Like most riders, members of the MARTA book club have mixed – if not hostile – feelings about the current transportation referendum. Club members who have read such books as David Owen's Green Metropolis: Why Living Smaller, Living Closer, and Driving Less Are the Keys to Sustainability (2010) or Tom Vanderbilt's Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What it Says About Us) (2008) know that building more roads is not the solution, but driving less is. But driving less requires better public transportation and anyone who uses public transportation in metro Atlanta (about 4 percent of the 2 million workers) knows that the “user experience” has a lot to be desired (stations that feel like Turkish baths in the summer, long waits for trains and buses, and the worse thing – tortuous Muzak versions of “I Could Have Dance All Night” and “The Long and Winding Road” playing in the background).
Still the biggest plus for public transportation in Atlanta is all the time you get to read, which is the only membership requirement for the MARTA Book Club. There are no meeting times, no organizational rules, no t-shirts, and no dues. Very convenient.
What We Have Been Reading
It's been a couple months since our last MARTA Book Club compilation (see the links category for all the lists) and there is much reading on the train to report. We regret since we cannot determine the title, electronic books are not tabulated.
A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose by Eckhart Tolle
Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong by James W. Loewen
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
7 Steps to Better Chess by Eric Schiller
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Canada by Richard Ford My offering this month. Ford's lengthy book about a fifteen year old's long journey from a Montana childhood to young adulthood in Saskatchewan has the page count, but not intellectual oomph and satisfaction of his other novels, Independence Day or Lay of the Land.
East by Edith Pattou
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Black Robes, White Justice by Bruce Wright