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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Book Review #10: A CHICK IN THE COCKPIT: MY LIFE UP IN THE AIR by ERIKA ARMSTRONG


TITLE: A CHICK IN THE COCKPIT: MY LIFE UP IN THE AIR
Author: ERIKA ARMSTRONG
Publisher: BEHLER PUBLICATIONS
Publication Date:  19 OCTOBER 2015
Genres: BIOGRAPHY/ MEMOIR/ ROMANCE
Available online at AMAZON and BARNES AND NOBLE

A Life Worth Reading for Our Own Success and Recovery
                                    
A Chick in the Cockpit: My Life Up in the Air is a biographical book by a female pilot named Erika Armstrong who loved and enjoyed her career with a passion.  She writes it by using aviation jargon to describe her professional and personal experiences that are a combination of laughs, tears, and triumph by the end.  In this book, she reveals her struggles of being a woman pilot, her joys of meeting the man of her dreams, the pain of spousal abuse, and of course the light at the end of the tunnel.  Erika is a survivor and she was always the breadwinner in her and her husband’s household.  

What I liked about this book most of all was how Erika defied her unique position of being a female in an all-male occupation.  She tells of the time when she had to face sexual harassment from a male colleague to the unfairness of a female employer who she thought would take care of her since she was of her gender.  Erika mentions one incident while she was piloting a flight between Mexico and the USA where there was a false bomb threat and the commotion that came about because of it.  Erika also recalls 9/11 and what she was doing on that dreadful day.  Another aspect of the story is where Erika delineates how she met her husband and how she pursued him to eventually getting hitched

This is a wonderful how-to-recover-from-a-fall instructional book for the oppressed because it features someone who fell from grace but instead of crying and dwelling on the problem this someone did something about it and was able to climb back to the top.  It has a lesson for both men and women alike that if you don’t cry out for help, or if you don’t get out and do something about your problem situation, you will never get out of it alive.  Erika Armstrong was overridden with oppression from someone she thought was the love of her life but it was acquaintances and luck that came to her rescue.  You should read her story, it will help you get a positive perspective on life if you are stuck at the bottom and don’t know how to get out of it.   

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