Friday, November 10, 2017, 8:00 pm
Presented by Odyssey Bookshop and the Shea Theater. Tickets are $35.00 each and include a copy of John Hodgman's new book: VACATIONLAND


VACATIONLAND: True Stories from Painful Beaches follows John’s journeys as a very citified only child nerd, navigating three distinct wildernesses where he does not belong. One, rural Western Massachusetts where he spent much of his youth; two, coastal Maine, home to the most painful beaches on earth (a place that John is certain will someday kill him) and lastly, the metaphoric wildernesses of middle-age.

In typical John Hodgman fashion, these stories of middle life cover wide and strange ground, such as:

§ The evolutionary purpose of the mustache, which Hodgman decides is a way to tell the world that, with a marriage and two children under his belt, he’s done being attractive to the opposite sex

§ Accepting the fact that he is not an indestructible human whom death will never touch

§ Why humans should never eat fudge or freshwater clams

§ How to react when the people of Maine try to sacrifice you to their strange god

VACATIONLAND is hilarious, brilliant, and full of the weird and fascinating stories that John Hodgman has become known for. But more than that, VACATIONLAND is an incredibly poignant and honest 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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