For anyone remotely interested in regional transportation issues check out the MARTA Book Club's Book of the Month, David Owen's Green Metropolis: Why Living Smaller, Living Closer and Driving Less are the Keys to Sustainability. Now that Oprah's Book Club will soon be sunk into anonymity, the MARTA Book Club – a loose— very loose— confederation of people who read while riding the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority’s public transportation – is ready to fill the void.
The premise of Owen's book is that the greenest city in America is New York City, because the population density and smaller domiciles coupled with the availability of alternative methods of transportation makes it --- based on energy consumption per capita – a model metropolis (in terms of its environmental sensibilities) . Owens looks at cities throughout the world (including Atlanta), talks about the paradoxes of green consumerism and that the real solutions are relatively simple, except they require a change in mindset of a planet and their relationship with the automobile (not so simple).
If you read this book while riding MARTA you will feel very good about yourself and you will be eligible to join the MARTA Book Club. There are no meeting times, no organizational rules, no t-shirts, and no special fares. Very convenient.
What We Are Reading: Here's what other people just are reading since our last posting. We regret since we cannot determine the title of a electronic book they are not tabulated. If want to see all the MARTA Book Club postings, just visit the links to the category MARTA on the right side of this web page.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
The Whole World Over by Julia Glass
Grace (Eventually) Thought on Faith by Anne Lamott
Debt Cures They Don't Want You to Know About by Kevin Trudeau
Wolf Hall: A Novel by Hilary Mantel
Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life (P.S.) by Barbara Kingsolver
Doo Hickey: A Novel by Pete Hautman
The Lost by J.D. Robb, et.al