It's almost been ten months since our last book club posting (MARTA Book Club #30) and a few of you have asked:
A.) Is anyone reading on Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) buses and trains any more, or B:) has the secretary of the MARTA Book Club become too lazy to record what people are reading while they are riding public transit?
Quite frankly, it has been a combination of the two. For a while, I just didn't see people reading much in the way of books. E-readers like Kindle seemed to have disappeared from the platforms as well. Time spent watching videos on phones seems to have increased though I don't quite see the pleasure of watching a dazzling dance number complete with stage lighting and gyrating music on a two by three inch screen.
Combine this media consumption trend to my lack of investigative fortitude and you can understand why there has been dearth of titles and subsequent postings.
But enough of the excuses. I have made a concerted effort lately. So here's a list -- a small resurrection, if you will, of what people have been reading in Atlanta the past few weeks:
It Can't Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis and Michael Meyer.
Selected Commercial Statutes for Secured Transactions by Carol Chomsky and Christina Kunz (This month's winner of the Hefty Book Award).
Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace (second place winner of the Hefty Book Award).
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson.
Personal: A Jack Reacher Novel by Lee Child.
Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett.
Door to Door: The Magnificent, Maddening Mysterious World of Transportation by Edward Hume. This was my offering. In this book, Hume reveals the intricate and tenuous nature of our transportation network from shipping containers at the Port of Los Angeles to home delivery. He writes about the economic costs, the human costs (16 pedestrians are killed each day in the U.S.) and the environmental costs. Saying our infrastructure needs to be rebuilt is one thing, but doing it is something entirely different. One can start by reading this book.
Flash Point: A Wall Street Revolt by Michael Lewis.
Outcast, Vol. 3: A Little Light by Robert Kirkman and Elizabeth Brietweiser.
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. (of course, considering it's just been released as a movie)
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Game of Thrones by George W. Martin
The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeanette Walls
Perhaps this is not much of a effort compared past lists but you can can contribute by adding a book in this posting's comments section.