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.
So as you
know, Liz and I don't really read young adult books very often, and we
certainly don't read children's books (only because they always kill the dog or
the horse) but I am going to recommend Oveta Culp Hobby: Colonel, Cabinet Member, Philanthropist because it's about a
fascinating woman that I had actually never heard of before last year and I've sold it to hundreds of Texas women and zero children. That only proves that kids simply refuse to read a book that has philanthropist in the title.
May 4th, 1953
Culp Hobby (1905–1995) had a lifetime of stellar achievements. Think I'm kidding? During World War
II, she was asked to build a women’s army from scratch—and did. Let me say that
again, she built a women's army from scratch...so if your thing is a woman in
uniform, you have her to thank (and for some of us she lived out a fantasy). She then became Director of the Women's Army
Corps and the first Army woman to earn the rank of colonel. Yeah, so if your
thing is saluting a woman in uniform...she's your gal.
Eisenhower then chose her as Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare, making her
the second woman in history to be appointed to a President’s cabinet. When the
United States faced an epidemic of three people getting Ebola, she solved the
crisis in a week! Okay, that never happened, I wanted to see if you were paying
wasn’t serving in the government, Hobby worked with her husband, former Texas
governor William P. Hobby, to lead a media empire that included the Houston
Post newspaper and radio and TV stations. Yeah, Rosebud Texas style.
supported the Houston community in many ways, from advocating for civil rights
for African Americans to donating generously to the Houston Symphony and the
Museum of Fine Arts.
question to you, dear reader, is, what the hell are you doing with your
life? (Reading this blog. For shame.)
Debra Winegarten on Saturday in Capital Extension room E2:016 (I've been in
that room and it's fantastic!) at 11:45-12:45. Afterwards, Debra is buying