The Deleted E-Mails of Hillary Clinton
Once news broke that HRC used a personal e-mail account during her time as Secretary of State, instead of a government issued one, all hell broke loose. Conspiracy theories saturated the airwaves and the State department was forced to release thousands of Hillary’s e-mails to the public—but what happened to the deeply private and personal emails discarded by HRC staffers before being handed over to State? Thanks to author John Moe, the answer lies in his laugh-out-loud parody of the presidential candidate’s unseen e-mail archive. This quick and easy read is comedy gold from start to finish. Moe flawlessly satirizes Clinton and humorously depicts her relationships with politicians, and celebrities such as Vladimir Putin, Oprah, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Meryl Streep, Huma Abedin, and even Beyoncé. On her journey from mother-of-the-bride to commandress-in-chief, we get a sneak peek into her personal relationships with Bill and Chelsea, her thoughts on Olivia Pope, and her strategies on pantsuit haggling, all chronicled via e-mail. This book is the perfect gag gift for the political junkie in your life—Democrat or otherwise.
Why Not Me?
Mindy Kaling’s second essay collection “Why Not Me,” will make readers fall even more in love with this comedian-turned-household-name. Every chapter shares a new story from the starlet’s life—from her primping routine (“There are two things Mindy Kaling likes cold: beer and beauty masks”) to failing out of the Greek system in college, to dissecting your wedding registry—which will have you chuckling and nodding vigorously, feeling like she’s your bestie talking directly to you. Refreshingly honest and laugh-out-loud hilarious, this book has intelligence and wit singing out from every page. Now, if she could only become our best friend IRL…
Mark Peters Phd
Maybe you know someone for whom using profanity to describe and cope with the large and small annoyances of daily life is second nature. If they’re not “Bullshit upon this hat!” then they’re “Why now bullshit?” In which case, here is a gift you can give that will not only help them use bullshit in the proper context, it will also provide a rich trove of synonyms for which you both will be the better informed. Plus the accompanying illustrations are definitely no horse apples.
Poorly Drawn Lines
Warning! If you intend to purchase this as a gift, there is a very real chance you will find yourself reading it instead of wrapping it up. At which point you can either admit you are now that person giving used goods as gifts, or just make a joke that this is all part of “the sickest gift.” And before you ask, no, being a longtime reader of the hilarious webcomic is not a requirement for enjoyment.
The hipster phenomenon has brought plaid shirts and thick glasses far outside the reaches of Brooklyn. This gifty book is a fantastic joke present for your family’s resident skinny jeans owner, or for your lovable aunt who whispered to you “What’s a hipster?” at Thanksgiving this year. As an added bonus, the illustrations are fantastically detailed and gorgeous.
Things I've Said to My Children
‘Why is there peanut butter in your ear?’ ‘Stop biting the toilet.’ ‘We don’t put Pop-Tarts in the electrical outlets!’ ‘The rhino doesn’t swim in your cereal.’ If you find yourself saying any of these things to your child, you are in great company. A perfect gift for those who need a little levity in their toddler-chasing lives.
Deep Dark Fears
L.A.-based cartoonist Fran Krause started his popular web comic via Tumblr when he began drawing all of his irrational fears one day—then people started sending him their fears, which he also committed to paper. This comic book of sorts illuminates our shared human condition—fearing things we cannot control—while also bringing the laughs. Our favorite? “Sometimes, I feel like people are reading my mind, so I think of something funny. That way, if I hear anyone laugh, I KNOW.”
‘Tis the season…to shop for everyone on your list. And, we may be biased, but we think the best gifts to give—and receive—are books!
Read It Forward is making your holiday shopping a cinch this year. We’ve curated seven different gift guides chock full of books that will thrill everyone you know: the foodie in the family, the creative thinker, the fiction devotee, the adventurous spirit, the former class clown, the ultimate fan (of podcasts, history, rock ‘n roll…you name it) and the sci-fi lover who’s already purchased their movie tickets for Stars Wars: The Force Awakens. All you have to do is swing by your local independent bookstore and shop ’til you drop.
The former Class Clown loves a good laugh. Chances are, if they were named Class Clown in high school, they love cracking jokes just as much as they love being cracked up. These ten picks, ranging from a comedian’s inner monologue, a funny take on Where’s Waldo, a parody of Hillary’s inbox (she’s friends with Beyoncé!), an illustrated interpretation of “Parents Say The Darndest Things” or a comic book about our greatest (and wackiest) fears, will have recipients belly-laughing through the new year.
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Curated by the Read It Forward editorial team, illustration by Jane Mount of Ideal Bookshelf.