For those unfamiliar with the group, the MARTA Book Club is a loose— very loose— confederation of people who read while riding the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority’s public transportation. There are no meeting times, no organizational rules, no t-shirts, and no special fares. Very convenient. The only requirement to be a member of MARTA Book Club is to read a book while riding public transportation.
What We Are Reading: Sightings of books were down since my last MARTA posting. There are two reasons for this: a.) In the summer I ride the train less because the Atlanta heat and humidity will soak my shirt before I get to work and b.) I lost one of my note cards that I use to record books. If anyone has found it an index card with scribbles on it, just add it in Comments. Here’s an abridged version of what MARTA riders are reading:
A Hand to Guide Me by Daniel Paisner
Controlling the Tongue: Mastering the What, When, & Why of the Words You Speak by R. T. Kendall
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
The Body Farm (Scarpetta) by Patricia Cornwell
Hot Blooded by Lisa Jackson
The Strain by Guillermo Del Toro, Chuck Hogan, and Ron Perlman
Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man: What Men Really Think About Love, Relationships, Intimacy, and Commitment by Steve Harvey
Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert
The Ikea Catalog by Ikea. Why not? It’s thick and a great companion book to the Steig Larsson series
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
Take It By Force by Judy Jacobs
The Gentle Art of Blessing: A Simple Practice That Will Transform You and Your World by Pierre Pradervand
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
A People's History of the United States: 1492 to Present by Howard Zinn
The Truth about Leadership: The No-fads, Heart-of-the-Matter Facts You Need to Know by James M. Kouzes, Barry Z. Posner
My contributions are This Republic of Suffering and the American Civil War by Drew Gilpin Faust and The Unprofessionals by Julie Hecht. Hecht is funny writer but in a dry, understated way. I liked her book of short stories Does the Window Open better, but The Unprofessionals deals with some serious issues such as the inability of professionals to help those who suffer from mental duress.
What members thought: Readers are encouraged to keep their thoughts (and eyes) to themselves. No time is wasted talking about books when you could be reading.
Next assignment: Keep reading, and get to work on time