Choctalking on Other Realities
Author: LeAnne Howe
Publisher: Aunt Lute Books (2013)
The collected stories/essays in Choctalking on Other Realities, by Choctaw author LeAnne Howe, depict with wry humor the contradictions and absurdities that transpire in a life lived crossing cultures and borders. The result is three parts memoir, one part absurdist fiction, and one part marvelous realism. The collection begins with Howe's stint working in the bond business for a Wall Street firm as the only American Indian woman (and 'out' Democrat) in the company, then chronicles her subsequent travels, invited as an American Indian representative and guest speaker, to Indigenous gatherings and academic panels in Jordan, Jerusalem, Romania, and Japan.