Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Unlearning to Fly” as Want to Read:
Unlearning to Fly
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Unlearning to Fly

4.32  ·  Rating Details ·  28 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Unlearning to Fly is the memoir of a bookworm growing up in Alaska—among people whose resilience, restlessness, and energy find their highest expression in winter ascents of Mount McKinley or first descents of wild rivers. These are the flying stories of a fearful pilot, one who admires but does not emulate the more daring exploits of her father and her friends. The accoun ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by University of Nebraska Press
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Unlearning to Fly, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Unlearning to Fly

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-42)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Lorraine
Feb 14, 2008 Lorraine rated it it was amazing
Jennifer Brice's memoir is multiple things simultaneously: the story of a daughter who wanted to be tough enough to earn the love and respect of her rough-and-tumble Alaska dad; the story of an Alaskan native who loves the land with the fierceness of a bear sow protecting her cubs; the daughter who serves as her mother's amaneusis in telling tales of society life on the East Coast before choosing Fairbanks and to become Mrs. Brice. All of this, and more, is told in prose both poignant and muscul ...more
Tiah
Jul 20, 2013 Tiah added it
This! I adored.
The book is a mass of stickies of loved lines / quotes.

- Experience leads us beyond the approaches and up to the very door of death. But what then? I thought I was practising when I was kayaking and flying. And I guess I was. But the lessons of reading, and, later, of writing, went deeper. Stories and essays and poems have taught me more about life than life has taught me about itself. -
Marieke
Sep 10, 2008 Marieke rated it liked it
I have to admit I skipped over anything that had to do with flying (yawn). I did enjoy this book because it is about quirky family members and just plain old life stuff. Some of it just happens to take place in Alaska. I also did some stuff in Alaska. It's a (relatively) normal place. And this collection of stories reflected that.
Ben
Sep 07, 2007 Ben rated it it was amazing
I'm not sure there's anything better than a good memoir. We
got this book as a review copy at my magazine, and while I don't think we're going to do a review, I grabbed it and thought it was completely wonderful. I'm passing it on to anyone who is interested.
Alyssa
Dec 17, 2013 Alyssa rated it it was amazing
I'm biased (I studied with Jennifer) but beautiful, lyrical prose; compelling adventures; and thoughtful reflections on life, family, courage. Stunning. I reread these essays every year.
Emily
Jun 08, 2009 Emily rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bestbooksever
This book changed my life. Jennifer reflects upon the weather and the changes in her life, with beautiful wording and eloquent descriptive verbiage.
Chris
Chris rated it really liked it
Mar 04, 2016
David
David rated it it was amazing
Apr 04, 2009
Amy Brown
Amy Brown rated it really liked it
Jan 03, 2013
Stephanie Brice
Stephanie Brice rated it it was amazing
Aug 28, 2012
Adrienne
Adrienne rated it it was amazing
Nov 13, 2016
Ben
Ben rated it really liked it
Oct 11, 2010
Jaime
Jaime rated it liked it
Jul 31, 2014
Laura
Laura rated it it was amazing
Mar 21, 2011
Bridget
Bridget rated it really liked it
Jan 16, 2008
Daryl Farmer
Daryl Farmer rated it it was amazing
Mar 07, 2008
Dreamer33
Dreamer33 rated it really liked it
Jun 10, 2008
Julia Holloway
Julia Holloway rated it it was amazing
Sep 03, 2010
Amy
Amy rated it really liked it
Jun 17, 2012
Rachel
Rachel rated it it was amazing
Jan 28, 2009
Meghan
Meghan rated it really liked it
Aug 13, 2012
Nancy Warner
Nancy Warner rated it really liked it
May 10, 2012
Rosalind Reisner
Rosalind Reisner rated it really liked it
Aug 16, 2009
Erin
Erin rated it really liked it
Dec 05, 2008
Allyson
Allyson rated it really liked it
Jul 06, 2011
Doris
Doris rated it liked it
Jan 08, 2014
Natalie
Natalie rated it really liked it
Oct 24, 2007
Sarah Compter
Sarah Compter rated it really liked it
Mar 08, 2012
Amanda
Amanda rated it it was amazing
Jul 27, 2010
Tina
Tina marked it as to-read
Sep 02, 2008
Ruth
Ruth added it
Sep 18, 2010
Renee
Renee marked it as to-read
Jan 26, 2013
Denise Elliot
Denise Elliot marked it as to-read
Jan 02, 2015
Casey
Casey marked it as to-read
Jan 11, 2015
A
A added it
Jan 21, 2016
Katie
Katie added it
Feb 11, 2016
Astrid
Astrid marked it as to-read
Aug 01, 2016
Rachel
Rachel marked it as to-read
Aug 12, 2016
Lisa
Lisa marked it as to-read
Dec 18, 2016
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Share This Book