What I Hate by Roz Chast
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The pages of the New Yorker are hallowed ground for cartoonists, and for the last thirty years, Roz Chast has helped set the magazine's cartooning standard, while creating work that is unmistakably her own- characterized by her shaggy lines, an ecstatic way with words, and her characters' histrionic masks of urban and suburban anxiety, bedragglement, and elation.

What I Hate is an A to Z of epic horrors and daily unpleasantries, including but by no means limited to rabies, abduction, tunnels, and the triple-layered terror of Jell-O 1-2-3. With never-before-published, full-page cartoons for every letter, and supplemental text to make sure the proper fear is instilled in every heart, Chast's alphabetical compendium will resonate with anyone well-versed in the art of avoidance- and make an instructive gift for anyone who might be approaching life with unhealthy unconcern.

Praise for Roz Chast:

"The wacky world Roz Chast has created in her cartoons is a parallel universe to ours, utterly recognizable in all its banalities and weirdnesses, but slightly askew."-Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

"The wryest pen since Dorothy Parker's."-O, the Oprah Magazine

"Where would we be without Roz Chast?…Chast's magnificent career-spanning collection…highlights her position as master of the deep interior, of the obsessions, the baseless fears and the weird proverbs to which we cling in our desperation not to leave the house."-Susan Salter Reynolds, Los Angeles Times, on Theories of Everything


About Roz Chast

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Roz Chast was born in Brooklyn, New York. Her cartoons began appearing in the New Yorker in 1978. Since then she has published hundreds of cartoons and written or illustrated more than a dozen books.
Published October 11, 2011 by Bloomsbury USA. 64 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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From the unsettling possibility of waking up during general anesthesia to the offbeat catastrophes of “Jell-O 1-2-3” and spontaneous human combustion, the author presents an A-to-Z catalog of distressing concerns and her unique take on “what might funny about them.” Chast prefaces each pictorial ...

May 20 2011 | Read Full Review of What I Hate: From A to Z

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The remarkably straightforward title tells the reader exactly what to expect: 26 cartoons (plus a couple of bonuses), each accompanied by a short paragraph of the author's musings on what's illustrated.

Jul 11 2011 | Read Full Review of What I Hate: From A to Z

City Book Review

The collection includes some familiar subjects — elevators, illness, getting lost, rabies — as well as many whose true horrific nature can be seen only through Chast’s eyes: balloons, the color yellow, a dessert called Jell-O 1-2-3.

Dec 08 2011 | Read Full Review of What I Hate: From A to Z

Portland Book Review

I bet you will find something that will interest you wp.me/P2DwkQ-bv0 5 stars for a cleverly devised mystery set in PDX a must read for the tween reader in your family wp.me/p2DwkQ-cmT http://t.co/FN0NuUFC This book is not your typical A-to-Z alphabet book.

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Graphic Novel Reporter

Each two-page spread in the book covers one topic, the left-hand page offering a brief description of the artist’s fear and the right-hand page bringing it to life.

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