I was Amelia Earhart
Through her choice of words and syntax, description, rhythm and beat, Mendelsohn creates shifts in perspective. The more subtle shift in perspective is juxtaposed on top of a more obvio ...more
Written from Amelia's perspective, this book tells the story of Earhart's final flight and what transpires after her crash landing on a remote island. It's pretty fascinating to see what this author imagines was inside Earhart's head and what she experienced after her disappeara ...more
What if Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan would survive in some lost island in the middle of nowhere?
Perhaps it's an excess of imagination of the author but this was not able to convince any reader about this very improbable story.
Imagine a collection of silent movie footage, taken from different viewpoints, and edited together to make a slightly disjointed movie. This was the feel I got from this novel.This story never really feels as if it is being offered as a viable explanation for what might have happened to Amelia Earhart when she disappeared while en route from Lae, New Guinea to Howell Island, during her failed attempt to be the first woman to fly around the world. Rather it provides a series of other-worldly medi...more
Mendelsohn definitely has a poet's sensibility and the fluid and ethereal manner in which she guides the reader through Earhart's life is engaging and beautiful. As short as the novel is, the author uses only half of her page count to paint a portrait of Earhart's actual biography, deft ...more
Once the plane took off though, I could barely put the book down since from that point ...more
That being said, I struggled to connect to this book. At times, the ...more
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A tale of raw, female courage and grit. A story about finding love where you least expect it. And a deep dive into existentialism wor ...more
(1) comparing Amelia Earhart to Amelia Bedelia,
(2) comparing a fictitious character to a legendary true person,
(3) comparing people/characters who share the same name, and
(4) analyzing character values and seeing if any of the values match those that lurk inside my children.
The kids and I love how literal Amelia Bedelia is, and we think it's cool that she is such a good baker, but three of ...more
One of the names I looked up was Amelia Earhart, the pioneering aviatrix who mysteriously vanished while att ...more
She is the author of three novels: the best-selling I Was Amelia Earhart, shortlisted for the Orange Prize, and Innocence, and American Music. Published to wide acclaim by Knopf in 2010, American Music is now out in paperback from Vintage.