Aaaand we’re back with DC Commuter Reading! Sorry for the hiatus… I don’t really have a good excuse except that I kept falling asleep on my bus.
So, welcome to this month’s round-up of what commuters from the District read on public transit, plus observations of the readers themselves. Maybe it’s you… 🙂
Here’s what DC read in February 2017:
Book: Eva Moves the Furniture, by Margot Livesey
From the publisher: On the morning of Eva McEwen’s birth, six magpies congregate in the apple tree outside the window–a bad omen, according to Scottish legend. That night, Eva’s mother dies, leaving her to be raised by her aunt and heartsick father in their small Scottish town. As a child, Eva is often visited by two companions–a woman and a girl–invisible to everyone else save her. As she grows, their intentions become increasingly unclear: Do they wish to protect or harm her?
Reader: Woman in her mid-30s, white with blonde hair pulled up in clip, wearing iridescent headphones and a black tweed skirt.
Book: Sisterland, by Curtis Sittenfeld
From the Follett: Identical twins Kate and Violet have always been different–able to sense other people’s secrets and know about future events. As they grew up, Vi embraced her gift and pursued a career as a pyschic medium, while Kate denied it and settled down with a family. An earthquake in their hometown of Saint Louis and Vi’s vision of a more devastating quake to come, however, force Kate to reconcile the strained relationship with her twin and come to grips with the truth about herself.
Reader: Middle-aged, white woman with puffy, wavy short brown hair, wearing black pants, sneakers and coat. Also sporting thick-rimmed glasses and a reddish-orange backpack
Book: The Dictator’s Handbook: Why Bad Behavior is Almost Always Good Politics, by Bruce Bueno De Mequita
From the publisher: Leaders do whatever keeps them in power. They don’t care about the “national interest”–or even their subjects–unless they have to. This clever and accessible book shows that the difference between tyrants and democrats is just a convenient fiction. Governments do not differ in kind but only in the number of essential supporters, or backs that need scratching. The size of this group determines almost everything about politics: what leaders can get away with, and the quality of life or misery under them. The picture the authors paint is not pretty. But it just may be the truth, which is a good starting point for anyone seeking to improve human governance
Reader: Man in his mid-30s, African American, wearing thick black-framed glasses, black hoodie and red polo shirt. Also carrying a leather bag with one strap.
Book: Daring Greatly, by Brene Brown
From the publisher: Daring Greatly is not about winning or losing. It s about courage. In a world where never enough dominates and feeling afraid has become second nature, vulnerability is subversive. Uncomfortable. It s even a little dangerous at times. And, without question, putting ourselves out there means there’s a far greater risk of getting criticized or feeling hurt. But when we step back and examine our lives, we will find that nothing is as uncomfortable, dangerous, and hurtful as standing on the outside of our lives looking in and wondering what it would be like if we had the courage to step into the arena whether it’s a new relationship, an important meeting, the creative process, or a difficult family conversation. Daring Greatly is a practice and a powerful new vision for letting ourselves be seen.”
Reader: White woman in her early forties with reddish brown hair in loose curls, wearing a polka dot dress, black flip-flops, black cardigan and cat-eye glasses and carrying a Vera Bradley tote.
A few other titles folks are reading:
The Merlin Prophecy: Book One, by M.K. Hume
Last Rituals: A Novel of Suspense, by Yrsa Sigurdardottir
Grand Strategy of the Byzantine Empire, by Edward N. Luttwak
Raven Black: Book One of the Shetland Island Quartet, by Ann Cleeves
What did you read in February? Share in the comments below!
Book cover images from www.amazon.com.