Monday, February 15, 2021

Upcoming Non-Fiction: Come Fly The World

 I'm always looking for entertaining and informative non-fiction to read and enjoy.  I don't read nearly as much non-fiction as I'd like, but I try to work it in as much as I can. 

This title, releasing in March, is one I have my eyes on:

Come Fly The World: The Jet-Age Story of the Women of Pan-Am by Julia Cooke

Due out March 2, 2021

Synopsis taken from Amazon:

Glamour, danger, liberation: in a Mad Men–era of commercial flight, Pan Am World Airways attracted the kind of young woman who wanted out, and wanted up

Required to have a college education, speak two languages, and possess the political savvy of a Foreign Service officer, a jet-age stewardess serving on iconic Pan Am between 1966 and 1975 also had to be between 5′3" and 5′9", between 105 and 140 pounds, and under 26 years of age at the time of hire.Cooke’s intimate storytelling weaves together the real-life stories of a memorable cast of characters, from small-town girl Lynne Totten, a science major who decided life in a lab was not for her, to Hazel Bowie, one of the relatively few Black stewardesses of the era, as they embraced the liberation of their new jet-set life. Cooke brings to light the story of Pan Am stewardesses’ role in the Vietnam War, as the airline added runs from Saigon to Hong Kong for planeloads of weary young soldiers straight from the battlefields, who were off for five days of R&R, and then flown back to war. Finally, with Operation Babylift—the dramatic evacuation of 2,000 children during the fall of Saigon—the book’s special cast of stewardesses unites to play an extraordinary role on the world stage.

1 comment:

Sarah said...

Adding that one to my list. I loved the short-lived show, Pan Am. It was only on for one season.