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Swagbucks Book Club – Short and Sweet

Posted by on Fri, August 3rd, 2012 at 10:00 am

Welcome reading enthusiasts to the weekly gathering of the Swagbucks Book Club.  Thanks to everyone who joined in the discussion last week of Can You Keep a Secret?, hopefully you were one of the lucky contributors who found 25 extra Swag Bucks in  your account on Monday.  Today we are choosing our reading selection for the month of August.  Because August is a popular vacation time I thought we would focus on short stories this time around.  I’ve selected 7 to choose from and included a poll below.  Vote for your favorite between now and Sunday night, come back to this same blog post on Monday and see who the winners isare if you want to get a jump on the reading.  Otherwise watch for the winners to be announced in next Friday’s Book Club.  The top 3 vote getters  will be discussed on Friday, August 31st.

August Short Story Choices

“A Good Man Is Hard To Find” by Flannery O’Connor: A manipulative grandmother is at the center of this tragic and shocking story about coming to terms with who you really are.

“The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson: Details of contemporary small town American life are contrasted with an annual ritual known as “the lottery.”

“The Rockinghorse Winner” by D.H. Lawrence: This twisted tale documents the strange relationship between a spendthrift mother and her son, who only longs to make her happy.

“The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman: This story follows a young woman as she descends into psychosis, becoming obsessed with the pattern and color of the wallpaper.

“The Body” by Stephen King: Adapted into the movie Stand By Me, this short tale documents both the depth of friendship and the horrors of misfortune.

“The Diamond As Big as the Ritz” by F. Scott Fitzgerald: This story documents the lengths one family will go to in order to keep their secret source of wealth a hidden.

“Silver Water” by Amy Bloom: A woman explains her older sister’s mental decline, which begins in adolescence.

I would also be remiss if I did not acknowledge two significant losses this week with the passing of both Maeve Binchy and Gore Vidal.  While two very different authors, they both left behind an incredible body of work and will be missed.  Feel free to leave recommendations for your favorite works by these authors in the comments.