Friday, April 15, 2011

Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang

If you like to enjoy a fine collection of comedic essays that point to the commonly experienced highs and lows of life and that illustrate the cast of unusual characters that we all encounter amongst strangers, co-workers, family and friends...please pick up any of the fine books by David Sedaris and enjoy yourself. They are fantastic!

If you are in the mood for something else entirely, then, by all means, give Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang a try.

In this New York Times #1 Bestseller, comedian Chelsea Handler regales her readers with an assortment of stories addressing a wide variety of dysfunctions from her childhood, family, friendships, and work relationships.

Will you laugh out loud? Probably. Will Chelsea inspire? Hmmm...

Please join the IBC founding members and two new members, Amy Kolczak and Terry Walbye, in the in-depth discussion below or by subscribing on iTunes:

Book Club Questions for Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang:

1.What was your prior level of exposure to Chelsea Handler before reading this book? Was this an ironic read for you?
2. The first chapter of the book relates to Chelsea's childhood. The story is told in the voice of an adult. How does this voice set the tone for the rest of the book?
3. Did you have a strong reaction (good or bad) to any particular anecdote in the book?
4. What are Chelsea's primary characteristics? How do these characteristics manifest during her personal and professional interactions?
5. Describe Chelsea's comedic style. Are there similarities between her style and her other comedy peers (Sarah Silverman, Kathy Griffin, others)?
6. In this work, Chelsea expresses very strong opinions of her parents. Explore these opinions. Do you think her parents were dysfunctional, she is dysfunctional, or that the stories were exaggerated for comedic purposes? How open are you to publicly disparaging your family?
7. Do you regard this book as a memoir, or a series of comedic essays?
8. What lessons are to be gleaned from Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang?
9. Chelsea employs practical jokes as part of her comedic routine. What is your opinion of the practical joke as part of a comedy toolkit?
10. After reading this book, are you more or less inclined to explore Chelsea's other media (print or television)?

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