The Map of My Dead Pilots: The Dangerous Game of Flying in Alaska

The Map of My Dead Pilots: The Dangerous Game of Flying in Alaska

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by Colleen Mondor
     
 

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The Map of My Dead Pilots is about flying, pilots, and Alaska-and, more specifically, about those pilots who take death-defying risks in the Last Frontier and sometimes pay the price. Colleen Mondor spent four years running dispatch operations for a Fairbanks-based commuter and charter airline-and she knows all too well the gap between the romance and reality of small…  See more details below

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The Map of My Dead Pilots is about flying, pilots, and Alaska-and, more specifically, about those pilots who take death-defying risks in the Last Frontier and sometimes pay the price. Colleen Mondor spent four years running dispatch operations for a Fairbanks-based commuter and charter airline-and she knows all too well the gap between the romance and reality of small plane piloting in the wildest territory of the United States.

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"I know that the first two letters of 'memoir' spell 'me,' but the kind of memoir I like best is one that goes beyond being simply a personal account and instead tells a larger story. The Map of My Dead Pilots by Colleen Mondor does exactly that. . . . This isn't a neatly narrated, chronological account with a clean beginning and a clear end. Rather, in lyrical, impressionistic prose she relates the stories she tells of the pilots she knew—some still living and some now dead—to the myth and the reality of Alaska.It's a story of danger, of loss, of courage, of unsavory landing strips and forbidding mountains, of delivering mail and making mercy flights, of adrenaline and prayer, of unpredictably changeable winds and oncoming storms, of snow, of difficult decisions, of good fortune and bad luck, and, always, of the unbelievable cold. But it's also about why we choose the lives we do, how we rewrite our pasts to make sense of ourselves to the person we've become, what we choose to remember, and how and why we forget what we do: It's about myth-making, storytelling and memory. . . ." —Nancy Pearl, NPR's Morning Edition "Strap yourselves in. Map of My Dead Pilots is one hell of a ride, one of the best Alaska books ever. In gorgeous, literary prose that nails the rhythms of a barroom conversation and plumbs the depth of the human soul, Colleen Mondor writes a one-way ticket into the world of Alaska aviation. If Shakespeare and Hemingway teamed up to write an Alaska reality show, it might go something like this." —Nick Jans, twenty-year resident of arctic bush Alaska and author of The Last Light Breaking and The Grizzly Maze "The Map of My Dead Pilots is that other kind of memoir—galvanizing, exhilarating, fresh. The ridiculously daring pilots of the Alaskan frontier are here, of course—meticulously rendered, artfully arranged. But undergirding it all is Mondor's own tremendous passion for a particular place and time, her enormous skills as a storyteller, and her brave (let's call it sublime) commitment to writing down what cannot be forgotten. Don't miss this book. Please don't." —Beth Kephart, National Book Award finalist and author, most recently, of You Are My Only "If it's said that dead men tell no tales, then, thank goodness, Mondor is around to do so. . . . Mondor, who walks the tightrope between admiration and detachment with a deft and agile balance, presents an equitable yet passionate memoir that virtually flies off the page." —Booklist starred review "In The Map of My Dead Pilots, Mondor does a great job of giving readers a well-documented, frank, and clear idea of the harrowing nature of flying in Alaska. It's not "Northern Exposure meets Air America" as the flap copy reads—it's actually something much more interesting. Highly recommended." —Omnivoracious.com

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780762775835
Publisher:
Lyons Press, The
Publication date:
11/22/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
865,832
File size:
481 KB

Meet the Author

Colleen Mondor is a book reviewer and essay writer whose work has appeared in Voices of New Orleans, Booklist, Eclectica Magazine and various aviation magazines. She currently runs an aviation business, writes about Alaska aviation and polar exploration, and reviews titles for teen readers. She lives in the Pacific Northwest.

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Map of My Dead Pilots 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good reading but not for kids lots pf swearing. But still has good story. Top of my good book chart. I say its my number two favorite book.