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:
- Chicken soup for the evil dictator’s soul
- Chicken soup for the serial killer’s soul
- Chicken soup for drivers that leave the turn signal on all the time soul
- Chicken soup for librarians that can’t get the copy machine un-jammed soul
- Chicken soup for the guys who like to look at porn at the library’s soul
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 any more Chicken Soup,