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.
When I left Random House a year ago, they made me give back my
American Express and my Jeep Liberty. What I took with me, however, was better: Karen
Valby’s Welcome to Utopia.
Karen Valby is a senior writer at Entertainment Weekly,
where she was originally given the assignment to find a town in America that
had not been influenced by popular culture.
She found Utopia.
We’ve written about this book several times on the blog, but now
that it is available from University of Texas Press in paperback I thought we
should give it another mention.
Valby’s Welcome to Utopia has been compared to
Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio, Larry McMurtry’s The Last Picture
Show, Thorton Wilder’s Our Town, and the mother load… Harper Lee’s To
Kill a Mockingbird. Augusten Burroughs also called it a “masterpiece of
narrative nonfiction,” so you know…if you like that sort of thing you may
want to pick this up.
The paperback includes (in addition to the fabulous new cover) a
new afterword that I asked Karen to write, and a reading guide that will keep
your book group talking long into the evening. And you know the longer your
book group talks, the more you get to drink.