Lately I have been somewhat of a slacker as the self-designated official secretary of the MARTA Book Club* but I am not going to apologize. In addition to my recording duties as club secretary, I have been reporting to officials the street lamp outages throughout the metro area. I will spare you the painful details.
I have been reading some Noam Chomsky lately, so I know that I must keep complaining about the lights near the MARTA stations to affect change. For example, all three lights at the busy 10th Street Techwood intersection (shown in the photo) are out. Such poor visibility makes it more likely that Atlanta drivers will not see pedestrians, especially during these daylight-shortened months.
Now back to our regular MARTA Book Club meeting notes.
What People on the Move Are Reading
Now just in time for holiday gift giving is a list of what people have been reading on public transportation since the last posting. And keep in mind this list is just as suitable as any retailer's similar list of end-of-the-year book recommendations.
Southern Wildflowers by Lucille Parker
Dead Doctors Don’t Like by Joel D. Wallach and Ma Lan
Truro: The Story of a Cape Cod Town by Richard F. Whalen
The Crossing by Michael Connelly
American Salvage by Bonnie Jo Campbell
Son of a Witch by Gregory Maguire
Is Elvis Alive? By Gail-Brewer-Giorgio
Super Sad True Love Story: A Novel by Gary Shteyngart
David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell
The Water is Wide: A Memoir by Pat Conroy
The Wright Brothers by David McCullough
The Psychology of Selling by Bryon Tracey
The Martian by Andy Weir
Blood and Thunder: The Epic Story of Kit Carson and the Conquest of the American West by Hampton Sides
Like Sheep Gone Astray by Leslie J. Sherrod (The Steamiest cover)
In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror and an American Family in Berlin by Erik Larson
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Imperial Ambitions: Conversations on the Post-9/11 World by Noam Chomsky and David Barsmian. As mentioned, this is one of my contributions. Though written in 2005, it's relevance has not diminished especially in light of the political maelstrom that has followed the attack on Paris.
Lucky Alan and Other Stories (2014) by Jonathan Lethem
Why Women Love Jerks by Patrick King
Mission Accomplished by Oliver North
Aging Backwards: Reverse the Aging Process and Look Ten Years Younger in 30 Minutes a Day by Miranda Esmonde-White. Note: Be cautious who you would gift this book to.
Books by Tom Clancy, Dennis Lehane, Lemony Snicket, Cormac McCarthy
*This premier club is open to anyone who reads a book on a Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority bus or train. For a complete history of the club, visit the MARTA book club category link of the blog.