When it comes to reading during my commute, my tastes are very eclectic. I spend three to four hours a day on public transportation (I know this sounds insane if you work outside New York City, but it is often simply a part of life here), and I consider this my prime reading time. My favorite commuter books are a solid combination of short stories (better for small bursts of reading between stops), fantasy audiobooks (to hold my attention when the ride is too bumpy to read), and gripping memoirs or historical fiction (so I can enter the life of someone who is not currently on a bus). Here are 5 of the best books that got me from New Jersey to the Port Authority and back again every weekday over the past few months.
Funny, heartbreaking, and lyrical, The Distance Between Us poignantly captures the confusion and contradictions of childhood, reminding us that the joys and sorrows we experience are imprinted on the heart forever, calling out to us of those places we first called home.
As a teenager, Junior is a skilled cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to have a successful future, he attends an all-white farm-town high school where the only other Native American is the school mascot.