Review: Learning to Fly (An Uncommon Memoir of Human Flight, Unexpected Love, and one Amazing Dog) by Steph Davis

learning to flyReviewed by Karin

If you ever wanted to know the motivation of one who climbs mountains with and without gear, this book is for you.

When Davis’ marriage to a fellow climber disintegrates, after a long time relationship, together and apart, she is left shiftless. Somehow out of the ashes she decides she wants to learn to jump from a plane, then she learns to base jump and more. And she finds love again.

It is clear she loves her dog Fletch, and her new relationship has both care for her and for her dog. There is surely love.

I found the book fascinating, especially since my cousin was very into jumping.

This is not something I have any interest in doing whatsoever because I don’t do well with heights, but I sure enjoyed the book. Personally, I can’t imagine climbing a sheer cliff alone, without gear, with no one knowing where I was. More power to her. She makes it clear that she was cautious and careful — and trained. But it hardly seems possible.

On the other hand, there is something to be said for moving past so-called human limits.

And on top of that, she has a couple of serious accidents — and she gets out there again.

The pictures are worth the price of the book. Yowser! The pictures, both in color and black and white, are amazing. They make my stomach swoop, even when I’m not standing in the position of the camera. And the way she moves to get the next foot and hand hold are breath taking — she is very limber.

The cover is beautiful.


Buy: Learning to Fly: An Uncommon Memoir of Human Flight, Unexpected Love, and One Amazing Dog

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