West with the Night by Beryl Markham

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Beryl Markham’s classic, engrossing memoir—a triumph of the pioneer spirit and an adventure-charged chronicle of a life lived to the fullest
Beryl Markham’s life was a true epic, complete with shattered societal expectations, torrid love affairs, and desperate crash landings. A rebel from a young age, the British-born Markham was raised in Kenya’s unforgiving farmlands. She learned to be a bush pilot at a time when most Africans had never seen a plane. In 1936, she accepted the ultimate challenge: to fly solo across the Atlantic from east to west, a feat that fellow female aviator Amelia Earhart had completed in reverse just a few years before. Her successes and her failures—and her deep, lifelong love of the “soul of Africa”—are all chronicled here with wrenching honesty and agile wit. Hailed by National Geographic as one of the greatest adventure books of all time, West with the Night is the sweeping account of a fearless and dedicated woman.

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Beryl Markham (1902-1986) was a British-born Kenyan aviatrix, adventurer, and racehorse trainer. Sara Wheeler is the author of, most recently, The Magnetic North and Access All Areas.
Published August 14, 2012 by Open Road Media. 306 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Professional & Technical, Travel, Science & Math, Education & Reference, History, Computers & Technology, Business & Economics, Literature & Fiction, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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Open Letters Monthly

I had originally intended to compile a list of adventure stories, but seeing Beryl Markham’s West With the Night in the top spot promptly derailed the remainder of the list while I considered this remarkable person and her amazing adventure story.

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A Patchwork of Books

Sounds like a powerful book that melds together Haiti now and then.

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