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An entertaining and fascinating memoir of “gifted storyteller” (People) Ann Hood’s adventurous years as a TWA flight attendant.

In 1978, in the tailwind of the golden age of air travel, flight attendants were the epitome of glamor and sophistication. Fresh out of college and hungry to experience the world―and maybe, one day, write about it―Ann Hood joined their ranks. After a grueling job search, Hood survived TWA’s rigorous Breech Training Academy and learned to evacuate seven kinds of aircraft, deliver a baby, mix proper cocktails, administer oxygen, and stay calm no matter what the situation.

In the air, Hood found both the adventure she’d dreamt of and the unexpected realities of life on the job. She carved chateaubriand in the first-class cabin and dined in front of the pyramids in Cairo, fended off passengers’ advances and found romance on layovers in London and Lisbon, and walked more than a million miles in high heels. She flew through the start of deregulation, an oil crisis, massive furloughs, and a labor strike.

As the airline industry changed around her, Hood began to write―even drafting snatches of her first novel from the jump-seat. She reveals how the job empowered her, despite its roots in sexist standards. Packed with funny, moving, and shocking stories of life as a flight attendant, Fly Girl captures the nostalgia and magic of air travel at its height, and the thrill that remains with every takeoff.

©2022 Ann Hood (P)2022 Recorded Books

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A great story from a great writer

As a lifelong aviation fan, I loved Ann’s book. I’ve been an airline pilot, an air ambulance pilot, a private VVIP pilot, and the owner of a private charter company. Thoroughly loved Ann’s story and her clear love of aviation.

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Your story captured me, right from the start!

Loved listening to your story. You captured me, right from chapter 1. Congratulations!! your life as a small-town RI girl, through life's changes were spellbinding.

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From one ex-flight attendant to another…..

Thank you for helping me to relive such great memories ♥️

Piedmont Airlines 1989-1999
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UAL Stewardess in 1961

I love this book. it explains my feelings about flying exactly. Now the aiirlines need more help. at 83 I keep wondering if I could get rehired. I can fly non-rev on Alaska Airlines because my oldest son, a retired Captain on Horizon Air, has made it possible. Thanks, Ann, for putting into words my feelings.

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Thank you

Your book has brought back such wonderful memories of being a Eastern and American Airlines Flight Attendant. I flew from 1987-2004. I found myself laughing and crying with all your stories. Many of which endured myself. I can’t wait to pass this book along to my fellow ex flight attendants., THANK YOU

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Fun listen

Very enjoyable insight into the life of a flight attendant some tears ago. Read pleasantly by the author herself. I would recommend.

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This touched me in more ways than I expected

Ann has such a way of bringing the story to life and keeping you entertained through the entire writing. The history of aviation, TWA, woman's rights, and all the stories of events that happened while flying was a delight to listen to. Thank you Ann for this book.

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If you can recall the era when flying was a treasured experience and not the ordeal it has become today, this book is for you. Ms. Hood has lovingly related her flying career from the interview process, through training and on to what it was like to be paid to travel around the world. Her story is warm, engaging and most of all very entertaining. I had previously read a similar book about a flight attendant’s brief time during the last years of Pan Am. Unfortunately that book focused on the salacious. Thankfully Ms. Hood took a different approach. I felt like I was sitting across from her at dinner as she shared stories of her career with me. Thank you for allowing your listeners to gain a peek behind the curtains of what it’s truly like to be a flight attendant.

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As a former flight attendant from that era, Ann was on point and evoked all those same feelings of that life. She really gives perspective of a lifestyle and the love of flying and class ones that no longer exists….

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As a former flight attendant I looked forward to this book after seeing a review in the Boston Globe
I never expected the detail Ann Hood described. The book brought back so many memories that it brought tears to my eyes. I too am so grateful for my years of being a flight attendant and this book reminded me of that