The Map of My Dead Pilots

The Dangerous Game of Flying in Alaska

by Colleen Catherine Mondor

The Map of My Dead Pilots

Hardcover, 242 pages, Globe Pequot Pr, List Price: $22.95 | purchase

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Explores the history of Alaskan aviation, discussing small plane piloting in the wildest territory of the United States.

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Summer Books 2012

Nancy Pearl Unearths Great Summer Reads

I know that the first two letters of "memoir" spell "me," but the kind of memoir I like best is one that goes beyond being simply a personal account and instead tells a larger story. The Map of My Dead Pilots by Colleen Mondor does exactly that. From 1993 to 1997 the author worked as the dispatch coordinator for an air transport company headquartered in Fairbanks, Alaska. This isn't a neatly narrated, chronological account with a clean beginning and a clear end. Rather, in lyrical,

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