It’s Travel Tuesday, and once more a book is my vehicle of choice. This week I visited west Texas and other places from the clouds for the most part. Nancy Robinson Masters is a master story teller and a pilot, she flies us across the landscape and introduces us to some memorable people in her book ALL MY DOWNS HAVE BEEN UPS.
In her preflight, the section other authors might call an introduction, Nancy tells the reader that portions of the books are “absolute fact” and others are “absolute fiction.” The reader gets to decide.
She starts the book by giving us a glimpse into her childhood and offers a quick introduction to her playmates, and siblings, and her mother. From there we meet her flight instructor and the first black woman to earl an International Pilot’s license. The interesting introductions continue throughout the book trip.
The flight isn’t always smooth, she flies us over farmland devastated by fire, and airfield once used for mail pilots no longer needed and sold off for another use. She showed us a time when a little girl could buy a treat for a nickel. There were the smooth rides and the rough ones.
Going from one experience to another, one time to another, meeting the most interesting people, it was not a book to read in spurts although it is broken into small sections and can be read leisurely, by some people I suppose.
I had read the book before, several years ago and I wanted to revisit it, it probably shouldn’t count as a read for this year for me, for you though it’s different. You can find the book here, If you read it, I hope you come back and tell me what you thought. Other books, and more information about her can be found at her website, here.
Happy travels, whether by book, boat, plane, or car, enjoy the ride.