The Feminist and the Cowboy: An Unlikely Love Story
By Alisa Valdes
Gotham Books, 2013. 306 pages. Nonfiction.
I know what you're thinking already: no way this is nonfiction. And I readily admit that the title and the cover art make it seem much more appropriate to the romance shelves than in the venerable aisles of nonfiction. But this is, in fact, the real life love story of Alisa Valdes, one of the most influential modern Hispanic writers and a card-carrying, strident feminist, with a ranch-bound, conservative cowboy who insists on opening doors and walking between her and traffic on the sidewalk, despite her protests of outrage. More importantly, this is about how they make their romance work, coming from two such widely different worlds, and come to see how polarized they have become in their opinions.
Valdes has a knack to her writing that makes it very personable and easy to read. And yet she is sharing a lot of very personal information about her past, her relationship, and her need to change in order to find happiness. What this book does best is make you think about how social and political opinions affect personal lives and wonder if, maybe, it is time for you to make some radical changes in thinking much like Valdes does. This is definitely not for anyone who will object to strong language and considerable innuendo.