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Sticks & Wires & Cloth by [Hopkins, Anne]
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Sticks & Wires & Cloth is about escaping into the skies of a bygone era with a 1929-design biplane. “Starting from a metal and concrete hangar of a big-city airport and watching steel and glass skyscrapers of Dallas and Fort Worth disappear, we pulled the prairie sod toward us as though closing a roll-top desk over the clutter of modern life.” During summer trips across America and winging around Texas in the long months in between, Anne Hopkins learned much about flying—wind and sky, doped fabric and hoses, charts and instruments—but even more about life—the land, its creatures, its people, herself.

These are the stories of a woman who took up flying on a whim one sunny morning in Arizona and years later climbed into her biplane to head out of Idaho toward a sunset blizzard. We laugh with her as she flies while folding a five-foot chart in a two-foot cockpit or sheds a flying helmet, uncovering sprigs of hair “…bent into abrupt angles like barbed wire gone awry.” We cringe at hangar mishaps, broken fences, peeling dope, and duct tape repairs. Mostly, though, we soak in the magic of flight from the cockpit of her biplane, watching a bunch of sticks and wires and cloth tie a person to life itself and to those who share it, living and dead: “Like many flyers, I feel connected to Lewis and Clark across time and space—they explored the surface in the early 1800’s, we fly above them in a flying machine a bit more sophisticated than an early 1900’s model, and in my cockpit sits a 2000-era device that speaks every moment to a satellite whisking along miles above. Beyond the satellite, an observer in 2100 will gaze back through a telescope on the moon’s Mount Marilyn to see the earth’s Judith Gap and ahead into deep space toward the next place to be named for a loved one.”

Sticks & Wires & Cloth is Anne Hopkins’s first book.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 995 KB
  • Print Length: 309 pages
  • Publisher: Trailing Edge Publishing (Sept. 1 2003)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JL05ALY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #549,979 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
My copy of "Sticks & Wire & Cloth" arrived from Amazon.com on a Friday afternoon. I started reading it that evening and couldn't put it down -- I finished it that Saturday around 7PM! What a wonderful, magical book. It was a joy to read, and a joy to fly "behind Anne Hopkins' eyes" and watch the wonder of Nanna's flights and the country unfold beneath him. I can't get the book out of my head. I've been searching for a way to describe the feeling it gave me, and what finally occurred to me was a surprise. This is a love story between a woman and her Great Lakes biplane. Thank you, Anne, for sharing the romance with me.

When I read this book my feeling was, "if I could only write one book, I would wish for it to be like this!" It deserves a wide audience, which I hope it will enjoy. I've urged the book on friends, and I've already decided to buy several copies for friends for Christmas. This is a book which pilots will love of course, but its appeal is much broader -- to anyone who can take joy in freedom and in engaging life with a passion.

I discovered that Anne Hopkins has a website and was covering her barnstorming book promotion tour there. I logged on and was surprised to find that the tour ended in Tennessee. I was heartsick when I clicked on that locale and discovered why. I had just discovered Nanna, and now found that he might be lost. I hope that by now the news is better; after all, he apparently survived a flip over in the past, so perhaps after a lengthy recuperation...? Here's hoping that his recovery time is short. He and Anne have got a lot more flying to do.
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Format: Hardcover
Anne Hopkins takes you back to the early days of flying - but her adventures have taken place in recent times. Her vivid descriptions of learning to handle an airplane designed in the 20's really captures your attention. Through her eyes, you learn that, even in the 21st century, there are still new vistas to explore and challenges to undertake.
The book itself is beautifully crafted with pictures carefully woven into each chapter. The cover photo shows Anne's biplane resting comfortable on a grass field - looking much more at home than on a big city runway - that is the environment for which it was designed. And her book tells the reader that this is the environment in which Anne feels most at home.
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Format: Hardcover
Sticks & Wires & Cloth by Anne Hopkins is the personal story of a woman who pursued her dream to fly in a 1929-design biplane. Replete with study, preparation, and firsthand memories of the wind in one's face and one braves the sky, Sticks & Wires & Cloth is an invigorating and involving testimony recommended for aviation buffs and armchair travelers, offering the most vivid impressions of biplane flying experience to be had without actually climbing into one and taking off. Sticks & Wires & Cloth is a unique and welcome addition to any personal or community library Aviation Studies collection.
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