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Circling the Sun by Paula McLain

The Plane-Trip Pick

Modern air travel has its quirks and inconveniences (think 3-hour "mechanical" delays), but consider what Beryl Markham had to deal with as a bush pilot in 1930s Africa: navigating unmapped territory and trying to locate lions lurking in the grass beside the runways. As exciting as Markham's professional life was, it didn't hold a candle to her private affairs. McLain—author of The Paris Wife— mines this rich source material in her new biographical novel, delving into Markham's friendship with Hemingway, her entanglement in a love triangle with safari hunter Denys Finch Hatton and Out of Africa author Karen Blixen, her three marriages and her rumored affairs with the Duke of Gloucester and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Actress Katharine McEwan's melodious, English voice is so spellbinding you may not realize that your plane has landed.