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.
Although Richard Bausch is a worker of miracles, he just
might be the most underrated male writer at work today.Bausch writes beautifully; his characters are
complex and so true to life that even after finishing a short story, you feel
as though it was a full-length novel.
I think the first book I read by Bausch was Someone to Watch Over Me, which I loved
(I purchased this book in Mississippi, strange the things we remember), but the
book that absolutely won me over was Wives
& Lovers: 3 Short Novels. These novellas hit me in the gut. See for
yourself: go to a bookstore and open the book up and read the novella, “Rare
& Endangered Species.”Trust me, you’ll
spend the $15 on this book and then you will be back for more.When you’re done with that book, move on to Peace; it’s a tremendous read.
Also, if you want to be exactly like me, after you’ve read a
few Richard Bausch, pick up The White
Rooster and Other Stories, fall in love with that book, and only later
realize that it’s not a Richard Bausch book, but a Robert Bausch book. The bastard
has a twin brother who is a fantastic writer as well. Finally, go into debt
buying Bausch books. It’s worth it.