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.
co-owns Left Bank Books and is married to our previous poster Kris Kleindienst.
We pestered and annoyed Jarek until he agreed to share his favorite book of the
year (so far), and frankly we were a little disappointed the guy caved. Good
thing, though, because he picked a fantastic book, probably the most interesting
I would like to give a shout out
to an earlier book by Boylan called She’s
Not There: A Life in Two Genders. Why
we haven’t written about this book is further proof we stink because she’s a
really wonderful writer.
Here we go,
Jarek’s favorite book of the year so far:
Stuck in the Middle with You: A Memoir
of Parenting in Three Genders by Jennifer Finney Boylan.
Jennifer Finney Boylan
spoke to me on a lot of levels, both because I'm a parent and because I'm
transgender, but the story is more complicated than that, just as all humans
are more complicated than the sum of our parts.
When her two
children were young, Boylan came out as transgender.She transitioned from a man to a woman and
from a father to a mother.Though my
journey was the opposite of hers, and might be even more foreign to some
readers, it worth the read.You will not
come away from this story without at least a few of your notions challenged.
Kris and Jarek, owners of Left Bank Books St. Louis, MO