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Talk transportation-rela­ted books over Sunday brunch

  • Hobnob

    220 Riverside Avenue , Jacksonville, FL (map)

    30.322941 -81.672867

  • We will be in the semi-private room
  • We're combining the evening format and coffee shop meetings for weekend brunch until Daylight Savings comes back around. 

    The theme for the last meeting of 2016 is “transportation”. This overlaps with travel, but isn’t exactly the same since we are looking at infrastructure and vehicles more than experiencing different people and places. In the holiday spirit, I have avoided all books primarily about crashes, disasters, etc. I've tried to come up with a good mix of old and recent, literary and technological.

    1)  Beryl Markham’s classic aviation memoir “West with the Night”  

     2)  One of those classics that you might (or might not) have done a book report on, but great if you want to know what shipboard life on a merchant ship was really like day -to-day in the 1830s. Richard Henry Dana’s “Two Years Before the Mast.”  Free in assorted e-book and audio formats.   

    3) The authoritative account of a great leap in navigation, “Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time” by Dava Sobel.

     4) Practical and entertaining info about modern airline travel, “Cockpit Confidential” by Patrick Smith.

     5) A short collection of essays about urban environments and infrastructure, “Sidewalks”  by Valeria  Luiselli  

    6) A new book whose title is self explanatory,  “The Big Roads: The Untold Story of the Engineers, Visionaries, and Trailblazers who Created the American Superhighways” by Earl Swift.  

    7) "You Are Here: From the Compass to GPS, the History and Future of How We Find Ourselves" by Hiawatha Bray.

    If you have an on-theme book you’d like me to add to the list, feel free to email me or post it in the discussion area for this meeting. I do ask that you  suggest a book  ONLY if you are committed to coming to the meeting, and have either already read the book you suggest or will read it before the meeting. 

    If the all of the places are filled when you respond, please join the wait list. There turn out to be available spaces for everyone who wants to come 90% of the time, with enough advance  time to read a book.

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  • Dave B

    I think I can do this. I can quick re-read Two years Before the Mast and I remember parts of Moby Dick. And I actually do know what shipboard life is like on a merchant ship, the S.S. Mobilian, 1973.


  • Bonnie S.

    I've just changed my RSVP to NO, since I find I have to work that day. I'm sorry to miss the meeting and hope you all have a good discussion.

    2 days ago

  • Anne

    Possible January 2017 topics:

    1) Memoirs published in 2016 (there are quite a few good ones).

    2) Memoirs published 50 or more years ago. 3) Hollywood (and the rest of the world of movies) in history, memoir, fiction, and biography.

    4) Newcomers (immigrants, kids fresh off the farm, and everyone else) in the big city. I'm thinking it might be good to limit to NYC becasue there's such a big body of literature. Again, history, memoir, fiction, and biography.

    Please share your reactions to these on this board. I have researched all of them to some extent so other suggestions are welcome but will probably apply to later meetings. Specific book recommendations within the topics would be great.

    3 days ago

    • Anne

      Older memoirs are frequently in the public domain. Emperors, saints, former slaves, artists, and of course writers and politicians had things to say about their lives.

      3 days ago

  • Alan F.

    We won't be able to attend. Trina read "Sidewalks" and enjoyed it. She liked the way the the different vignettes wove together into a common thread.

    1 · 4 days ago

    • Anne

      Sorry we don't get to see you and Trina this time, but glad she enjoyed to "Sidewalks." See you both in 2017, happy holidays!

      3 days ago

  • Marcie T.

    I am reading The Big Roads

    5 days ago

  • james c.

    Reading two years before the mast

    5 days ago

  • Dagmar

    Will this be during their Sunday brunch hours or regular dinner hours? Was trying to find menus - not as easy on line as you would expect.

    1 · November 28

  • David P.

    I'm reading "Big Roads" and Barb is reading "You are Here".

    1 · November 23

  • Anne

    Based on conversation with a manager about the room capacity, I upped the attendance limit to 18, but there's no more room for expansion. As of now, everyone who was waiting has a space.

    3 · November 17

  • Renee G.

    My +1 (Brian) is reading The Big Roads. I'm sticking with You Are Here.

    2 · November 14

  • Anne

    The follwing is a shorter version of the all-member email I sent a few minutes ago.

    We'll continue with the weekend brunch unified meeting through March, then branch back out to evening and coffee shop dual meeting tracks. Feel free to suggest venues for brunch and dinner meetings. We look for varied menu, vegetarian options and a choice of full meals or lighter fare, moderate noise level, and beer and wine or full bar service. Local ownership and somewhat central location are also strong pluses. Likewise, topic suggestions are always welcome. We look for topics that are broad enough to encompass old and new nonfiction and fiction, and that avoid the overtly political. If you are new, before you suggest a topic please scroll back through the last couple of years’ meetings to see what’s been covered recently and the kinds of topics that work. Post any suggestions in this area, or email them to me.

    November 14

  • Katherine

    I am going to try "Big Roads"

    1 · November 2

  • Susan E.

    From the Compass to GPS, the History and Future of How We Find Ourselves" by Hiawatha Bray.

    1 · November 2

  • Bonnie S.

    I promise I'll be at the brunch again this year. Will probably read "Cockpit Confidential." However, I've also read David Baldacci's "The Christmas Train" and would love to discuss it with anyone else who has or would read it.

    1 · November 2

  • Elisa

    I am reading Two Years Before The Mast.

    1 · November 1

  • Dagmar

    Plan to read Beryl Markham's memoir- sounds interesting!

    2 · October 29

  • Renee G.

    I'm reading You Are Here by Hiawatha Bray.

    1 · October 29

  • Jeannie E.

    John is reading "The Big Roads".

    I am reading "West with the Night".

    Lois is reading "You Are Here".

    1 · October 29

  • Anne

    I haven't read 3,5, and 6 on the list...yet. I've read the others.

    October 29

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  • Anne
    Exalted empress or friendly faciliator, take your pick, Organizer,
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    I like to read! I like to talk! I like to listen! ! If... more

  • Dave B

    I read a lot and I read to learn and for entertainment.­ Just moved here from... more

  • Marcie T.

    It is great to have the extra time to read now that I am retired!

  • james c.

    i am former history teacher who loves to read

  • Renee G. +1

    multi-genre reader - history, biographies, leadership, behavioral economics

  • David P. +1

    Always reading a variety of books at once, thanks to Kindle apps.

  • Susan E.

    I want to read more.

  • Dagmar

    Love to read good literature- both fiction & non fiction. Have... more

  • Elisa

    I love to read both fiction and nonfiction, and am always looking for new books... more

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