is chic...it delivers a punch on every page. Wit combines with art to create pictures you won't forget. If you want lively conversation around your coffee table...place a copy of this book on that table. This is the perfect Holiday gift for adults of any age...and makes a great and unusual hostess gift.
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I read this whole book while shopping at the mall, bought it for a friend, then took it home and read through it three more times. I don't want to mail it; I want to keep it and read it every day after work. Maybe I'll buy another one for myself.
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I have three of the Sloane Tanen Bitter With Baggage books.... so so funny. I give them as gifts to my select friends whom I have deemed genius/hilarious. These books aren't for everyone, but for those that like them- they love them.
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So very funny, clever, witty and entertaining! Had me laughing out loud. Love all the little details in the pictures. Very well done. I also bought "Going for Bronze - Still Bitter, More Baggage" and it was just as great.
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