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Vacationland: True Stories from Painful Beaches by John Hodgman
Discussion of Vacationland: True Stories from Painful Beaches by John Hodgman. The meetup will be held at a member's home in Chevy Chase. "Although his career as a bestselling author and on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart was founded on fake news and invented facts, in 2016 that routine didn’t seem as funny to John Hodgman anymore. Everyone is doing it now. Disarmed of falsehood, he was left only with the awful truth: John Hodgman is an older white male monster with bad facial hair, wandering like a privileged Sasquatch through three wildernesses: the hills of Western Massachusetts where he spent much of his youth; the painful beaches of Maine that want to kill him (and some day will); and the metaphoric haunted forest of middle age that connects them. Vacationland collects these real life wanderings, and through them you learn of the horror of freshwater clams, the evolutionary purpose of the mustache, and which animals to keep as pets and which to kill with traps and poison. There is also some advice on how to react when the people of coastal Maine try to sacrifice you to their strange god. Though wildly, Hodgmaniacally funny as usual, it is also a poignant and sincere account of one human facing his forties, those years when men in particular must stop pretending to be the children of bright potential they were and settle into the failing bodies of the wiser, weird dads that they are."

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    A book club for lesbian, gay, bi, trans, and queer people in Silver Spring and surrounding areas. We read a variety of genres, not limited to LGBTQ-themes, and meet once a month to discuss a book and socialize.

    Our book club is way to meet other LGBTQ people in the area for socializing and friendship, and of course to read and discuss books. As a group we read one book a month and then get together to talk about it. Usually we hold the book club meetings at members' homes, on a rotating but voluntary basis. Members suggest books to read and we select upcoming books as a group. We read a variety of genres, primarily fiction — novels and short story collections — with the occasional non-fiction book or memoir. We're not limited to LGBTQ authors or themes, although we do read those too. Generally the person who suggested the book will lead the discussion at the meeting.

    We're currently meeting on the 2nd Thursdays on the month.

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