- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (August 22, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 144222200X
- ISBN-13: 978-1442222007
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.2 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,548,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fighter Pilot's Daughter: Growing Up in the Sixties and the Cold War
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Mary Lawlor's memoir, Fighter Pilot's Daughter: Growing Up in the Sixties and the Cold War, is terrifically written. The experience of living in a military family is beautifully brought to life. This memoir shows the pressures on families in the sixties, the fears of the Cold War, and also the love that families had that helped them get through those times, with many ups and downs. It's a story that all of us who are old enough can relate to, whether we were involved or not. The book is so well written. Mary Lawlor shares a story that needs to be written, and she tells it very well. (The Jordan Rich Show)
Mary Lawlor, in her brilliantly realized memoir, articulates what accountants would call a soft cost, the cost that dependents of career military personnel pay, which is the feeling of never belonging to the specific piece of real estate called home. . . . [T]he real story is Lawlor and her father, who is ensconced despite their ongoing conflict in Lawlor’s pantheon of Catholic saints and Irish presidents, a perfect metaphor for coming of age at a time when rebelling was all about rebelling against the paternalistic society of Cold War America. (Stars and Stripes)
Fighter Pilot’s Daughter. . . is a candid and splendidly-written account of a young woman caught in the political turmoil of the ’60s and the domestic turmoil that percolated around a John Wayne figure who won the Distinguished Flying Cross, eight Air Medals and the Cross of Gallantry across three generations of starspangled blood and guts. ... Among the triumphs of the book is Lawlor’s ability to transition from academic – she is the author of two scholarly books and numerous articles about American literature and culture – to popular writing. 'I tried very hard to keep my academic voice out of the book,' said Lawlor, who will be retiring as a professor and director of American Studies after the spring semester. 'In academic writing, you explain and explain and footnote and footnote, and some of the life inevitably comes out of it. I wanted this to have life.' In so many ways it does….[particularizing] her family, including her mother, Frannie, her older twin sisters (Nancy and Lizzie) and a younger sister (Sarah). . . . In many ways the Lawlor women drive her narrative. ... Her principal focus, inevitably, is her Fighter Pilot Father, who, in her words, 'seemed too large and wild for the house.' Jack Lawlor was so true to fighter-pilot form as to be an archetype, hard-drinking, hard-to-please, sometimes (though not always) hard-of-heart. Mary does not spare those details.' (Muhlenberg: The Magazine)
This engrossing memoir adeptly weaves the author's account of growing up in a military family in the United States and Europe with domestic American and international Cold War events. Mary Lawlor's descriptions of her parents' origins and aging, and her perceptive, honest reflections on childhood and young adulthood between the 1950s and 1970s, are illuminated by the knowledge and wisdom that develop over decades of adulthood. In re-visiting her earlier life, the author reveals a process of arriving at a compassionate understanding of the significant people in it—relatives, friends, nuns, boyfriends, and draft resisters, among others—and through this, a clearer understanding of one's self. She demonstrates that comprehension of the broad historical context in which one lives—in her case, the pervasive global rivalry between communism and anticommunism, and its influences on American ideals about family roles, political values, and aspirations, which she questioned and challenged as a young woman drawn into the counterculture—is crucial for attaining such self-knowledge. (Donna Alvah, Associate Professor and Margaret Vilas Chair of US History, St. Lawrence University)
About the Author
Mary Lawlor is professor of English and the Director of American Studies at Muhlenberg College. She is the author of Recalling the Wild: Naturalism and the Closing of the American West, and Public Native America: Tribal Self Representation in Casinos, Museums and Powwows.
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Jack Lawlor is a legendary WW2, Korea, and Vietnam aviator and Mary Lawlor's book connects Jack Lawlor's family with the experiences of all military "brats" and those parents who cared about them whilst we were "away".
It wasn't only the families who shared the disconnects, as we all ventured to and fro and tried to return to a culture wherein we felt we belonged. Our own culture(s) changed along the way.
What I enjoyed the most was not just about Mary's father's experiences in the military but additionally what life was like living back in this time of the Cold War. I am not as well versed in this war as I am WWI or WWII.
While, Mary's father may have been the one fighting in the real war; Mary's mother was fighting her own battle to keep her family together and raising them as best she could. Which I thought she did a good job of doing so. For a lot of Mary's stories about her father, they were serious, so it was nice to read about her laughing over the beer experiment incident. This is a well written book. The family pictures were a nice addition as well.
The Fighter Pilot's Daughter is an engrossing memoir that depicts growing up in the military and the Cold War. The book ended up being a small history lesson for me on this time that was happening at the very beginning of my life.
The author describes growing up with the feelings of being an outsider so vividly that the reader can almost slip inside the very shoes she wears. Her mother is the glue that holds the family together while the father is the shining star when he is home on leave. The story tells of a family greatly influenced by the Catholic Church, the Cold War and United States Army.
The author goes on to describe the many moves required of military families and how difficult it is to fit in at new schools and bases. She continues with descriptions of the unspoken hierarchy of rank, the unspoken rules, and how this affects the children and their peers.
The book is a very personal story and is well told. I love memoirs and this is one of the best I've read. (read an excerpt at [...])
I was provided with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.