- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Lyons Press; First Edition edition (November 22, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0762773618
- ISBN-13: 978-0762773619
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.8 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,286,909 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Map of My Dead Pilots: The Dangerous Game of Flying in Alaska Hardcover – November 22, 2011
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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
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Ultimately, it is the pilots themselves—drawn to the career for reasons ranging from desperation to cool-handed professionalism—who capture her imagination. From the cockpit to the bar to long hours spent at the “Company,” Mondor brings to light the camaraderie it takes to stay sane at a job that demands all your heart and soul and never truly lets you go. In fine detail, Mondor reveals the all-too-casual nature of aircraft accidents, the tragic history of Alaskan flying, and a world that demands a close communion with extreme physical danger and emotional toughness.
The Map of My Dead Pilots is an engrossing narrative whose gritty, no-holds-barred style is reminiscent of the works of Ken Kesey and Tim O’Brien.
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