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Circling the Sun

By Paula McLain

In a time when women were expected to be “seen and not heard,” Beryl Markham brazenly ignored all the rules.  Kenya in the 1920s was hardly a place for a head-strong, independent female. But unbound by fear or convention, Markham became Africa’s first female bush pilot and thoroughbred trainer, and made history in 1936 as the first person to fly the Atlantic solo from England to North America.

Her exciting and colorful path intersects with the lives of royalty, adventurers, and movie stars.  We witness the alarming shifts in the African landscape and ecosystem through her watchful eyes. And we are treated to an intimate view of the passionate lives of Baroness Karen Blixen and safari hunter Denys Finch-Hatton – Meryl Streep and Robert Redford in Out of Africa .

Follow this remarkable woman as she lives life to the fullest – and in trousers!

SUGGESTION: Put your feet up, play the Out of Africa movie soundtrack, and savor every page of this beautifully written book.