What the most literate city in America reads on the bus
Reader: Teri Thomas Age: 47 Occupation: Copywriter Residence: Ballard Bus: Route 15 to downtown, 9:50 a.m.
Book: Before the Legend: The Rise of Bob Marley, by Christopher John Farley State of completion: Page 127 of 224
Plot summary by Amazon.com: This is a portrait of the artist as a young man, from his birth in the tiny town of Nine Miles in the hills of Jamaica to the making of his debut international record, Catch a Fire. We see Marley on the tough streets of Trench Town before he found stardom, struggling to find his way in music, in love, and in life, and we take the wild ride with him to worldwide acceptance and adoration.
Plot summary by Teri: "It's a biography of Bob Marley."
The hook: "I've been a fan of Bob Marley and reggae since 1976, when I first heard '3 O'Clock Roadblock' and I really like reading biographies."
Critique: "I've read a lot of other Marley stuff and this is really good. There's a lot of history of reggae and Rastafarianism, and also of Bob Marley in America. Did you know he lived in Delaware and worked at a Chrysler plant? He drove a forklift."
Afterward: "It's kind of funny that the author's name rhymes with 'Marley.' He says in the book that he wanted to name his son Marley, but then it would've been Marley Farley."