Justin Halpern decided to publish the novel Sh*t My Dad Says with all of the support of his family. I found it to be a very enriching story that hit very close to home.
My dad is an interesting guy with a lot of things to say – and not always positive, upbeat, or in good taste. He is, however, a very good father and I am blessed to have him in my life. Justin Halpern’s dad in the tale is similar, and the compilation of quotations and stories from Justin Halpern’s life were very insightful, all carrying a small lesson or bit of advice.
My book club decided to read this book and realized later that there were no published discussion questions for this book on the web. I took it upon myself to make some up, as follows:
Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern
1. What was your favorite quotation in the book?
2. Which quotation or bit of advice reminded you of something your own dad would say?
3. Which of these experiences could you relate to most?
4. The book carried a lot of messages and lessons. My personal favorite message was ‘Do Not Be a Goddamned Liar.’
Did you ever get caught cheating on school work, and if so, were you made to publicly apologize? Do you feel that this is a sound way to teach children not to lie?
5. What was the most commonly mentioned food item in the book? (Generally we got two responses to this question: Grape-nuts, or Steak. I feel like a discussion ensues because both food items are mentioned so frequently. Does the father eat Grape-nuts because they’re healthy and he is a doctor? Are the Grape-nuts the reason why he is always making reference to going to the bathroom? How come steak automatically translates to celebration for this family? A lot of arguments can be raised here, therefore, its validity)
6. Some interesting information regarding Lawry’s cuts of Prime Rib:
The California Cut – A smaller cut for lighter appetites
The English Cut – Three thin slices deftly carved to heighten the rich beef flavor
The Lawry Cut – Our traditional and most popular cut
The “Diamond Jim Brady” Cut -An extra thick portion that includes the rib bone
The Beef Bowl Cut – A double sized cut with the rib bone, as served to the Rose Bowl and Cotton Bowl teams
Lawry’s invented a serving cart that they wheel the beef out on and they cut your meet on their cart, table side…this is part of the reason why the restaurants are so famous.
I provide this information just so that if you ever go to Lawry’s, you don’t have to spend 8 minutes talking to the server about the different methods of cutting, serving, or preparing the prime rib.
7. It is mentioned that waiters are like strippers, for enough money they’ll pretend they like you.
Do you feel that this is true?
What do you ordinarily tip a server?
Do you feel that after a server receives their tip, their demeanor changes toward you?
After all, servers do work almost solely for their tips…
There are 6 members of my book club and these questions provided about 30 minutes of discussion for our group with everyone contributing insight where necessary.