Swagbucks Book Club – Anne Frank Discussion

We have a busy, busy day today Swagbucks Book Clubbers!  Not only are we discussing the March reading title: Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl but we need to vote on a reading selection for April!  It’s like Opinion-palloza today on the Book Club!

I suspect we are all in need of some lightening up after a long dreary winter so I’ve pulled together 6 humor titles to choose from for April.  Check out the descriptions below and then vote in the poll before Sunday night.

Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris (Kindle Price $3.99)

He draws on a seemingly bottomless well of appalling childhood memories revolving around his mounting fears about being unlike other boys.Sedaris recalls encounters with strangers on trains and offers hilarious perspectives on French health care and shopping at Costco. An acute observer and master of the quick, excoriating takedown, Sedaris claims new territory in this exceptionally gutsy and unnerving collection. Sedaris casts penetrating light on a world of cruelty, inanity, and absurdity that is barely but surely redeemed by humor and love.

Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man’s Fundamentals for Delicious Living by Nick Offerman (Kindle Price $10.99)

Growing a perfect moustache, grilling red meat, wooing a woman—who better to deliver this tutelage than the always charming, always manly Nick Offerman, best known as Parks and Recreation’s Ron Swanson? Paddle Your Own Canoe features tales from Offerman’s childhood in small-town Minooka, Illinois, to his theater days in Chicago, beginnings as a carpenter/actor and the hilarious and magnificent seduction of his now-wife Megan Mullally. It also offers hard-bitten battle strategies in the arenas of manliness, love, style, religion, woodworking, and outdoor recreation, among many other savory entrees.

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling (Kindle Price $4.99)

In Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, Mindy invites readers on a tour of her life and her unscientific observations on romance, friendship, and Hollywood, with several conveniently placed stopping points for you to run errands and make phone calls. Mindy Kaling really is just a Girl Next Door—not so much literally anywhere in the continental United States, but definitely if you live in India or Sri Lanka.

Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan (Kindle Price $10.91)

In Dad is Fat, stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan, who’s best known for his legendary riffs on Hot Pockets, bacon, manatees, and McDonald’s, expresses all the joys and horrors of life with five young children—everything from cousins to toddlers’ communication skills, to the eating habits of four year olds. Dad is Fat is sharply observed, explosively funny, and a cry for help from a man who has realized he and his wife are outnumbered in their own home.

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) by Jenny Lawson (Kindle Price $7.99)

When Jenny Lawson was little, all she ever wanted was to fit in. That dream was cut short by her fantastically unbalanced father and a morbidly eccentric childhood. In the irreverent Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, Lawson’s long-suffering husband and sweet daughter help her uncover the surprising discovery that the most terribly human moments—the ones we want to pretend never happened—are the very same moments that make us the people we are today. For every intellectual misfit who thought they were the only ones to think the things that Lawson dares to say out loud, this is a poignant and hysterical look at the dark, disturbing, yet wonderful moments of our lives.

Still Foolin’ ‘Em: Where I’m Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys? by Billy Crystal (Kindle Price $8.89)

Hilarious and heartfelt observations on aging from one of America’s favorite comedians as he turns 65, and a look back at a remarkable career. With his trademark wit and heart, he outlines the absurdities and challenges that come with growing old, from insomnia to memory loss to leaving dinners with half your meal on your shirt. As wise and poignant as they are funny, Crystal’s reflections are an unforgettable look at an extraordinary life well lived.


Now for today’s discussion: I will post questions in the comments below.  Leave your thoughts and opinions in the threads or ask your own questions of the Book Club.  The discussion continues through the weekend and on Monday, March 31, 14 I will randomly choose 10 contributors and award them with 25 Swag Bucks.  And as a special treat I will randomly choose 1 person and award them 450 SBs – enough for a $5 Amazon Gift Card to get you that much closer to purchasing April’s reading selection!

Congratulations to this week’s random winners: melarodeomom, jerylt, grnseas7, yashk1102, BIGJ777, bigmamajo, Feldspar17, Vmoneyz, mkvegas, coralouwho, mcveinot and Clippin who each won 25 SBs.  Special Congratulations to ptufts123 who won 450 SBs!  Thanks for all the great comments – see ya on Friday! – Becky