|The first physical book I've read in ages.|
- It's a book about the New York City subway.
- It's about being a conductor.
- It's set in the 1980's.
As one of the first female conductors at the TA, the author had to deal with a lot of condescension about her capability to perform her job, rude remarks, and sexual advances from coworkers as well as the riding public. She details some of the abuse suffered at the hands of passengers, from merely being spat on to actually being physically assaulted as she was observing the platform at a stop. There was also a big focus on union politics and trying to change things.
Towards the end you can tell that Marian hated her job...and she ultimately ended up deciding that the job wasn't for her and left to go teach in Buffalo. I'm glad she decided to share her story though. This was one of the best books I've read in a while. I definitely recommend it to anyone with even an inkling of interest in the subway, transit, or trains...and even daily commuters. Not that I'm totally qualified to make this statement, but the book definitely gives you an insight into what it actually is to be a conductor and helps dispel the stereotype that all they do is stick their head out the window at stations and press buttons for the doors.
Unfortunately this book isn't available in eBook form (sigh...) and is relatively expensive if bought new, but you can find some decent deals on it used at Amazon. You can also read my review of the book on Goodreads, which is basically just a shorter version of this.