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Crossing the Horizon

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  642 ratings  ·  191 reviews
Soar back to the fearless 1920s with #1 New York Times bestselling writer Laurie Notaro—beloved author of The Idiot Girls’ Action Adventure Club—in a stunning historical novel that tells the true, little-known story of three aviatrixes in a race to be the first woman to fly across the Atlantic.

Ten thousand feet in the sky, flipping and twirling through the air, aviatrixes
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published October 4th 2016 by Gallery Books
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Lyssa Smith In general, yes. There is a bit of adult language, themes, and lots of drinking, but I think it's a story that high school kids would enjoy. I'd recom…moreIn general, yes. There is a bit of adult language, themes, and lots of drinking, but I think it's a story that high school kids would enjoy. I'd recommend it to the juniors and seniors. The sheer size of it might frighten away the freshmen. It would make a great supplemental project for history or English class. It might also be interesting for physics students to analyze how/why the planes did or didn't succeed.(less)

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Bam cooks the books ;-)
#2016-aty-reading-challenge-week-41: a book about a major world event.

The late 1920s are endlessly fascinating to me! I've read One Summer: America, 1927 which was largely about Lindbergh's amazing flight. But what about female flyers? Was Amelia Earhart the only one?

In her work of historical fiction, Laurie Notaro tells the little-known story of three fascinating young aviatrixes who desperately want to be the first woman to fly across the Atlantic: Elsie Mackay, daughter of an Earl and first
In her new novel Crossing the Horizon, Laura Notaro has cast light on little known stories of real women who entered the race to fly across the Atlantic, before Amelia Earhart ever became famous. Her research focused on Elsie MacKay, Mabel Boll and Ruth Elder, three very different individuals with three very different outcomes.

In the first half of the novel, the lives and loves of the young women are comprehensively described. Who they married, where they married, famous people they met, a vari
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful and fascinating story. These women were brave and determined to make history. They are the pioneers of our airline industry. Because of their bravery and some of their deaths, flying over the Atlantic became an everyday occurrence. I learned so much about the first women in aviation.

I won this book on Goodreads.
Aug 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Who will be the first woman to fly across the Atlantic? Will it be Mabel, a glamorous society girl with her head in the clouds, Elsie McKay daughter of the Earl or Ruth Elder "America's girl" and beauty pageant queen? This book starts off exciting and just gets more enthralling as the pages turn.
This story was so well researched and written that I couldn't help but be captivated by each woman's story. The author tells each story with such passion that you can't help but fall in love with all th
Robbi Leah  Freeman
Dec 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Excellent research and historical information on women pilots and the race across the Atlantic. The book is written like fiction as far as dialogue but author stays close to the correct historical information. I wasn't sure if I would like it or not, but I'm very happy to have read it. My Grandmother was one of the First Ladies in the air force as a WAC and I wish she was still living to be able to read this book. Highly Recommend and will warn you, one of the women trying to cross the Atlantic ...more
Mary (Marbear)
Nov 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received a advance copy of "Crossing the Horizon," from Melanie Mitzman at Simon and Schuster. At first I thought this really isn't my cup of tea. But I was very wrong. Meet Mabel, Elisie and Ruth. The famous women all wanting to be the first woman to fly cross the Atlantic. You will fall in love with the characters. Although Mabel drove me crazy at times. Lol. We think of men flying planes across oceans during this time period but I never stopped to think about the women. This is a must read. ...more
Meg - A Bookish Affair
4.5 stars. "Crossing the Horizon" is a historical fiction tale about three women who are vying to be the female follow-up to Charles Lindbergh's crossing of the Atlantic. The book follows also Elsie, a woman from a rich English family who is the first Englishwoman to get her pilot's license. There is Mabel a spoiled rich woman who won't take no for an answer. There is also Ruth, who becomes one of the American women in the race. The book follows these very different women and all that they'll go ...more
Jul 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Long before Amelia Earhart, Anne Lindbergh, and Beryl Markham burst upon the aviation scene, three other women were vying to be the first to fly across the Atlantic, and I was transfixed by this novel about their personal lives and exploits. This well-written and well researched story is a must for anyone who loves historical fiction, especially for readers of Paula McLain's CIRCLING THE SUN, the novel about Beryl Markham. Also recommended for readers of Melanie Benjamin's THE AVIATOR'S WIFE, an ...more
Sep 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
NOTE: Received as an ARC from Netgalley.

Before reading this novel, I had no idea so many women were vying for the title "Queen of the Air," as Mabel Boll put it--heiresses, gold diggers, beauty queens, and even a princess. Of the three women, I found Mabel the hardest to like, Elsie the most serious about flying, and Ruth deceptively ditzy.

The book started off a bit slow for me, but then I got caught up in the fates of the aviatrixes, the pilots that flew with them, and their families (and pets
Dec 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the true story of three women attempting to be the first woman to cross the Atlantic. It is 1927 and Charles Lindbergh has made his historic trip across the Atlantic. Now it is time for a woman to do it - but who?

Elsie Mackay is the third and favorite daughter of Lord Inchcape. Stubborn, thrill-seeking, and utterly fearless just like her father (which is what concerns him), she worries her family with her wild, free ways.

"Elsie had failed at nothing. Whatever she set her sights to, she
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Since my husband is an aviation fanatic, I thought I had heard all about the early days of flying. But as so often happens, most of the history dwells on the successes of those who set the records, and these were mostly men. I enjoyed hearing the stories of the three women who were in the news when flying was in its infancy. First I need to say that I was privileged to receive a copy of CROSSING THE HORIZON from the publisher, Gallery Books, through Goodreads.

Laurie Notaro weaves the stories of
Lora Penza
Aug 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Crossing the Horizon is humorist Laurie Notaro's first foray into historical fiction and it's amazing! It's the story of 3 women and their attempt to be the first to cross the Atlantic after Lindbergh's historical flight in 1927. The race was on to see who would be the first. We've all heard of Amelia Earhart's solo flight but was she really the first? Did you know her first flight was as a passenger who slept most of the way? She never touched the controls of the plane.

Who were Elsie MacKay, Ma
Nov 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Dec 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Your cook is not very good, and I am honestly struggling through this meal. It is a shame that a baby (lamb/veal) had to die for this. You should apologize to its mother, several times.

No matter what they say, if you feel right and now you are right, pay off all knocks with a smile.

Come on, fellas! Let's ankle it outta here! We've got our fans to meet!

Good Lord, Lyle. Whose pants are you wearing now? Because they are clearly too big for you.

She felt that she had closed the door to a room she n
Wendy Bunnell
Jan 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've read pretty much everything by Laurie Notaro, so I was of course interested in reading Crossing the Horizon even though I'm not always wild about historical fiction. I knew hardly anything about this period of time in the late 1920s (which is almost one hundred years ago now), following Charles Lindbergh's successful transatlantic flight.

I think the fact that struck me the most about the reflection on this period of time, was that a person's entire future could be changed by their involvem
Kara Hansen
Oct 26, 2016 rated it liked it
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Thank you to NetGalley and Gallery Books for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review. This book is getting a barely there 3-star review. I wavered on what my final rating would be as I hovered between 2 and 3 stars throughout the book. I was excited to read this book as I was interested in a part of history that I did not really know~ like everyone, I had heard of Amelia Earhart, but did not know about anyone else who
Aug 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 1920s
Inspired by true events, Crossing the Horizon is the heartbreaking and lovely story of women fighting for a spot in history against tremendous odds. In the 1920s, before Amelia Earhart made history with her solo flight, each of these women wanted to be first.

Elsie was the fierce daughter of an English peer who was sucked out of a plane during a loop maneuver and managed to hold on to a wire until the pilot could land. Mabel was the beautiful cigar girl who married into wealth, determined to be f
Debra Slonek
Dec 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-reads
A well crafted historical novel about three women, aviatrixes, each with a burning desire to be the first woman to travel across the Atlantic Ocean by plane. Mabel, Ruth and Elsie competed with each other, the harsh and unrelenting elements, and the limits of technology in the 1920's.

As each woman reached for the sky, they dealt with risks, dangers, sacrifices and alienation from family members. They fueled their quests with hopes, dreams, determination, courage and fortitude.

While attempting to
Jan 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great book for our daughters to read. Determined women who want to achieve their dreams
Jan 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
As a person who got her pilot license in Feb 1964, then flew for several years until my instructor who had more than 14,000 flight hours made a mistake with a plane that was new to him and flew into a hill with 6 people on board.

I love it when a book revives that love of flying, bravery and fear. I had never heard of the rivalry among women before reading this book. Although the characters may be a bit overdrawn, it is interesting to see how different each was as each insisted on being first wo
Paula Landry
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing

I had my doubts, mostly due to the fact that i'ma voracious reader of everything the funniest women writing memoirs have to offer these days Laurie Notaro is in that group of painfully honest and excruciatingly funny women we need MORE of (Jen Lancaster, Negin Farsad, Jenny Lawson, Allie Brosh, Lisa Lampanelli, Monique Marvez).

When a writer - who is a brilliant memoirist - writes fiction - often the results are clunky. And I've been disappointed several times (not naming
Kristin (Kritters Ramblings)
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An interesting cross between fiction and non fiction with most of the content of the story being true, but told in a fictional way - I enjoyed reading the ups and downs of the first women to try to cross the Atlantic by plane and all of the hoops they had to jump through just to potentially get the plane in the air.

The cast of characters was massive and with the common goal in mind it was hard at times to remember who was who and who they were work
Apr 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-reads
If you think you know everything there is to know about Laurie Notaro from reading her humorous autobiographies, think again. This book was so different from anything else of hers I've read. Crossing the Horizon follows the lives of three very different women: Elsie MacKay, Mabel Boll and Ruth Elder in the race to be the first woman to fly across the Atlantic. It's historical fiction, but Notaro has done her research. She does a fantastic job of painting the picture of those flights. I knew earl ...more
Dec 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
This book took me a little longer than my usual reading speed, but it definitely helped me absorb what I was reading. Elsie, Ruth, and Mabel are three women all in a race to be the first to cross the Atlantic by plane, but then that Amelia Earhart is around too. It was very interesting learning about these three women that I had never heard of before, and learning how each woman's adventure and life turned out. Who will be the first and get the ticker tape parade?! There was one woman that I def ...more
Nov 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a tour de force! This is the real deal, literally. Herein lies the story of the actual first woman(women) to fly over the Atlantic Ocean in an airplane; and actually man the controls, as opposed to Amelia Earheart-- who indeed, ' made it all the way' but didn't fly the plane once. This is a story about brave maverick women who broke society's rules of the time and did as they pleased, and did it with panache. It's a truly wonderful tale , I finished it at just the right time for me... It he ...more
Caralyn McDaniel
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I am a *bit* biased, as one of its' three subjects is my great-aunt Ruth Elder. I met the author Laurie Notaro at the Birmingham signing event, and we'd talked prior to that about all her research on Ruth. I loved Laurie's various turns of phrase, and the way she captures the characters' personalities on the page. The writing moves along at a nice clip, never slow, and as always in real life, there are plenty of entertaining and intriguing characters all around. This is for an ...more
Jana Eichhorn
Dec 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I stayed up three hours past my bedtime on a work night to finish devouring this book.
Annie Noblin
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is beautifully written. I have long been a fan of LN, but this book is just fantastic. I think everyone should read it AT LEAST once.
Mike Shoop
Aug 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great adventure story (based on fact) of women vying to be the first woman in history to make the transatlantic flight to Europe after Charles Lindbergh completed his 1927 flight. A Southern belle beauty queen, a glamorous madcap socialite from New York, and an unconventional English heiress are in the race (along with others like Amelia Earhart and Woodrow Wilson's niece Frances Grayson), determined at all costs to be first. Competition is fierce: for planes, for pilots, for sponsors. Well writ ...more
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
While this book sometimes took its time to "take off," the stories were incredibly compelling and well balanced in their presentation. This was a fascinating glimpse into this time period and slice of history.
The writing itself was very colorful and while they can't be truly confirmed, the inner thoughts of the characters as presented on the page are so colorful and alive. I feel I got to know these women very well and I am grateful to have their stories.
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