What Did DC Read in October?


Welcome to this month’s round-up of what DC commuters read on public transit (plus a few observations of the readers themselves 🙂 )

A few comments before we start:
– I noticed a lot of people reading, but had a very difficult time seeing the titles of all the books. Mostly this was because the formats were eBooks and titles don’t automatically appear at the top of the page
– I didn’t see many dudes with books this month. Let’s step it up, guys!

Here’s what DC read in October 2016:

kings-curseBook: The King’s Curse, by Phillipa Gregory
From the publisher: The final novel in the Cousins’ War seriesRegarded as yet another threat to the volatile King Henry VII’s claim to the throne, Margaret is buried in marriage to a steady and kind Tudor supporter — Sir Richard Pole, governor of Wales. But her quiet life is changed forever when she becomes the trusted friend and advisor to Arthur, the young Prince of Wales, and his beautiful bride, Katherine of Aragon. Margaret destiny, as an heiress to the Plantagenets, is not for a life in the shadows.

Reader: Woman in mid-thirties with blonde hair pulled back into a severe ponytail (bedecked with a scrunchie), wearing red pants, gray sweater, and carrying a Vera Bradley purse.


peoples-historyBook: A People’s History of the United States, by Howard Zinn
From the publisher: Known for its lively, clear prose as well as its scholarly research, A People’s History of the United States is the only volume to tell America’s story from the point of view of—and in the words of—America’s women, factory workers, African-Americans, Native Americans, the working poor, and immigrant laborers. As historian Howard Zinn shows, many of our country’s greatest battles—the fights for a fair wage, an eight-hour workday, child-labor laws, health and safety standards, universal suffrage, women’s rights, racial equality—were carried out at the grassroots level, against bloody resistance.

Reader: Pleasantly plump woman in her twenties with blonde hair in a high bun, wearing a leather jacket, black pencil skirt and black flats, and carrying a large tote-style purse.


hillbilly-elegyBook: Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, by J.D. Vance
From the publisher: Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis—that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over forty years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

Reader: Twenty-something woman with long, straight brown hair, white cabled sweater, black skirt with black knee-high boots, and earbuds in.


night-fallBook: Night Fall, by Nelson DeMille
From the publisher: John Corey, former NYPD homicide detective, assigned to the Federal Anti-Terrorist Task Force in the pre-millennium 90’s, makes a return appearance in a thoughtful novel offering an alternative to the government’s “official” position on what really happened to TWA Flight 800, which crashed off the Long Island coast in the summer of 1996.

Reader: Middle-aged woman with frizzy blond hair, tortoise shell glasses and a large purple backpack.


What did you read in October? Share in the comments!

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