Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Paper Airplane: Unique Tales from a Mile High by Kersten L. Kelly

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In this tumultuous, distinctive memoir, Kersten L. Kelly looks back on the most influential individuals that she encountered while flying through the clouds. Confined in a small vestibule for hours, Kelly identified an opportunity for learning and growth by chatting with the fellow passengers around her. After a few life changing conversations and unforgettable emergencies, she put the in-flight magazines to rest and never looked back. She recalls life lessons from perfect strangers about love, family, perseverance of dreams, and humility through a series of brief anecdotes all taking place on airplanes. Selfless philanthropy was discovered, long-term friendships bonded, and talents unveiled. The book proves the phrase “you never know what you will learn on an airplane” over and over again. Every chapter will capture the mind and sometimes the heart of anyone who jumps into this collection of humanity at its best. The personalities present in this book assimilate with the intrinsic characteristics all readers can relate to. With a raw authenticity stemming from old notes in a ragged journal, Kelly delivers a personal reflection of unique tales from a mile high.
This is a wonderfully different anecdotal collection about the author’s travels on an airplane and the people she’s encountered. From the moment I read the synopsis I was taken in by the rather unique subject matter. Yes, we all travel and we all sit next to people who might talk to us, but do these conversations cement themselves in our minds?

There’s a lovely sense of wit throughout the collection. It’s not witty in the aggressive manner that some other non-fiction books can be, instead making us chuckle and nod as we recognize our own thoughts and ideas. The writing is kept straight forward, with each chapter representing a different story so that you can pick and choose if you’d rather not read all of them at once.

The anecdotes themselves were very entertaining. Yes, they’re mainly conversations, but they are intelligently transcribed so that the reader doesn’t find them dull in any way. The only thing I have to say is that some of the chapters with lots of statistical information would have been a bit better if the data had been reduced a little. It was just a bit distracting.

I do recommend this one for all lovers of non-fiction and memoirs, as well as those of you who like to read literal short stories.

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