Thanks to the recent cuts in public transportation, members of the MARTA Book Club—the loose
confederation of people who read while riding the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority’s public transportation—have more time to read while waiting for trains and buses (unless their bus line has been cut entirely).
What We Are Reading: Perhaps we will start to see thinner offerings as many MARTA book club members (the only requirement to be a member of MARTA Book Club is to read a book while riding public transportation) must hold and read their book with one hand while standing on the crowded rush hour trains. Purchasing a Kindle is not exactly an option. Here’s a list of books and authors observed since our last MARTA Book Club posting:
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No Fluff Guide To Copywriting: Spend More Time Writing Copy That Gets Results, Less Time Learning How To by Derek Franklin
The Royal Marriages: What Really Goes on in the Private World of the Queen and Her Family by Lady Colin Campbell
Tess of the d'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
Ham on Rye: A Novel by Charles Bukowski,
Disciple of the Dog by Scott Bakker
Novels by Iain Banks, Harlan Coen, Stephen King, Alice Walker, Robert Parker, Stephanie Meyer, Stieg Larsson and Maya Angelou.
My contributions this month are Colson Whitehead’s Sag Harbor, Monster in a Box by Spalding Gray (I picked up a copy for 99 cents at The Book Nook in Decatur), and James Thigpen’s self-published trio of short stories Trapped in the Body of Jesus, which I will be writing more about soon.
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, get to work on time, and complain to anyone who will listen about the short sightedness of our government leaders, MARTA officials and the car-loving public who fails to see the connection between public transportation and congestion on the roads.