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but not Narrow Pick up your FREE copy at over 200 locations in Austin & Houston. For further information call 512.476.0576 or 713.521.5822 for such passages. This is a survival story, as compelling as that of any shipwreck or plane crash, and everywhere it is spiced with the candid view a child has of the exceptional, the bizarre, rendered in the same matter-of-fact manner as the commonplace: One old lady we called Aunt Gnat had lost her teeth so long ago she hardly had gums. Did having no teeth stop her from eating? No! That old lady ate everything soft or hard, cooked or raw, living or dead. She cracked bones faster than Sugar Ray’s dogs. She said she didn’t need teeth and didn’t want anybody pretending to take care of her by running her business. All she needed was the Lord! With the Lord, she said, she could gum herself all the way to hell and eat every roasted body down there, including the Devil himself! This might have been a mighty witness to the power of faith, but as Aunt Gnat held with a healthy respect for the collection plate would invite Aunt Gnat to testify. Even Bigmama, for all her levelheaded realism, would not handle money with her bare hands, and fished it instead from her treasury with tweezers held in her whitegloved hands, until a friend brought her some surgical gloves for handling the odious currency. It would be years before a child who witnessed such a thing will learn the word “phobia.” Nash poses a final, Bryan-specific mystery: what does an Aggie look like? It is said they look a bit like the boys at Allen Academy, whose tall back fence borders Candy Hill. At the theater Nash sees a few, buzz-cut white heads, looking identical from the vantage of the colored balcony. How can they tell one another apart? she wonders. It is not until 1977 that an Aggie looks like Sunny Nash. Lars Eighner is the author of Travels with Lizbeth, Pawn to Queen Four, and other books. 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