Book Review: American Sky

Good morning, friends! Today I have a new book review, another departure from some of my previous reviews, but a happy and lovely one that I hope you’ll enjoy too. Here’s AMERICAN SKY by Fred Tribuzzo.

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AS coverJacket Copy:  American Sky: Good Landings and Other Flying Adventures is the author’s journey from antiwar protester of the late sixties to the cockpit of the world’s fastest business jet. It’s the story of a young man going to work for a father and son who not only teach the skills for starting a Lycoming or Continental engine on a hot summer day, but provide the daily humor, courage, and wise-words to pursue dreams.

Whether attending a training session with a fellow pilot whose relative snapped the famous photograph of the Wright Brothers’ first flight, or listening to a grouchy cab driver’s pithy remarks before a long flight home, the author encounters people and random experiences as if they’re signposts of life. He learns that a teacher can often be a place, a stranger, a storm, the sky itself.

The world comes awake, and on the eve of starting flight lessons, a World War Two veteran will insist the author shun sailplanes and experience powered flight, the joy of driving straight up into the clouds.

In American Sky, events and people shift in time, and experiences blossom unexpectedly. Yet the influence of a mentor remains a visible, poignant anchor.

Review: American Sky is a lovely, meandering, very visual foray into memories and moments of lessons and observations of beautiful things. At first I expected it to be linear and comprehensive, but I realized it works best as a series of short stories, each chapter an encounter that does, in the end, lead to a complete person. It works well this way, because each moment is given the attention it deserves, and the writing is so lyrical and rich that I really wanted to read slowly, a bit at a time, and savor it as I went. I’ve always had an interest in aviation, and if I could, I would take flight lessons, so I loved reading the details of the aircraft and lessons, numbers and facts that provided a solid backdrop for the sweet stories of people and experiences that unfolded. I really enjoyed American Sky as a relaxing and rejuvenating read. It will appeal to anyone with an interest in flight, in gorgeous literary prose, or a desire to relax and slip into someone else’s life and experiences for a time.

tribuzzoThe Author: Fred Tribuzzo has been published in Flying magazine and has flown aircraft from the J3 Cub to the fastest corporate jet ever made— the Citation Ten. He also flew internationally for eight years on a corporate Boeing 737. On two separate tours of duty, Fred played electric bass for the Numbers Band from Northeastern Ohio, performing on four of the band’s CDs. Tribuzzo received a fellowship in 1987 from the Ohio Arts Council for piano, oboe and string compositions.

 

 

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Fred Tribuzzo has been published in Flying magazine and has flown aircraft from the J3 Cub to the fastest corporate jet ever made— the Citation Ten. He also flew internationally for eight years on a corporate Boeing 737. On two separate tours of duty, Fred played electric bass for the Numbers Band from Northeastern Ohio, performing on four of the band’s CDs. Tribuzzo received a fellowship in 1987 from the Ohio Arts Council for piano, oboe and string compositions. – See more at: http://www.closedthecover.com/american-sky-virtual-tour.html#sthash.QdGraKR2.dpuf
American Sky: Good Landings and Other Flying Adventures is the author’s journey from antiwar protester of the late sixties to the cockpit of the world’s fastest business jet. It’s the story of a young man going to work for a father and son who not only teach the skills for starting a Lycoming or Continental engine on a hot summer day, but provide the daily humor, courage, and wise-words to pursue dreams.

Whether attending a training session with a fellow pilot whose relative snapped the famous photograph of the Wright Brothers’ first flight, or listening to a grouchy cab driver’s pithy remarks before a long flight home, the author encounters people and random experiences as if they’re signposts of life. He learns that a teacher can often be a place, a stranger, a storm, the sky itself.

The world comes awake, and on the eve of starting flight lessons, a World War Two veteran will insist the author shun sailplanes and experience powered flight, the joy of driving straight up into the clouds.

In American Sky, events and people shift in time, and experiences blossom unexpectedly. Yet the influence of a mentor remains a visible, poignant anchor. – See more at: http://www.closedthecover.com/american-sky-virtual-tour.html#sthash.QdGraKR2.dpuf

American Sky: Good Landings and Other Flying Adventures is the author’s journey from antiwar protester of the late sixties to the cockpit of the world’s fastest business jet. It’s the story of a young man going to work for a father and son who not only teach the skills for starting a Lycoming or Continental engine on a hot summer day, but provide the daily humor, courage, and wise-words to pursue dreams.

Whether attending a training session with a fellow pilot whose relative snapped the famous photograph of the Wright Brothers’ first flight, or listening to a grouchy cab driver’s pithy remarks before a long flight home, the author encounters people and random experiences as if they’re signposts of life. He learns that a teacher can often be a place, a stranger, a storm, the sky itself.

The world comes awake, and on the eve of starting flight lessons, a World War Two veteran will insist the author shun sailplanes and experience powered flight, the joy of driving straight up into the clouds.

In American Sky, events and people shift in time, and experiences blossom unexpectedly. Yet the influence of a mentor remains a visible, poignant anchor. – See more at: http://www.closedthecover.com/american-sky-virtual-tour.html#sthash.QdGraKR2.dpuf

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