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A Look at A la Cart: The Secret Lives of Grocery Shoppers by Hillary Carlip

Do Our Shopping Lists Say Something About Us?

Los Angeles-based performance artist Hillary Carlip believes our shopping lists are like mirrors to our personalities and style.

NPR featured an entertaining profile of Hillary, who has dedicated her life to searching for and decoding shopping lists she finds around town, and then turning them into characters.

Hillary began collecting lists when she was 15 and found a list for Twizzlers, peanut brittle, and gum on the back of a dental appointment reminder card in NYC. She started off her interpretations as an on-stage act (she would dress as the different characters and recite what was on the list), but recently decided to turn them into a book — A la Cart: The Secret Lives of Grocery Shoppers.

The book features Hillary's 26 favorite shopping lists and the characters she's created to go along with them (the book cover is a collection of photos of Hillary in costume and makeup). Do you think a stranger could accurately depict you based on your grocery list?

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