The Amazing Amelia Earhart

Get to know the pioneering aviatrix Amelia Earhart in these books about her life and career or pick up a novel centered on her mysterious disappearance.

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Amelia Earhart: A Biography
By Doris L. Rich
She died mysteriously before she was forty. Yet in the last decade of her life Amelia Earhart soared from obscurity to fame as the best-known female aviator in the world. Rich's exhaustively researched biography downplays the "What Happened to Amelia Earhart?" myth by disclosing who Earhart really was – a woman of three centuries, born in the 19th, pioneering in the 20th, and advocating ideals and dreams relevant to the 21st.

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The Sound of Wings: The Life of Amelia Earhart
By Mary S. Lovell
This definitive biography of aviation legend Amelia Earhart delivers a brilliantly researched report on Earhart's life – from her tomboy childhood and early fascination with flying, her peculiar business/matrimonial relationship with publisher G.P. Putnam to her consuming quest for aviation fame.

Still Missing: Amelia Earhart and the Search for Modern Feminism
By Susan Ware
Still Missing is a fascinating biography of one of the most intriguing women of modern history. In it, Susan Ware recovers the parts of Earhart's life that have been obscured by the emphasis on her disappearance. Setting her in her place and times, Ware speaks of the woman who set aviation records, who endlessly promoted the ability of women to enter any and all professions, who served as a dynamic role model because of her charm and spirit.

Amelia Earhart: The Mystery Solved
By Elgen M. Long and Marie K. Long
In 1937, Amelia Earhart disappeared into the Pacific Ocean only days from completing her famous around-the-world flight. Her plane was never found. This book reveals the authors’ findings and brings to life the primitive conditions under which early aviators flew – including lack of radar, unreliable communications, grass landing strips, and poorly mapped islands – reminding us just how daring Earhart was.

East to the Dawn: The Life of Amelia Earhart
By Susan Butler
Based on ten years of research through archives, letters, and diaries, and on interviews with friends and relatives, this insightful biography includes intricate details about Earhart's career and her fateful last flight.

Books by Amelia Earhart

The Fun of It book jacket

The Fun of It: Random Records of my Own Flying and of Women in Aviation
By Amelia Earhart
The first woman to solo across the Atlantic recalls her youth, early encounters with flying, career as a pilot, and other pioneers in aviation.

Last Flight
By Amelia Earhart; arranged by George Palmer Putnam
This book contains Earhart’s own words about her final flight – her attempt to fly around the world in 1937. It contains dispatches, letters, diary entries and charts that she sent to her husband, the publisher G. P. Putnam, throughout the trip.

Letters from Amelia, 1901-1937
Edited by Jean L. Backus
Read Earhart’s letters to her mother in Letters from Amelia.

Amelia Earhart in fiction

I Was Amelia Earhart book jacket

I Was Amelia Earhart: A Novel
By Jane Mendelsohn
Using the mysterious disappearance of Amelia Earhart as a catalyst, Mendelsohn has created a breathtakingly imaginative novel in which Earhart speaks to readers from beyond the sky. Based on the premise that Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan survive the crash on a deserted atoll, I Was Amelia Earhart offers a tour de force of narrative ventriloquism – gripping, poetic, and romantic in the best sense of the word.

Flying Blind: A Novel of Amelia Earhart
By Max Allan Collins
In this novel in the Shamus Award-winning series, Detective Heller tries to solve one of the greatest mysteries of the 20th century – the unexplained disappearance of Amelia Earhart.

Hidden Latitudes: A Novel
By Alison Anderson
This imaginative solution to the mystery of the disappearance of Amelia Earhart – one of the most captivating figures of modern times – offers readers an unforgettable encounter with adventure, myth, and the many faces of love.

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