Chicken Soup for the American Idol Soul
Canfield, Hansen, and Poneman
According to the Chicken Soup website, the first Chicken Soup book was published in 1993. I started library work in late 1998. These books were popular at my library. They were life lessons in easy little stories. They were also popular with a wide spectrum of people. Fair enough. This was collection no-brainer purchase.
But more kept coming. I actually remember unpacking this particular Chicken Soup book and thinking,”well I guess they are starting to run out of souls…” I was starting to think up other types of ultra specific chicken soup books:
You get the picture. Seriously, I couldn’t believe the variety of “souls” that needed chicken soup. What started out as a nice little book with inspirational stories from some inspirational speakers, morphed into a giant behemoth of over 250 books and a website. I started keeping an eye out around 2010 of how these books were circulating, and they really did start fading in popularity in my library. I finally weeded the last of the remaining in 2014, but whenever I see these books I keep thinking they will rise up and collectively steal my soul, along with all the James Patterson and Nora Roberts books.
Not making anymore Chicken Soup,
More Inspiration at the library: