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Flying Alone: A Memoir

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At thirteen years old, Elizabeth Ruggiero’s heart was broken when her father died suddenly. But there was a bigger challenge ahead when doctors told her she probably had multiple sclerosis at 22 years old. Elizabeth vowed that this new challenge would not put restrictions on her life and embarked on a lifelong dream to fly for the airlines. Starting at the small local airp ...more
Kindle Edition, 1st, 202 pages
Published September 2019 by Self-published Author
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Kate Vocke (bookapotamus)
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, bios, non-fiction
Flying Alone was something I knew I had to read. I know several people who suffer from Multiple Sclerosis. Including my most best friend since I was seven years old.

She’s brave, and courageous, and pretty darn awesome. And most of the time – she “seems fine.” I think that’s the biggest misunderstanding of MS. It’s for the most part, fairly invisible to others. The pain and fatigue isn’t always obvious. The symptoms and flareups present differently for every person. It’s very unpredic
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Cheryl
Oct 05, 2019 rated it liked it
I did like reading this book. Beth's story of how she did not let her multiple sclerosis keep her from achieving her dreams was inspiring. In addition, for someone that is interested in aviation, you will be familiar with the different terms. For others that are not familiar; the footnotes at the bottom of the various pages are very informative. I like when the footnotes are featured on the page versus at the back of the book.

While, I don't want to take anything away from Beth's story. I did fi
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David Crawley
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR ALL READERS … An absolutely outstanding memoir that I wasn’t able to put down until I had read the last page. Climbing the experience ladder in civilian aviation to become an airline pilot involved flying for several fly-by-night companies which had little respect for FAA regulations and maintenance requirements. The author describes in detail a number of harrowing flying experiences and honestly bares her own mistakes in judgment and planning in a few instances. The descriptions ...more
Lovely Loveday
Flying Alone is a captivating memoir by Beth Ruggiero York about her journey in finding acceptance. A beautifully well-written story of heartbreaking yet uplifting struggles the author faced in her longing to belong. Flying Alone shares the struggles that one woman faces when trying to pursuing a career in a male-dominated culture. York shares her personal growth and how she finds confidence during some of her weakest moments.
Darleen
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A very easy read with lots of in-air drama. Well written and descriptive and you can imagine yourself in the pilots seat!
Elaine Forsey
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beth- This is a beautifully written memoir of your journey in searching for acceptance and belonging. Your vulnerability as you allow us to witness your attachment to an aviation instructor, your struggles to succeed, and your confusion. It’s a wonderful “feminist” story about pursuing a career in a male dominated culture, having to constantly be better than their male counterparts to be taken seriously and accepted.Now for another memoir including the important mother daughter relationship? Som ...more
Hobart
Nov 04, 2019 rated it liked it
This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.
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When she was 14 years old, Elizabeth flew for the first time—as she says, it was the first time she'd been that excited since her father died the previous year—and she made a promise to herself that she'd learn to fly.

Her plan had been to join the Navy and become a pilot, which would put her on the fast track to being an airline pilot (her ultimate goal). This was derailed by a diagnosis of probable MS, the Navy would no sooner train a pilot who'd likely d
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Miriam Downey
Oct 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Read my full review here: http://mimi-cyberlibrarian.blogspot.c...

In her memoir, Flying Alone, Beth Ruggiero York tells the story of her young adulthood in the 1980s when she sought to learn to fly airplanes with the goal of becoming a pilot for a major airline. She says, “Those were my first impressions of the world of aviation—Rod, bottles of Canadian whiskey, working the line. . .and my flight instructor, Steve. I started as official lineperson at New England Flyers on April 27, 1985, my twenty-third birthday, four months
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Viviane Crystal
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Once flying got into Beth Ruggerio’s blood as a teen, she was totally hooked. At first she was sidelined with a brutal diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. But with medication she was able to make a plan to get into flying. It wasn’t to be through the Navy training she had initially planned but she decided to would take lessons and earn and licenses through the hours she put in flying and the tests she would have to take along the way. This is as much an adventure story as it is a memoir for Beth’s ...more
Sara Goodnick
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I wish this book had been available when I was a teen. However, I am so glad to have read it even now. Beth's determination, courage, and focus are inspiring. She successfully navigated a man's world, the aviation industry, at a time when women were discouraged from entering any previously male-dominated line of work. The glimpse of what it takes to begin a career with the airlines was completely fascinating. It was a hard book to put down, but well written and easy to read.
Kayo
Sep 08, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Had high hopes for this one. Was a bit monotonous and it wasn't a fun read.

Thanks to author, publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this book . While I got the book for free, it had no bearing on the rating I gave it.
Firetruckmama
I won a Kindle version of this book in a Goodreads giveaway, for which I'd like to thank the publisher and author.

I found this book interesting and enjoyed reading about Ms. York's beginnings in aviation. I also found some of her jobs a bit interesting too - although in a different way. While the writing was fine at times it felt a bit flat - some things went into great detail and others seemed quickly skimmed over. It was a fine book for those interested in aviation, but it wasn't a
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Making Connections: 5557. Flying Alone: A Memoir by Beth Ruggiero York 2 16 Oct 13, 2019 05:08AM  
Beth is a former airline pilot for Trans World Airlines. She entered the world of civil aviation in 1984 shortly after graduating from college and, for the next five years, climbed the ladder to her ultimate goal of flying for a major airline. Beth originally wrote Flying Alone in the early 1990s, shortly after her career as a pilot ended and the memories were fresh. She is now a Chinese translato ...more