220 Riverside Avenue , Jacksonville, FL
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.
It is great to have the extra time to read now that I am retired!
i am former history teacher who loves to read
multi-genre reader - history, biographies, leadership, behavioral economics
Always reading a variety of books at once, thanks to Kindle apps.
I want to read more.