Review and Giveaway: Paper Airplane, Unique Tales from a Mile High by Kersten L. Kelly


Title: Paper Airplane: Unique Tales from a Mile High
Author: Kersten L. Kelly
Format: Paperback and eBook
Publisher: Talisman Book Publishing, LLC.
Pages: 228
ISBN: 978-0985348724
Genre: Memoir Collection
Stars: 4
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About the Book:

In this tumultuous, distinctive memoir, Kersten L. Kelly looks back on the most influential individuals that she encountered while flying through the clouds. Confined in a small vestibule for hours, Kelly identified an opportunity for learning and growth by chatting with the fellow passengers around her. After a few life changing conversations and unforgettable emergencies, she put the in-flight magazines to rest and never looked back. She recalls life lessons from perfect strangers about love, family, perseverance of dreams, and humility through a series of brief anecdotes all taking place on airplanes. Selfless philanthropy was discovered, long-term friendships bonded, and talents unveiled. The book proves the phrase “you never know what you will learn on an airplane” over and over again. Every chapter will capture the mind and sometimes the heart of anyone who jumps into this collection of humanity at its best. The personalities present in this book assimilate with the intrinsic characteristics all readers can relate to. With a raw authenticity stemming from old notes in a ragged journal, Kelly delivers a personal reflection of unique tales from a mile high.


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Book Review:

I’m a flyer who jealously guards my down-time when flying: I don’t necessarily want to interact with the people around me, preferring to delve into a book, prep for a meeting, or work on an itinerary for down time in the city I land in. Interaction is, however, sometimes inevitable: finding those gems in that interaction is what makes this book unique.

Taking moments to relay the stories and tales from her seat-mates on her flights, Kelly manages to deftly present the story and weave in several facts and statistics that provide a look at the flight stories we all have and give them a twist. A careful arrangement and detailed scene setting to place the story into a context, and provides an opportunity to further the depths of meaning within each tale.

My personal preference would have given more emotional context to the stories, but the author’s ability to present them clearly and distinctly provided space for my own emotional interpretations, while providing some background factual information that I never would have sought out, nor known without her additions.

If you are a traveller who likes to share with your fellow frequent flyers, this is a book that would work a treat for opening conversational gambits with your seatmates.

I received an eBook from the author for purpose of honest review for the Indies Rock promotion at I am, Indeed. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

About the Author:
Kersten L. Kelly is a self-published author of narrative non-fiction and semi-fiction books. She grew up in Munster, Indiana, and currently works in a sales role based out of Chicago, Illinois. She started writing at an early age and graduated from Indiana University with a dual Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Communication & Culture. She then went on to earn a Master’s in Business Administration from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. She has a passion for learning, teaching, and writing as well as international travel in her spare time. This book is her first piece of published work.

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