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Fly Girl: A Memoir (original 2022; edition 2022)
by Ann Hood (Author)
Fly Girl: A Memoir by Ann Hood (2022)
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This is a rare case in which I may have enjoyed the written version over the audio. The narration was just average. ( )
This is a memoir of a former TWA flight attendant, and covers the period from the pre-deregulation 1970’s to the merger wars of the early 2000’s. Ms. Hood presents a realistic portrayal of both the good and the bad sides of the profession – especially the sexist work rules that existed into the 1980’s.
Ann Hood achieved her dream job in aviation when she worked at TWA as a flight attendant. She reveals the absurd hiring standards of weight, looks, and such and how challenging it was to work in the sexist environment. She handles her challenges with wit and charm. Her wanderlust suited the perks of the job in the heyday of commercial passenger flight.
This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. It's a beautifully written love letter to flying.
This was okay, not great. An interesting look at a point in time in the airline industry. Ann Hood did a good job narrating her book. I found it a little confusing when she went back and forth in time and therefore ended up repeating herself quite a bit. It also felt like it had several endings. What sounded like a conclusion wasn't. She'd add another chapter which also sounded like the end, but then she'd keep on with another tale sometimes backwards in time. It was a good reminder of all that was lost in deregulation. While it did make flying more available to more people, it has made flying feel more like riding in a cattle car or on a bus than the real treat it used to be.
An entertaining and fascinating memoir of "gifted storyteller" (People) Ann Hood's adventurous years as a TWA flight attendant. In 1978, in the tailwind of the golden age of air travel, flight attendants were the epitome of glamor and sophistication. Fresh out of college and hungry to experience the world--and maybe, one day, write about it--Ann Hood joined their ranks. After a grueling job search, Hood survived TWA's rigorous Breech Training Academy and learned to evacuate seven kinds of aircraft, deliver a baby, mix proper cocktails, administer oxygen, and stay calm no matter what the situation. In the air, Hood found both the adventure she'd dreamt of and the unexpected realities of life on the job. She carved chateaubriand in the first-class cabin and dined in front of the pyramids in Cairo, fended off passengers' advances and found romance on layovers in London and Lisbon, and walked more than a million miles in high heels. She flew through the start of deregulation, an oil crisis, massive furloughs, and a labor strike. As the airline industry changed around her, Hood began to write--even drafting snatches of her first novel from the jump-seat. She reveals how the job empowered her, despite its roots in sexist standards. Packed with funny, moving, and shocking stories of life as a flight attendant, Fly Girl captures the nostalgia and magic of air travel at its height, and the thrill that remains with every takeoff.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)387.7 — Social sciences Commerce, Communications, Transportation Rivers, Oceans, and Flight Travel by air
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