A la Cart: The Secret Lives of Grocery Shoppers

A brilliant use of an over-active imagination paired with a love of lists. I wish I’d thought of it.

Found this article on NPR about Hillary Carlip’s new book A la Cart: The Secret Lives of Grocery Shoppers. She finds discarded grocery lists and makes up the characters of the authors. She looks at the list itself (Coors and Oreos on one list), the paper it’s written on (Prozac note paper?), and the handwriting and then invents the person she imagines wrote the list. There are pictures of her in costume for each character.

I wonder what she’d think of my grocery list. Let’s see, scribbly writing by two different people, flowery paper entitled “Celebrate Life”, and the following items (some of which only I can decipher…and then only after some thought):

hook for potholders, calendar


salt shaker


vitamix thing (now that’s specific)

bread crumbs




vanilla pudding



What does that say to you? It sure doesn’t say anything interesting to me.


2 thoughts on “A la Cart: The Secret Lives of Grocery Shoppers

  1. Actually, we’ve never owned a salt shaker. Believe it or not, 5 and a half years and no salt shaker. I’ve got the knack of sprinkling salt out of a huge salt container, but not everyone is so gifted…

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