This is me, author Hillary Carlip...

And here's what I really look like when I'm not being one of the 26 shoppers featured in À la Cart..

And here's some hopefully fascinating info about me, of course in third person!

Award-winning author Hillary Carlip's memoir, Queen of the Oddballs: And Other True Stories from a Life Unaccording to Plan (HarperCollins May, 2006), is an American Bookseller's Association Book Sense Pick chosen by independent bookstores throughout the country, a Lambda Literary Award finalist in two categories (humor and memoir), and was selected by Borders as one of the Best Literary Memoirs of 2006.

Hillary has been hailed as a pioneer in bringing the voices of teenage girls into the mainstream with her first book Girl Power: Young Women Speak Out (Warner Books, 1995). She was honored by the New York Public Library when the groundbreaking Girl Power was selected for its prestigious "Best Books for Teens" list. When Hillary appeared on Oprah, the hour show was devoted to the book. Now in its eighth printing, Girl Power continues to attract new readers and is required reading for many Women's Studies courses throughout the country.

Hillary's second book, Zine Scene (Girl Press, 1999), which she designed herself and co-wrote with the renowned author Francesca Lia Block, was included in a show at the New Museum for Contemporary Art in New York City, and won an American Library Association Award.

Hillary is the creator, editor and host of the acclaimed literary website, FRESH YARN: The Online Salon for Personal Essays. Since April 2004, every month Hillary presents six new pieces written by a diverse range of all-star writers/performers and personalities. FRESH YARN has been a YAHOO PICK, and was picked as a HOT SITE by USA Today.

Hillary's writing appears in the anthologies: FIRED!: Tales of the Canned, Canceled, Downsized, & Dismissed (Touchstone Books, 2006); The Six-Word Memoir (HarperCollins, 2008) and Rejected: Tales of the Failed, Dumped, and Canceled (Villard, 2008).

As a visual artist, Hillary has designed and produced websites for major stars (including Jennifer Aniston), artists, authors, musicians and advertisers, and continues to break ground with her web production and design company Fly HC. Hillary has shown and sold her found-object assemblages through several prominent Los Angeles galleries. She has also done private commissions and been featured in group exhibits in New York and Chicago.

As a performance artist, Hillary has written and performed comedy material, as well as juggled and eaten fire as a solo act, and with such noted performers as the Flying Karamazov Brothers. She appeared on The Ellen Degeneres Show, teaching Ellen how to eat fire (complete with Liza Minnelli running onstage -- unplanned -- with a fire extinguisher!) She also started her own record label, releasing songs she wrote and performed with her all-girl band, Angel and the Reruns. The band's song "Buffy Come Back" became an international cult hit, and Hillary appeared in several films (including Tom Hank's Bachelor Party), and on their soundtracks, with songs she wrote, produced and performed.

And here's some equally fascinating info about À la Cart photographer,
Barbara Green...

Barbara Green picked up her first camera at the age of four and hasn't been without one since. She graduated from Brooks Institute of Photography in 1986 and went on to build a career in still photography ranging from celebrity portraits to fashion and lifestyle.

Her work in film and video started in 1993 when her clients began requesting moving images to accompany her still work. In 2003, she formed Greenie Films with writer/director Michelle Boyaner

Greenie Films has completed three documentary short films: O'Day At The Races, a documentary on the life of jazz legend Anita O'Day; Hi, You've Reached Dave's Apartment, a glimpse into the day-to-day life of her 41-year-old schizophrenic brother, which premiered at the SXSW Film Festival in 2001; and Tina Paulina: Living on Hope Street, an inspirational look at a homeless lesbian living on the streets of downtown Los Angeles, which is an award winning official selection of ten major film festivals. She has also completed several narrative shorts including I Want You to Show Me, and the award winning festival favorite, You're Still Young, both of which she directed, filmed and edited.

She continues to develop film projects that interest her and is currently on the film festival circuit with her feature-length documentary, A Finished Life: The Goodbye & No Regrets Tour.

À la Cart: The Secret Lives of Grocery Shoppers -- a "hilarious, delightful, unique" book by Hillary Carlip
From Virgin Books, © 2008