The Thrill of It
By Susan Wels
(Running Press, Hardcover, 9780762437634, 224pp.)
Publication Date: October 2009
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She was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and the first person to fly solo across the Pacific. But Amelia Earhart was also a photographer, poet, hospital worker, truck hauler, fashion designer, social worker, and student of chemistry, physics, and medicinebefore she vanished mysteriously in her airplane over the Pacific Ocean in July 1937.
Amelia Earhart: The Thrill of It is the first premium-quality illustrated biography to cover all facets of the icon’s life, featuring never-before-seen photographs, artifacts, letters, documents, and maps. It will include fascinating newly-revealed details about Amelia’s life and bring the story of her disappearance up-to-date with the latest information about the search for her remains in the Pacific Ocean. Above all, Amelia Earhart: The Thrill of It vividly captures the essence of Amelia Earhart and her unorthodox, unflinching zeal for living life.
Amelia: The Thrill of It will publish to coincide with the major motion film, Amelia, starring Hilary Swank, Richard Gere, and Ewan McGregor.
Susan Wels is the author of several history books, including Titanic: Legacy of the World’s Greatest Ocean Liner, which spent 14 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, and Pearl Harbor: America’s Darkest Day. She is also an award-winning magazine editor. She lives in San Francisco, California.
Booklist, October 1, 2009
“…an irresistible biography-in-pictures rich in photographs of Earhart and a slew of intriguing documents. Wels’ brisk narrative hits all the main points and captures the spirit of Earhart.”
School Library Journal, October 20, 2009
“…an ideal choice for young adult collections…the engaging narrative hits all of the highpoints of her career, provides insight into her personal life, and reveals the many nuances of her character. … Clearly conveying Earhart’s zeal for life, this spellbinding book will grab teens from the first page and keep them reading to the very end.”
Allentown Books Examiner, October 29, 2009
"Not your usual biography, Wels combines not only Amelia Earhart's life story but also original documents, never-before-seen pictures, personal moments, and various artifacts being used to continue the search for her remains. Published to correspond with the movie release starring Hilary Swank and Richard Gere, The Thrill of It celebrates Earhart's zest for life, her bravery, and everything that made her the icon that she has become."
Library Journal, November 2009
“Lovers of biography should be sure to check out Susan Wels's Amelia Earhart…Wels adds to the Earhart reservoir new research and fresh insights. The writing is lucid and well paced, and the layout is superb.”
Curve, December 2009
“…for the ultimate illustrated biography of Earhart, pick up Amelia Earhart: The Thril of It by Susan Wels.”
San Jose Mercury News, 11/25/09
“lavishly illustrated… This may be the perfect book for preteen or teenage girls with similar goals.”
Charleston Gazette, April 25, 2010
“Wels has given us a well-written and beautifully illustrated story of Amelia, her husband and others who were part of her many adventures…Wels’ text is exciting ..This book belongs in all libraries, including ones related to schools. One need not take Earhart’s risks, but certainly young women and men can gain inspiration from this volume.”