Liz and Gianna are two of a dying breed--traveling sales reps for book publishers--who sell books in Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, and the Deep South. Since we're constantly on the road hawking books, we must find ways to amuse ourselves. So here we've decided to share our anecdotes, adventures, favorite books, and efforts in making the world (or at least these few states) a more literate place to inhabit.
We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families. Because it happens again and again and again while we debate what genocide really is.
Possessing the Secret of Joy by Alice Walker
This novel swirls around the issue of performing ritual acts as a cultural right, specifically female genital mutilation. While there are big political issues involved--does Western cultural hegemony give us the authority to dictate imperatives to other cultures around the world?--I cannot get around the descriptions of a woman tortured in order to belong. Before rushing to judge, though, consider the infant boys circumcised in this country every day. It's a tough subject and one that hasn't really changed much since Walker wrote her book 20 years ago.