Fly Girl: A Memoir

Recorded Books. May 2022. 8:15 hrs. ISBN 9781705067741. $19.99. MEMOIR
Award-winning author Hood (The Book That Matters Most) showcases her talents as both author and narrator in this breezy memoir that recounts her experiences as a TWA flight attendant during the late 1970s and early 1980s. Hood deftly keeps listeners beside her as she shares how her childhood dream of flying the world became reality. She reveals that while the training was grueling, the last golden years of air travel were remarkably lavish. Hood learned to make a perfect cocktail, deliver a baby, repair almost anything, and much more. Her tone varies as she reveals many fascinating historical facts about airplanes and the industry. She also covers the downside—women were weighed to maintain “perfect” weight, weren’t allowed to marry, and were objectified by male bosses and passengers until they finally demanded their rights. An array of personal anecdotes, glittering descriptions about destinations, examples of her compassion, and snippets revealing her goal to become an author are compelling.
VERDICT After experiencing this appealing and informative audiobook, listeners may never view air travel or flight crews in quite the same way.
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