More and more, we are a nation of list-makers, from grocery lists, New Year's resolutions, and things to do before we die to DVDs to rent and people we've kissed. In To-Do List (based on the popular blog of the same name, todolistblog.com) Sasha Cagen celebrates the humble to-do list, exploring the ways these scribbled agendas reflect our personalities and passions.
To-Do List is both a celebration of lists and a peek at the lists that others create. Broken down by subjects like "Daily Lists" to "Sex Lists," it's a fascinating collection of lists from everyday people to the well-known:
With each list, Cagen offers the story behind it and a prompt for readers to compare notes and take their own stab at a similar list.
- Novelist Nick Hornby's list of desert island discs
- A therapist's secret fears ("I HATE having to think about clients in relation to my hair or clothes")
- A shopping list from chef Alice Waters of Chez Panisse
- A woman's accomplishments before her thirtieth birthday ("Hot air ballooned over the Serengeti," "Danced on a table in Vegas")
- Qualities one man is looking for in a future wife, including "Chews with her mouth shut" and "Will let me give my first son the middle name of 'Jacob'"
Voyeuristic and interactive, To-Do List will show you just how much -- and what -- your lists say about you.