Friday, September 18, 2015

FLIGHTS OF FANCY



Books about the history of flight and flyers have always tickled the fancy of readers who enjoy adventure, inventions and the romance of taking off into the unknown. There are two books on the bestseller list right now about aviation and both are great for armchair daredevils. One is non-fiction and one is fiction and both be can be found on the New Book shelves at the Monrovia Public Library.
 
Much loved biographer David McCullough, author of fascinating and popular books about John Adams, Teddy Roosevelt and Harry Truman, has written another wonderful book about America and great Americans. The Wright Brothers is far more than just a recounting of two brothers who pioneered human flight, but is a deeply researched work that shares how the brothers’ parents and family nurtured their creative and scientific thinking. Here McCullough is once again the masterful storyteller sharing little known details. Readers will quickly consume this page-turning and exceptional history. 
 
Author Paula McClain follows up her historical fiction title and book group favorite The Paris Wife, about Hadley Richardson, Ernest Hemingway’s first spouse, with Circling the Sun. This novel is about Beryl Markham, the first woman to fly solo east to west across the Atlantic Ocean. The year was 1936 and the English aviator had already grown up in Kenya, raced horses and had a job as a bush pilot. The story blends fact and fiction and captures the remarkable childhood that allowed Ms. Markham to grow up without boundaries and go on to make flight history. The author’s take on the flier’s familial and romantic relationships also help make this novel one that is not easily put down. You might also want to check out Ms. Markham’s autobiography West With the Night.

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