Title: Fire and Air: A Life on the Edge
Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Chicago
Publication Date: 1997
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Very Good +
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good +
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: First Edition
First printing, full number line (1-5). Inscribed and signed by Wagstaff, and signed and dated by co-author Cooper, on the front endpaper: "To Jean! / Good luck with your flying! / Patty Wagstaff / Ann L. Cooper / 1997." In 1991 pilot Wagstaff was the first woman to win the U.S. Aerobatic Championship, which she three-peated; in 2004 she was elected to the National Aviation Hall of Fame. Quarterbound in light blue paper-covered boards with a black cloth, red-foil-lettered spine. The book is tight, square, and unmarked; corners sharp, spine ends lightly bumped; foxing to top page edges. The dust jacket is not price-clipped (original price $24.95); sun-fading to the spine. Brodart protected. Bookseller Inventory # 003622
Synopsis: A woman testing the limits in life and in aviation.
From Booklist: Wagstaff spent the first 30 years of her life surviving a dysfunctional family, an abusive marriage, and the counterculture. She then learned to fly with such authority that she won the U.S. National Acrobatic Championship thrice (she is the only woman to win it at all) and became an acknowledged leading figure in airshow displays and competitive acrobatics. She describes her earlier years in such a melange of New Age jargon, psychobabble, and feminese that one wonders whose voice is speaking (perhaps professional coauthor Cooper's). But then she and the book take to the air, delivering a classic flyer's narrative and imparting far more genuinely interesting information about modern acrobatic competition, its people and machines, and Wagstaff herself. So here are two books, really, flying in close formation, one likely to appeal to aging hippies, maybe, while the other tells the tale of a real champion. Roland Green
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