Marion City Library announces their 2020 One Community-One Book selection

The Marion City Library announced that the 2020 One Community-One Book selection this year is “Fly Girls, by Keith O’Brien.

A discussion of the book “Fly Girls” will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24 in the Kansas Room at the Marion City Library.

The discussion will be led by Myrta Billings.

“Fly Girls” is the untold story of five women who fought to compete against men in the high-stakes national air races of the 1920s and 1930s — and won. Between the world wars, no sport was more popular, or more dangerous, than airplane racing. Thousands of fans flocked to multi-day events, and cities vied with one another to host them.

Female pilots were more often ridiculed than praised for what the press portrayed as silly efforts to horn in on a manly, and deadly, pursuit. Fly Girls recounts how a group of women banded together to break the original glass ceiling: the entrenched prejudice that conspired to keep them out of the sky.

O’Brien weaves together the stories of five remarkable women: Florence Klingensmith, a high school dropout who worked for a dry cleaner in Fargo, North Dakota; Ruth Elder, an Alabama divorcee; Amelia Earhart, the most famous, but not necessarily the most skilled; Ruth Nichols, who chafed at the constraints of her blue blood family’s expectations; and Louise Thaden, the mother of two young kids who got her start selling coal in Wichita. Together, they fought for the chance to race against the men—and in 1936 one of them would triumph in the toughest race of all. Like Hidden Figures and Girls of Atomic City, Fly Girls celebrates a little-known slice of history in which tenacious, trail-blazing women braved all obstacles to achieve greatness.

This is the fourth year of the One Community, One Book reading project in the community. The project centers on the community-wide reading of a single book and is dedicated to creating a shared conversation. Through a shared reading experience, we will discuss issues that matter, learn from each other and promote greater understanding.

Copies of the books are available for checkout at the Marion City Library.

For questions or for more information call the Marion City Library 620-382-2442

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