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With the holidays coming up, our calendars can fill up fast. So, I want to go ahead and schedule a combined December/January meeting, so folks can save the date and get a jump on their reading. Please read all the below, there's a lot of info! I know spare time is at a premium this time of year, so we'll look at a graphic novel that is a quick, yet profound, read -- and one of my favorite books of all time (lesbian or otherwise): "Fun Home" by Alison Bechdel. "Fun Home" is a memoir that follows Bechdel from her childhood, to her years at college, and finally to the present, where she struggles to write her own graphic autobiography. As Alison reflects on her past, she grapples to make sense of it, particularly her relationship with her father, Bruce, a closeted queer man and the owner of the family business -- the Bechdel Funeral Home ( or “fun” home, as it’s known to Alison and her brothers). As she watches her father’s self-loathing consume him, she recognizes, and ultimately embraces, her own sexuality. An unforgettable and groundbreaking work, "Fun Home" explores the haunting pull of memory and the power it has to alternately destroy or shape, who we are. Now for those of you unfamiliar with contemporary graphic novels, I implore you to not pass judgement on this one before giving it a try. It is nothing like your childhood comic books. It is a mature work, written for adults. It is also a multi-award-winning memoir that is consistently named one of this century's best works of literature, written and drawn by a MacArthur "Genius" Grant-winning author. In addition, the Broadway stage adaptation won the 2015 Tony for "Best Musical." Still not convinced? Well, my job, literally, is to read books, so when I say "Fun Home" is one of the 10 most important books I have read in my life, thus far, I really am saying something. So please, give it a chance! The print book is available in most libraries throughout Nassau, Suffolk, and Queens. My library, alone, has over a dozen copies of it specifically for book club purposes, so if you need a copy, please let me know and I'll figure out how to get it to you. It is also available as a paperback, hardcover, and e-book (Kindle format) through Amazon. Of course, you don't have to have read the book to attend. Maybe you couldn't finish it. Maybe you only saw the play on Broadway. Maybe you've been fan of Bechdel's other work (most notably the comic strip, "Dykes to Watch Out For") but haven't gotten around to "Fun Home." Maybe you've never heard of Bechdel or "Fun Home," but want to learn more. It's all good! Please join us! I am listing the Bellmore Bean as our default location for this event, but I'm happy to change that, if the group would like. We could meet at a Panera that has a reservable Community Room, but there's a $50 fee and we'd need everyone to kick in a few bucks. We could also meet in someone's home, but, we'd need a volunteer. Or maybe there other options that I'm unaware of. Do you know a location with guaranteed seating for 12-15 women and with ample free parking? Let me know! Food/drink options are a plus, but I'd like to avoid mandatory purchase minimums, if possible. I really am hoping to move meetings around, so the same people aren't traveling long distances all the time. As always, please get in touch with any questions, comments, or suggestions!