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The family was changed by a boy-a stubborn, relentless, infuriating-but ingenious and creative boy. He was the first in a family of six children, with parents who initially balked at his fantasies. Yet almost everything that captured the world's attention-double-decker bicycles, international hang gliding records, the drama of "flying" a motorcycle, a British championship won by landing on one foot-all these were part of young Bob Wills's singular vision. Prevailing against all the people who called him ...
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The family was changed by a boy-a stubborn, relentless, infuriating-but ingenious and creative boy. He was the first in a family of six children, with parents who initially balked at his fantasies. Yet almost everything that captured the world's attention-double-decker bicycles, international hang gliding records, the drama of "flying" a motorcycle, a British championship won by landing on one foot-all these were part of young Bob Wills's singular vision. Prevailing against all the people who called him impractical, a dreamer, Bobby became a legend in the fledgling sport of hang gliding. Sports Illustrated wrote of him, "Like Paul Elvstrom, the great Danish sailor, he seems now to own a special part of the wind that not even he can see and no one else can find." In the end, Bobby not only profoundly changed his family and the pilots who flocked to emulate him,he did what he'd intended all along. He lived a life that had never been lived before.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781935043256
  • Publisher: Stephens Press, LLC
  • Publication date: 10/15/2010
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 3.00 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author


Maralys Wills has published twelve books, raised six children and "lucked into the world's bestteaching job." Educated at Stanford and UCLA, she teaches novel-writing on the college level and is also the author of Damn the Rejections (Stephens Press 2008). Higher Than Eagles was originally published in a hardcover edition which garnered excellent reviews and five movie options.
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  • Posted August 31, 2014

    Maralys Wills shares the poignant tale of her sons' coming of ag

    Maralys Wills shares the poignant tale of her sons' coming of age and the shifting relationship between a mother and her boys as they become young adults. Any woman who has raised adventurous children will appreciate her telling of the slow dance we perform as we finally give them—sometimes wrenchingly—control of their own lives. We guide them, based on their needs, interests and personalities and, when they get older, we hold our breath and watch as they make their own decisions about jobs, friends and daring pursuits. In the end, we have to let them fly—usually symbolically, but in Wills' case, quite literally.

    Maralys and her son, Chris, deftly describe the serene beauty of hang gliding, along with the sheer terror it holds for those of us nervous at any height higher than a step ladder. But even more fascinating is their insider's look into the early years of the sport, as it evolved from reckless youngsters jumping off hillsides with homemade kites of sheet plastic and bamboo sticks, to skilled athletes performing unimaginable feats.

    Higher Than Eagles is both an intimate family story and an exciting page-turner. I heartily recommend it. 

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  • Posted December 19, 2010

    Breathtaking

    Be prepared for a breathtaking, roller coaster journey of human emotions. At her literary best, this award winning author engages readers of all genes in an amazing family memoir. Higher than Eagles will bring you to tears one moment while making you laugh the next. It will most definitely tug at your heartstrings. With incredible candor, Maralys and Chris Wills bring the reader into their close knit, fun-loving family. They share not only their family triumphs but also the tragic deaths of her two sons- his two brothers. From the opening page, Wills will have you hooked and wanting to read more.

    Darlene Quinn, Author of Twisted Webs.

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