It’s that time of the year! The leaves are gone. Everything is peppermint flavored. And, there are new books to snuggle up with next to the fireplace. It’s time for BookSparks’ Fall Reading Challenge! Continuing with last year’s university theme, we are in our sophomore year and will be covering a variety of topics from Manipulation Sciences to Supernatural Studies. So, grab some Peppermint Bark, and let’s get started!
Book: Postcards from the Sky: Adventures of an Aviatrix by Erin Seidemann
Course Title: Integrated Aviation
First Line Teaser: I’m an unlikely traveler.
I was just a baby when I took my first flight, and many of my childhood adventures involved getting on planes to fly to far off places. So, I knew I had to review Erin Seidemann’s memoir about becoming a pilot.
In Postcards from the Sky, Erin writes about falling in love with flying despite her motion sickness and her drive to keep flying despite the male-dominated world that balks at women pilots. While I know nothing about flying planes, her book makes me want to learn to fly. The joy and freedom she experiences as a pilot is enough to make anyone jealous.
However, this is not just a story about a girl and her plane. The book could easily have been titled Me, Men, and Planes because many of her relationships are woven throughout her journey as a pilot. In fact, it is encouraging her first boyfriend in the book to take flying lessons that sets her on the path to becoming a pilot. And, it is her instructor/boyfriend who sees her through her pilot’s license. She dates some real losers, but her naivete parallels her ignorance as a young pilot. As she matures as a pilot, she learns more about what she wants in a relationship.
One of my favorite parts of the book is when she buys her first plane and decides to wash it. She deals with a parade of guys confused and intrigued by a girl owning a plane. On one hand, it’s really sad that a woman with a plane is such a novelty. On the other hand, the situation sounds terribly amusing…
I recommend this book for anyone interested in aviation as well as for any readers who like memoirs or are looking for a book brimming with girl power.
This book was sent to me for review and is part of BookSparks Fall Reading Challenge.
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