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From the suburban Midwest to New York City to the 1968 riots that rocked Chicago and beyond, The Nix explores—with sharp humor and a fierce tenderness—the resilience of love and home, even in times of radical change. It’s 2011, and Samuel Andresen-Anderson—college professor, stalled writer—has a Nix of his own: his mother, Faye. He hasn’t seen her in decades, not since she abandoned the family when he was a boy. Now she’s re-appeared, having committed an absurd crime that electrifies the nightly news, beguiles the internet, and inflames a politically divided country. The media paints Faye as a radical hippie with a sordid past, but as far as Samuel knows, his mother was an ordinary girl who married her high-school sweetheart. Which version of his mother is true? Two facts are certain: she’s facing some serious charges, and she needs Samuel’s help. To save her, Samuel will have to embark on his own journey, uncovering long-buried secrets about the woman he thought he knew, secrets that stretch across generations and have their origin all the way back in Norway, home of the mysterious Nix. As he does so, Samuel will confront not only Faye’s losses but also his own lost love, and will relearn everything he thought he knew about his mother, and himself.
Double Feature this month! --- #1 --- Hiroshima Diary: The Journal of a Japanese Physician, August 6-September 30,[masked]st Edition by Michihiko Hachiya The late Dr. Michihiko Hachiya was director of the Hiroshima Communications Hospital when the world's first atomic bomb was dropped on the city. Though his responsibilities in the appalling chaos of a devastated city were awesome, he found time to record the story daily, with compassion and tenderness. His compelling diary was originally published by the UNC Press in 1955, with the help of Dr. Warner Wells of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who was a surgical consultant to the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission and who became a friend of Dr. Hachiya. In a new foreword, John Dower reflects on the enduring importance of the diary fifty years after the bombing. --- #2 (optional read) --- How to Talk to Your Cat About Gun Safety: And Abstinence, Drugs, Satanism, and Other Dangers That Threaten Their Nine Lives by Zachary Auburn Long gone are the good old days when a cat’s biggest worries were mean dogs or a bath. Modern cats must confront satanists, online predators, the possibility of needing to survive in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, and countless other threats to their nine lives. For over four decades, the American Association of Patriots have stood at the vanguard of our country's defense by helping to prepare our nation's cat owners for the difficult conversations they dread having with their pets. Written in a simple Q&A format, How to Talk to Your Cat About Gun Safety answers crucial questions such as, “What is the right age to talk to my cat about the proper use of firearms?” and “What are the benefits of my cat living a lifestyle of abstinence?” and especially “Why does my cat need to use the internet? Can’t he just play with yarn like cats used to do?” Our country—and our cats—stand at a precipice. It will take courage, and it will take hard work, but armed with the knowledge within these pages, we can make our cats—and America—great again!
Your co-organizers were discussing the overall interest for this seminal work and decided to hold a separate meetup after our regular May meetup. This is a separate RSVP for those interested in a critical analysis for the story. We'll be discussing Chuck Tingle's modern and influential short story entitled "Slammed In The Butthole By My Concept Of Linear Time". If there are any experts in physics, time, or anything related please let us know in advance as we would love to leverage your expertise on the concepts put forth in the story. It's also available as a podcast for free on the internet. https://radiopublic.com/pounded-in-the-butt-by-my-own-pod-60awDv/ep/s1!ecf07 Please come prepared with quotes from the story that personally moved you and we'll be taking volunteers for dramatic readings from the book. Also, be kind to our venue and buy some drinks for the discussion. =) ______ "When Rhondok’s co-worker becomes gravely ill, the businessman is forced to cover for his friend at the quarterly investors meeting. With only hours to learn the research, however, Rhondok falls short and gets fired in the process. But when Rhondok realizes that this mysterious research project is actually a time machine, he hatches a plan to go back and make things right. Soon Rhondok is traveling through time and space, uncovering secrets of the Tingleverse that must be seen to be believed. What could possibly connect Rhondok to a billionaire jet plane, a bigfoot lawyer, a vampire night bus and an author in Billings named Chuck Tingle? Read to find out!"