What I Hate: From A to Z

What I Hate: From A to Z

by Roz Chast


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A hilarious illustrated compendium of pet peeves and personal nightmares from the beloved New Yorker cartoonist and New York Times bestselling author of Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? and Going into Town.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608196890
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 10/11/2011
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 780,523
Product dimensions: 7.60(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Roz Chast grew up in Brooklyn. Her cartoons began appearing in the New Yorker in 1978, where she has since published more than one thousand. She wrote and illustrated the #1 NYT bestseller (100+ weeks) Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?, a National Book Critics Circle Award and Kirkus Prize winner and finalist for the National Book Award; national bestseller Going into Town; and her cartoon collections The Party, After You Left and Theories of Everything.

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What I Hate 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
g026r on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've had this one sitting around for a while, putting off reviewing it because I'm not entirely certain how to review it.At the simplest, most important level: did I like it? In that case, I have to say the answer is "Yes."At the next level: why did I like it, and would I recommend somebody else buy it? "I'm not entirely certain" and "Probably not."To address the last answer first: as much as I enjoyed this, it felt a bit thin, a bit insubstantial for its $15.00 MSRP. (Or $17.50 for Canadians like me.) It was amusing, but even with lingering on images it was done and over far too quickly.To address why I liked it, then. Or, at least, to try and solidify and verbalize a fairly ill-defined set of feelings: to start with, I enjoy Chast's cartoons. (I make no secret that I find the cartoons far and away the most interesting part of The New Yorker.) As such, they come across as amusing; not funny per se, and certainly not laugh-out-loud material, but amusing — "chuckle-worthy" if you will.Finally, there's the material.If you're the sort of person who worries about many things, and who is well aware that many of the things you worry about are nonsensical events, less likely to happen than winning the lottery, then there's definitely something to relate to with these cartoons.So while I wouldn't necessarily suggest purchasing, it's certainly worth at least a library checkout if you think its contents might be targeted at you.
Laura400 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a delightful, laugh-out-loud book.I'm already a Roz Chast fan, checking each new issue of the New Yorker for her work. Her cartoons which portray the silliness and precariousness of modern life with a sensibility that is self-aware but can't help being worried, too. "What I Hate" is a quick read, simpler and shorter than her previous collected cartoons, but still very funny.It's a A-Z catalogue of anxieties, or things she hates. Each anxiety gets one panel. Examples of things she hates include carnivals, elevators, heights and "the Undertow." Chast takes common experiences and fears and amplifies the absurdity, until even something you used to take for granted seems a little sketchy after all. Like tunnels.She's just funny. For me, her philosophy can best be summed up in the line of one of her scary doctors: "You've got borderline something, that's for sure."
amberalicia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A funny little book of things that make Roz Chast anxious. Some parts I related to a little too well and that made me feel anxious. Then I wanted to make my own list of What I Hate. So I did. That was fun. I like this book a lot. I'm not sure I would recommend it to anyone I know but I do know I have more than a couple friends it would make a great gift for. Very cute.
RaucousRain on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Things I Hate from A to Z is absurd and hysterical, and a really funny book. On one page I¿d smugly think, oh that¿s not me ¿ only other people have THAT phobia. However, on the next page I find a cartoon which to totally had me pegged! Roz Chast has a wonderful sense of humor and I love her illustrations. A fast & fun read.
detailmuse on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Instead of counting sheep, cartoonist Roz Chast¿s fall-asleep technique is to ¿pick a category with which you are at least slightly familiar and try to list one thing per letter in alphabetical order.¿Rather than ¿hates¿ as the title implies, here Chast picks ¿anxieties¿ -- a category with which she¿s proven familiar :) -- and presents a full-page cartoon and a bit of explanatory text for each letter of the alphabet. Alas, the anxieties she presents are also quite familiar rather than her trademark quirky. And the text generally detracts, this from R for Rabies being the exception:My rabies fear started with To Kill a Mockingbird, the same way my appendicitis fear started with Madeline, and my brain tumor fear started with Death Be Not Proud. On an ideal planet, children¿s books wouldn¿t be censored for references to sex, but for illnesses.It¿s cute for a quick read (and better when I re-read, avoiding the text), but it felt rushed-together and I kept wishing the cartoons were in color not black-and-white. More highly recommended is The Pop-up Book of Phobias.
mstrust on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Chast's cartoons are recognizable to anyone who enjoys The New Yorker. This slim book, which has the appearance of a children's bedtime book, has something the author hates for each letter of the alphabet. Some are strange, such as the discontinued dessert Jello1-2-3, and carnivals, while others are fears that many would agree with, like premature burial.A weird book and a quick read, this one is a giggle, especially as the drawings have a frantic quality.
slarsoncollins on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
OK, but I thought it would be funnier. It should have been funnier. One random entry per letter and a weird cartoon didn't live up to my expectations.
bobbieharv on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Roz Chast is my favorite cartoonist, so I was very pleased to receive this nicely-put-together book. Unfortunately, the cartoons were not her best, perhaps because the A-Z structure forced some of the humor. But I'm happy to have it.
Jenners26 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Book DescriptionRoz Chast has been creating cartoons for the New Yorker since 1978. Right there, you know you'll get a combination of funny and smart. The book is exactly what the title says it is: a list of things that Roz Chast hates from A to Z. Each letter gets two pages. On the left side is some text (usually very short) describing exactly why Chast hates a particular thing. On the right side is a full-page drawing that illustrates the reasons further. Both the text and the drawings complement each other beautifully; I wouldn't have wanted one without the other. Perhaps the best way to appreciate the book is with some examples. (Unfortunately, I don't can't include photos in this review.)My ThoughtsThis book is simultaneously hilarious and terrifying. As I read, I found that Roz Chast's fears were slowly becoming my own fears. "Hmmm," I'd think to myself, "I never really thought about tunnels in that way before." And I confess to thinking the exact same thing she does when the lights dim in the theater. And, thanks to this book, I now view balloons as nothing more than "imminent explosions."My only complaint is that the book is far too short. I'm positive that someone as anxious as Roz Chast could have done a dictionary and had multiple entries for each letter. The book was over far too soon. I definitely plan on checking out other Roz Chast books.Recommended For: Roz Chast fans, readers looking for a mix of funny and terrifying. However, it is NOT recommended for people with anxiety issues or hypochondria; nothing good would come of that. HAHA!
yeremenko on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A very funny book. Wonderfully dark and silly at the same time.
quilted_kat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A humorous graphic novel representation of the fears that keep us awake at night. This book would be the perfect gift for the death-obsessed teenager in your family.
burnit99 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A surprise offering from LibraryThing's Early Reviewer program, which is good because I would have regretted spending money on this one. It's sort of a children's book, but not really, and the title is depressingly accurate: each page illustrates something the author hates, or is made anxious by. You can sort of see some Shel Silverstein influence, minus the wit and charm and artistic talent. Actually, it would have been interesting to see what he would have done with this concept.
gtown on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Quick, fun read, cataloging a hate (really more of an anxiety) for each letter of the alphabet, with a cartoon and some text. Good for anyone with too many or not enough anxieties!
williecostello on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book left me feeling very underwhelmed: it's shorter than a children's book, not particularly funny, and not even particularly funny in that 'not actually funny but sort of witty' New Yorker way. In short, it's just an A to Z list of some things that bug Roz Chast, most of which aren't even all that novel. Fans of Chast's other work will probably enjoy this, but I can't imagine they'd enjoy it as much as, say, a collection of her New Yorker cartoons. But for someone like me who only sort of likes her comics, this book did nothing to make me like her sense of humour any more.
LynnB on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Roz Chast has a cure for insomnia: she makes lists. Lists of fruits, movie titles, anything to stop her from thinking about things that would keep her awake. In this book, she provides a list of anxieties. From A-Z, here is an illustrated list of things Ms. Chast hates: Alien Abduction to the letter Z itself. Funny, quick read.N is for nightmares....and I've had several of the same ones!
rastaphrog on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
We all have things we hate, or at the very least dislike. Well, Roz shares twenty-six of hers. One for each letter of the alphabet.While her descriptions of why she fears these things are hilarious,what really makes the book are her illustrations. For some of them, the pictures had me laughing before I even read the accompanying text. The "creepy" part is that some of the pictures were things I had "seen" in my own mind at some time or another.This was a fun and fast read that I suspect I'll go back to in the future when I have a few minutes I want to kill while I'm waiting on something.
krau0098 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I picked an advanced reading copy of this book up at Book Expo America. It just looked like too much fun to pass up. It's a fun book, aimed more at adults than kids. Kids can read it but some of the stuff will go right over their heads.After an introduction explaining Chast's struggles with anxiety, you delve into an alphabet of things Chast hates. Each letter gets a page describing something Chast hates (for B it is Balloons) and on the facing page there is a funny cartoon depicting or expanding on the fear/hate.This book is cleverly done, entertaining and funny. People who are a bit anxious about things will definitely relate, people who've never been anxious a day in their lives will still laugh at the crazy hates Chast comes up with. The cartoons are clever and the dialogue sparse (just enough there to add some humor and clarify things).This is a very quick read, more like a children's picture book than anything else. It is aimed more at adults though. There are references to some older things that kids just won't get. There is also a lot that just goes right over a kid's head.Overall a fun and quick read. The illustrations are great and the book is cleverly put together. I recommend it to people who have anxiety problems, or just people who like to read humor. A fun book and I am glad I gave it a read.
rsps on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a collection of cartoons based on things that the artist, Roz Chast, hates or that cause her anxiety. From Alien Abduction to X-rays to the letter Z itself, every letter of the alphabet holds something to fear.I guess my humor doesn't match the authors, as I found the book disappointing and not that funny.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
And this book is no exception. Smart and funny!