- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Touchstone; 2 edition (November 3, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 145169833X
- ISBN-13: 978-1451698336
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 55 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #411,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Learning to Fly: A Memoir of Hanging On and Letting Go Paperback – November 3, 2015
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“Thrilling and infectiously interesting, I found this book a great read and hard to put down. What’s next, Steph? Everest?” (San Francisco Book Review)
“In becoming a skydiver and realizing how little she can control, she learns to trust herself again, lets go of her need for total self-reliance, and finds renewal. . . . Davis’s philosophy of facing one’s fears will strike a chord with readers.” (Publishers Weekly)
"[Davis] provides a gripping account of how she overcame her fears and her delight as she mastered the skills needed to skydive." (Kirkus Reviews)
“Learning to Fly is a fascinating read. It looks inside the mind of a unique individual. Davis lives a life very few will understand. Her willingness to push herself physically while protecting herself emotionally is only part of what makes her so unique.” (Deseret News (Salt Lake City, UT))
“Really an inspiring book, not only to get oneself outdoors, but to realize that, even with the loss of absolutely everything that seems important, it's not only possible but imperative to move forward and continue to enjoy life. Deftly written with Davis's outward journey mirroring the journey within.” (midwestmultisportlife.com)
"What puts this book out front in the adventure category is that Davis doesn’t bog it down with clunky 'climbing as journey' metaphors – but they’re in there, anyway. She just sort of lets her story shake it all loose, slowly revealing bits of herself – sometimes she figures stuff out, sometimes she makes mistakes, but her hope is that only she gets hurt in the process." (Kyle Wagner The Denver Post "Pages" blog)
"Alive, passionate, intense . . . about everything, Steph Davis climbs vertical slopes, drops out of planes, leaps off of cliffs, and in the process teaches us all how to deal with the devastations, the fears, the challenges, and the joyous moments of life. Steph takes the reader on an emotional roller coaster full of highs, lows, and love, and it's contagious. You won't walk away unaffected." (Rita Golden Gelman, author of Tales of a Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World)
About the Author
Steph Davis is a world-renowned climber, skydiver, and BASE jumper. In addition to her blog on veganism, animal rights, and simple living at HighInfatuation.com, she has written for Climbing and Rock and Ice. Her first book, High Infatuation: A Climber’s Guide to Love and Gravity, was published in 2007. She lives in Moab, Utah.
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Come full circle and Davis's book not only sunk it's hooks into me, but it left me with days of fruitful contemplation, self-reflextion and a newfound insight into a sport/activity that I knew little about. Thankfully, those climbing stories also showed up... in spades! Oh how the old adage rings true, "don't judge a book by it's cover."
If you're looking for streamline, elegant prose look elsewhere. But if you are ready to be moved by someone's personal journey about a rise from confusion and into clarity, pick this one up.
This book had no trouble holding my attention. I rapidly tore through it, finding it very difficult to put down. If you're a climber or retired climber you will especially appreciate the climbing sections. While reading the free soloing sections I almost felt as if I was there....my heart would race a bit and I found my hands sweating....I'm still not sure if the anxiety I felt while reading was due to fear for her (despite her great talent and meticulous preparation) or that it just reminded me of various dicey situations I gotten my own self into on climbs years ago where I thought my doom was imminent ! ;-).. ... ... She goes in detail on her mind set and preparation for such climbs which I found great reading....and certainly could be applied to other facets of life...
As for the sky diving, BASE jumping and wing suit flying ,..none of which I knew anything about,..I thought the author did a great job of explaining the process of getting involved in such endeavors. It was exciting to read as she rapidly progressed. I would think this would be great required reading for someone thinking of pursuing these sports... Wing suit videos are all over the internet,..but it was nice to read about some of the nuts and bolts and what it really takes to get going in that sport.......Again,... while reading the author does such a great job of describing everything,..you feel like you are there failing through space along with her....
I bought authors earlier book, "High Infatuation" with this and recommend reading it first. This book follows it nicely. I also debated on the hardcover vs. Kindle edition...I'm glad I went with the hardcover as I found myself flipping back and forth often, especially the pictures...and it will be nice to have it on a book shelf as warrants a re-read in the future. I also found myself going to the internet to watch the authors various video's that pertained to that section of the book I was reading...While the footage is no doubt amazing to watch, the old adage holds true..The book is better than the movie...To close, while it goes without saying that Steph Davis is a tremendously talented, hardworking, meticulous athlete,...she is also a gifted story teller.