Members of the MARTA Book Club, Atlanta's Premier Public Transportation Reading Club, welcome Keith Parker as the new MARTA General Manager/Chief Executive Officer, but even if he improves the lighting at the stations and maintains MARTA's schedule of long waits between trains and buses (allowing us more time to read), we hope that he doesn't expect to automatically be elected as the GM/CEO of our reading group.
You know how reading groups can be sometimes. The strong willed and the vociferous can start recommending books that you don't want to read. That's the beauty of the MARTA reading club. It is very decentralized. The only membership requirement is that you have to read a book while riding Metropolitan Atlanta's Regional Transportation Authority (apartment hunting guides, backs of lottery tickets and word search magazines do not count).
Here's a list of what people have been
reading since the last MARTA #20 posting (for the complete list see
the link of the right of the homepage). Please note that people who
use electronic readers are not included in this list. As you can see
from this Amazon's re-creation of what it looks like to read on
public transportation ascertaining the title on an e-reader is
impossible. Nevertheless, the most unrealistic aspect of this photo
is that no one smiles on MARTA. It's up to Keith Parker to fix that.
If he can, we will consider making him our book club's GM/CEO. And now the List:
Art Beyond the West by Michael Kampen-O'Riley
Black Girl in Paris by Shay Youngblood
The Gods of Eden by William Bramley
Louis Armstrong: An Extravagant Life by Laurence Bergreen
Information Architecture for the World Wide Web: Designing Large-Scale Web Sites by Peter Morville and Louis Rosenfeld
It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership by Colin Powell and Tony Koltz
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
The Round House by Louise Erlich
Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon
Fundamentals of Database Systems by Ramez Elmasri and Shamkan Navathe
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
Children of the Mind by Orson Scott Card
The Time Travelers' Wife by Audrey Niffennegger (Thanks, E.B.)
The Quickie by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
Midnight in Peking by Paul French
Train Dreams by Denis Johnson
Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories; Wild Possibilities by Rebecca Solnit. This is my personal contribution to the club and this 2003 book is a thoughtful little book on how change comes about. We think that it comes top down (like from the President), but Solnit gives numerous examples that is it is people outside the center who actually can and do facilitate change, albeit slowly and not without setbacks.
The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
Maintenance Man by Micheal Baisden
Beautiful Disaster: A Novel by Jaime McGuire
Black Hole by Charles Burns
Black Wind by Clive Cussler
Attitudes of Gratitude: How to Give and Receive Joy Everyday of Your Life by M.J. Ryan
City of Thieves by David Benioff
Books by Jude Deveraux, Molly Harper, Stephen King, T.D. Jakes, Mahfouz Naguib, Lee Child, and Janet Evanovich
More Book Spotting
For more the Atlanta book spotting movement, check out this essay at Like the Dew or you can check the MARTA Book Club link on the right for the complete list.