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Fly Girl: A Memoir by Ann Hood
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Fly Girl: A Memoir (original 2022; edition 2022)

by Ann Hood (Author)

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"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, Ann Hood joined their ranks. She carved chateaubriand in the first-class cabin, found romance on layovers in London and Lisbon, and walked more than a million miles in high heels, smiling as she served thousands of passengers. 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"--… (more)
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Title:Fly Girl: A Memoir
Authors:Ann Hood (Author)
Info:W. W. Norton & Company (2022), 288 pages
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Fly Girl: A Memoir by Ann Hood (2022)

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I first heard about this book through BookPage. Ann Hood writes about her time as a flight attendant for TWA (and a little about her transition to writing). It's quite an interesting journey. Along the way she shares a few humorous stories (and a few that are not so humorous) and some of the interesting places she visited in her travels. ( )
  JenniferRobb | Apr 22, 2024 |
My review of this book can be found on my YouTube Vlog at:

https://youtu.be/2P9a6kEYFM0

Enjoy! ( )
  booklover3258 | Jan 29, 2024 |
This is a rare case in which I may have enjoyed the written version over the audio. The narration was just average. ( )
  CarolHicksCase | Mar 12, 2023 |
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. ( )
  etxgardener | Feb 3, 2023 |
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. ( )
  JoniMFisher | Jan 5, 2023 |
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For Kate Heckman
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     Matt Davies
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A friend of mine recently said to me, “I love when you start a story with ‘When I was a flight attendant . . . ‘ because I know it’s going to be a good story.”
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"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, Ann Hood joined their ranks. She carved chateaubriand in the first-class cabin, found romance on layovers in London and Lisbon, and walked more than a million miles in high heels, smiling as she served thousands of passengers. 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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