Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Book Review: Amelia Lost by Candace Fleming

Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart by Candace Fleming
Publisher: Schwartz & Wade
Publication date: February 2011
ISBN: 9780375841989
Source: Library

Amelia Earhart was a beloved public figure, and this new biography brings little known facts to life about this aviatrix.  With a narrative from her final flight and biographical facts from everything before that, this book provides a basic and interesting look at the life and fame of Amelia.

Things I Liked:
The book really made me feel like I was living in the 1930s and I loved how it brought you back in time to the way people lived and felt and what they did.  I've not read really any bios about her, but I thought the details about Amelia's personality were so interesting.  I was really impressed with how Fleming dealt with the inconsistencies and errors in what was reported and what might be true.  She never assumed things or said they were one way or another, but brought the controveries forward objectively.  The photos and other paraphernelia were wonderful additions.  This is an awesome, readable biography for those who want to know more about this icon.

Things I Didn't Like:
Because her life was subject to speculation and based on people's personal accounts, it was hard to have anything very solid about her.  I was occasionally annoyed that Fleming couldn't be more explicit in her statements about what people heard on the radio, etc.  Still, very well done and intriguing.  I only wanted more.

Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith
Almost Astronauts by Tanya Lee Stone

s-factor: none

mrg-factor: none

v-factor: none

Overall rating: ****

Have you read any great bios of Amelia or other figures of the time?

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