Thursday, December 23, 2010

Leaving Earth: A Novel by Helen Humphreys

Lately, I seem to be reading a lot of books with :A Novel as part of their title. Not sure what that's about.

This book is about 2 women who are trying to beat a stamina record for time in flight. It seems about the turn of the century, there were constant contest as to who could fly the fastest, the furthest, the highest and the longest. It was an interesting story of the dynamic between the two women who stay in flight for 18 days straight. There are side-stories of a young girl who is fascinated by the 'girl fliers' and the husband of one of the flyers. It was an interesting read about a period of time that I do not know much about. It really made me want to find out if the characters are fictional and who they are based upon. I think it could lead to some really great discussions.

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