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Fly Girls
Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History | Keith O'Brien
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The untold story of five women who fought to compete against men in the high-stakes national air races of the 1920s and 1930s and won Between the world wars, no sport was more popular, or more dangerous, than airplane racing. Thousands of fans flocked to multi?day events, and cities vied with one another to host them. The pilots themselves were hailed as dashing heroes who cheerfully stared death in the face. Well, the men were hailed. Female pilots were more often ridiculed than praised for what the press portrayed as silly efforts to horn in on a manly, and deadly, pursuit. Fly Girls recounts how a cadre of women banded together to break the original glass ceiling: the entrenched prejudice that conspired to keep them out of the sky. OBrien weaves together the stories of five remarkable women: Florence Klingensmith, a high?school dropout who worked for a dry cleaner in Fargo, North Dakota; Ruth Elder, an Alabama divorcee; Amelia Earhart, the most famous, but not necessarily the most skilled; Ruth Nichols, who chafed at the constraints of her blue?blood familys expectations; and Louise Thaden, the mother of two young kids who got her start selling coal in Wichita. Together, they fought for the chance to race against the men and in 1936 one of them would triumph in the toughest race of all. Like Hidden Figures and Girls of Atomic City, Fly Girls celebrates a little-known slice of history wherein tenacious, trail-blazing women braved all obstacles to achieve greatness.
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Samplergal
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Pickpick

Well researched and well written, the author tries to do too much in this book. I enjoyed it, but wouldn‘t recommend it unless you are very interested in this topic. I was and learned a lot about these bad ass women. 3 ⭐️

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crazyspine
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Week 4 ✔ in #bfcr2
Steps: 3/7
Yoga:4/7
Books 5/7
I still plan on getting in my steps and yoga today. It's been soo hot, so haven't been working out much, but I've done pretty well food wise. @BookBridget @BookishBelle @Econaghan @jmtrivera @laurar311 @mc916 @Honeybeegirl @WriterAtHeart @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn First I‘m going to point out that you had a good week—made your steps 3 days and did yoga 4 days! 🙌🏻 Celebrate that! 🎉 Be proud of what you accomplished! Second, weather, like life, happens, so we adapt. What can you do that doesn‘t involve going outside in the heat? 3mo
crazyspine @wanderinglynn good point/perspective. I ended up swimming laps, so outside but refreshing 3mo
BookishBelle Great job!! 🎉 3mo
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crazyspine
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Bailedbailed

Unpopular opinion, but I thought this was very boring.

Samplergal No. I get it. I finished, but it wasn‘t that great. 2mo
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crazyspine
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#BFCR2 week 3 ✔ in
Steps 3/7 days; I was really close over 9,000 all the other days. Haven't been working out, but I'm a house painter and getting a lot of "steps" that way.
For me I'm having a difficult time balancing being active/working and resting/ being kind to myself on treatment days,
Meditation: 4/7
Books 4/7
@wanderinglynn @BookBridget @WriterAtHeart @Econaghan @BookishBelle @jmtrivera @Honeybeegirl @laurar311 @mc916

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 You‘re making great progress! 🎉 So definitely celebrate what you accomplished! Remember, we need rest (and sleep) to recover, rejuvenate, revitalize our bodies, minds, & spirits. Is there anything we can do to help you find some balance? 💜 3mo
crazyspine @wanderinglynn today was a treatment day, and I had off work, so I did accupuncture, and I'm going to sushi for dinner. 3mo
wanderinglynn Sushi for dinner sounds awesome! Enjoy! 3mo
BookishBelle Over 9,000 is still a lot of steps! Great job! 🎉 I have trouble resting too bc I‘m worried I won‘t catch up to my weekly step goal but I just trust that I‘ll make it and if I don‘t, it‘s okay. There‘s always next week. 3mo
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litenthusiast
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#LetsTravelJuly Another book in my TBR pile, but one I hope to get to soon. #airplane @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Looks good!! ✈️ 3mo
OriginalCyn620 😊👌🏻✈️ 3mo
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Kpiper
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I am enjoying this spontaneous airport purchase.

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DivineDiana
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The Fly Girls (a term coined by a man who promoted flying competitions) were fearless women who were passionate about piloting planes. Often shunned or denigrated for wanting to fly, they persisted. Many lost their lives as safety issues were rampant. I was humbled by the bravery of these women (and the men) during the early days of the aviation industry. Interesting that now our biggest concern is getting the best price! #nonfiction

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DivineDiana
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I misjudged the dates for Book Club. This one is due this Wednesday, whereas “First Mothers”, which I have only one chapter to go isn‘t due to the following week! Fast and furious reading to follow! #nonfiction

Catt If you like this, check out “Happy Bottom Riding Club” by Lauren Kessler. Tells story of one particularly fascinating woman Pancho Barnes who was in early flying (compatriot of Amelia Earheart) and who opened a dude ranch that became like the frat house for the supersonic pilots and future astronauts you see in “The Right Stuff.” (edited) 5mo
DivineDiana Thanks for the recommendation, @Catt ! I did like the book! 5mo
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Aims42
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I am so excited, one of my Christmas gifts from my mama-in-law arrived on Saturday (my first issue of Bookmarks magazine, she got me a year subscription 😍). I also got a birthday gift from my mom that arrived on Thursday (custom pillow with our wedding year on it 🥰). Good reading material with a comfy pillow for the mess Mother Nature is sending our way this week LOL

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heikemarie
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I might actually make it! I have been listening to this while grocery shopping, braving Costco on a Sunday, and meal prepping for the week. I‘m almost done, and it will be my first completed book of #24in48 since I‘ve been flipping around so much!

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heikemarie
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I have lots of errands to run so right now it‘s #audiobook reading - #24in48 is trucking along. Not sure if I‘ll finish because I super need a nap after these errands 🥺

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Aims42
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This has been my day so far. Zero complaints from me 😉😍

Libby1 Perfect. 9mo
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Aims42
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Sun & blue skies today, with a temperature of 12 degrees. The hubs dug us out this morning so I could do a grocery run. But now I‘m happy to sit with my martini (cheers, Grandpa! I made it your way ☺️) and my newest read. Happy Sunday!!!

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Amiable
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Book 2 for the #nonfiction2019 challenge. A book about the first female aviators seemed appropriate for "Something with travel."

@Riveted_Reader_Melissa

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Very appropriate! 9mo
Kaye Good morning Amy. How goes it ? 9mo
Amiable @kaye Morning, @kaye ! It's going. Getting dressed now to head out for my volunteer gig as a patient escort at Planned Parenthood. How are things in Hillbilly Village? 9mo
Kaye Exciting as watching a one man parade. Good for you for working at Planned Parenthood. Enjoy your weekend. 9mo
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Amiable
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When she was taking flying lessons, Amelia Earhart carried makeup with her so she could quickly apply it after a crash to "look nice when the reporters come." ?

Lindy What??? 9mo
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Amiable
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Sunday morning = book + tea. (That's the kind of math I like. 👍🏼)

Sad, though--I'm almost out of my current favorite tea, which I got last summer while visiting Seattle. I contacted the tea shop via email to see if I could order another tin, and they said they are having trouble sourcing this tea with their supplier. Guess I'll have to find a new favorite in the meantime. 😕

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Amiable
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Library #bookhaul

Aims42 I got ‘Fly Girls‘ for Christmas, haven‘t read it yet but it sounds very interesting 🤞🏼 9mo
lahousewyfe Looks like an amazing book. Stacked it! 9mo
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Aims42
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First round of books from Santa 🎄📚

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a.bookish.byrd
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Incredible women. Unbelievable odds. They sacrificed so much to pave the way for female pilots.

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WanderingBookaneer
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Every so often I come across weirdly specific Amazon categories. For example, tagged book is a bestseller in “Air Sports.” #WTAmazon

In fact, many of Today‘s #KindleDailyDeals (US) are bestsellers in their very specific categories.

Share some of the weirdly specific categories you‘ve encountered here or take a screenshot and share it using #WTAmazon

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Avidreader25
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Loved this nonfiction account of women aviators in the ‘20s. There was such camaraderie between the women. They had wonderful sportsmanship when they were competing and they developed friendships because they were the only ones who understood each other‘s passion for flying.

They were all fighting an uphill battle against prejudice both in the media and general public against women flying. They were wives, mothers, & more & they all loved to fly.

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erinjohns
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Exceptional...brought that era and struggle to life.

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Amie
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Just finished listening to this audiobook via Hoopla. I enjoyed learning about these women aviators. I rolled my eyes more than once at the ridiculous sexism these women faced - like a man saying one pilot was pretty so she should stay home and have babies instead of doing something dangerous like flying 🙄🙄🙄

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EadieB
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Finished this audiobook that I received from LibraryThing early reviewer and Houston Mifflin Harcourt for an honest review. I enjoyed learning about all the women and men aviators who were very courageous during the 20‘s and 30‘s and even lost their lives while promoting aviation. This book mainly focuses on 5 women; Florence Klingensmith, Ruth Elder, Amelia Earhart, Ruth Nichols and Louise Thaden. Listen and hear how they raced against the men.

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EadieB
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I just got this audio book from Library Thing and Tantor Media. Looking forward to listening to this for an honest review. Love these brave women!

#flygirls #keithobrien

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rabbitprincess
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A must-read for anyone interested in the early days of aviation and women doing awesome things.

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rabbitprincess
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On the Women's Air Derby. RAAAAAGE because these unreasonable expectations still crop up today.

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erzascarletbookgasm
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🎶”Is it true I'm an eagle?
Is it true I can spread my wings?
Flying high, high, I'm a bird in the sky (I'm an eagle)
I'm an eagle that rides on the breeze
High, high, what a feeling to fly (What a feeling)
Over mountains and forests and seas
And to go anywhere that I please..” 🎶

‘The untold story of 5 women who fought to compete against men in the high-stakes national air races of the 1920s-1930s & won.‘

Not read,found via google.Sounds good!

Cinfhen It does sound good!! Good find!! 14mo
Mdargusch This looks like a good one! 👍🏼 14mo
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emilyhaldi Very cool 👏🏻 14mo
Quirkybookworm Now, this should‘ve been made into a movie!! I‘m picking this book up! 14mo
Reviewsbylola This sounds really cool! 14mo
rabbitprincess Just got this from the library! 14mo
Meredith3 Great job! 🦅 👍🏻 14mo
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