September’s “Read Carolina” Book Club Picks!

For September's book club picks, our Producer Olivia has selected a biography and domestic fiction centered around strong and hard working women.

Read Carolina’s September pick is “Come Fly the World: The Jet-Age Story of the Women of Pan Am” by Julia Cooke. Following the lives of several female stewardesses from the 1960’s through the 80’s, we get an extensive peek into the glamorous life of these young and single globetrotters. But we’re also enlightened to the harsh realities of the job. Beneath the elegance, these women were subjected to extremely strict regulations on their weight, age, looks, clothes and even their marital status. They were also put under extreme pressure, oftentimes working in the middle of war zones. With only 6 months of basic training, they learned how to apply the perfect lipstick and deescalate situations involving armed hijackers. Not to mention their participation in the Vietnam War, which included everything from to shuttling soldiers to and from battle lines, to executing operation Babylift in April of 1975. You’ll instantly feel transported back into the past in this breathtaking biography focused on war, feminism, racism and civil rights.
Our honorable mention this month goes to “In a Book Club Far Away” by Tif Marcelo. This fictional novel is written from the perspective of a real life veteran army nurse. Regina, Adelaide and Sophie all met ten years ago while their husbands were deployed overseas. They bonded first over their local book club, and then over their shared experiences as military wives and mothers. But in the present, they are estranged. When Adelaide needs emergency surgery, she reaches out to her friends for help and over the course of a week, the three of them are forced to reckon with the events that pulled their lives into such different directions. Dramatic and moving, this novel paints a heartfelt portrait on friendship, love and life in the military.

You can purchase “Come Fly the World” at Amazon or Barnes and Noble. You can also find “In a Book Club Far Away” at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. If you join our monthly book club, please let us know what you think!

For more information, you can reach out to Olivia at obreen@wfxb.com.