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Another Great Day at Sea: Life Aboard the USS George H.W. Bush By Geoff Dyer Cover Image
ISBN: 9780804170208
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Published: Vintage - April 7th, 2015

Dyer's book of short essays about life on a US Navy aircraft carrier is informative and funny. He's an irreverent Brit with a thing for fighter jets, so naturally, a carrier, with its five thousand busy inhabitants, is a wealthy source of material: military jargon, military hierarchy, military food... and god, those smart, sexy pilots and their even sexier planes. *swoon*

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Skyfaring: A Journey with a Pilot (Vintage Departures) By Mark Vanhoenacker Cover Image
ISBN: 9780804169714
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Published: Vintage - May 3rd, 2016

I could NOT shut up about this book while I was reading it (my children will attest) because I found it at once so informative and so very lovely. I never thought there could be poetry in radio beacons, existentialism in jet-lag, or beauty in cock-pit waste-bins, but Vanhoenacker deftly and eloquently expresses all these things and more. You, too, will be transfixed. 

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Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar By Cheryl Strayed Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307949332
Published: Vintage - July 10th, 2012

Before she became famous for writing WILD, Strayed was the anonymous advice columnist for, where she dispensed wisdom on all variety of human experiences. This is a collection of those letters and essays, but it reads more like a memoir, as Strayed plumbs her own depths for others' benefit. I read it in a day and a half and vowed to give it to every one of my nearest and dearest, Strayed moved me so. 

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No Touch Monkey!: And Other Travel Lessons Learned Too Late By Ayun Halliday Cover Image
ISBN: 9781580056014
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Published: Seal Press - August 25th, 2015

An All-Time Favorite! Take Ayun Halliday's HILARIOUS, wildly self-exposing, and instructive book of travel tales with you on your next airplane schlep, to the DMV, or wherever else you might expect a degree of circumstantial suffering. These stories will proved a therapeutic dose of schadenfreude and enough laughter to dull your own pain nicely. 

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Becoming Nicole: The inspiring story of transgender actor-activist Nicole Maines and her extraordinary family By Amy Ellis Nutt Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812995435
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - June 7th, 2016

This is an intimate and sensitive portrait of a child and family in transition. Entirely without salaciousness or judgment, Nutt lifts the veil that has for too long obscured the inner lives of transgendered people. I am more empathetic for reading it.

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