I am, it seems, always reading more than one book at a time. Usually because, at the very least, in addition to the book I am reading, I am also listening to a book on CD in the car as I drive places. Tonight on my way home from the church I finished listening to My Life as a Traitor by Zarah Ghahramani. This book chronicles the story of her growing up in Iran under the Islamic regime, her student activism protesting that regime, and her arrest, imprisonment and torture as the penalty she paid for that protest and activism. The book is co-authored by Australian reporter Robert Hillman who helped Ghahramani escape Iran after her release from prison.
“I want my pink shoes!” is her protest slogan. “That would be enough,” she writes, “for once the mullahs conceded my right to wear pink shoes, so much that is good and kind and wise and just plain human would follow.”