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Amelia Earhart books: SheKnows Chick Lit guide

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Amelia by air & book

If you rushed to the movie theater to see Hilary Swank soar as Amelia -- the story of legendary airwoman Amelia Earhart -- you weren't alone.

Check out our SheKnows review of Amelia and interview with its star, Hilary Swank.

And once you get the Amelia bug, thanks to Swank's stunning performance, you'll want to run to your local bookstore to learn as much as you can about the real woman and American icon behind Swank's role. SheKnows Chick Lit has the scoop on three great books about Amelia Earhart that will help you get to know this fascinating aviatrix.

East to the Dawn: The Life of Amelia Earhart

Amelia starring Hilary Swank and Richard Gere is based on Susan Butler's East to the Dawn: The Life of Amelia Earhart.

Amelia by air & bookIt is a fascinating read full of interesting nuggets you probably didn't know about Earhart. For instance, not only was she a record setting aviator, but she also designed a clothing line.

Known for her all-American good looks, courage, charm and confidence, Earhart won the hearts of the nation after becoming the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean in 1928.

You may not know, however, that Earhart was also a social worker, author, businesswoman, educator and tireless promoter of women's rights.

She was also just 39 years old went she went missing on her fateful round-the-world flight in 1937.

East to the Dawn is a riveting account of Earhart's extraordinary life. Originally published in 1997, it offers an incredible -- and perhaps the most comprehensive -- glimpse into the life of this American icon.

...out of 5 stars

The Sound of Wings

In this biography of Amelia Earhart, upon which the new Amelia film also drew, author Mary Lovell focuses on the controversial relationship between Earhart and her publicist husband, George P Putnam.

Amelia by air & bookPutnam, played by Richard Gere in the film, was regarded as a brilliant, aggressive businessman who seized publicity opportunities for Earhart and her record-breaking flights. While some believe that Putnam disregarded his wife's safety by pushing these increasingly dangerous flights, Lovell's book indicates that Earhart initiated her own risks.

This book concentrates on more than just the celebrated aviator. It sheds light on the flamboyant Putnam and their marriage, leaning toward the argument that it was more than just a convenient arrangement born of mutual self-interest. This book also examines the publicity behind her adventures and the wild speculation after her disappearance.

...out of 5 stars

I Was Amelia Earhart

This best-selling novel by Jane Mendelsohn is a desert-island romance based on the idea that Earhart and her navigator, Frederick Noonan, crash-landed on a South Sea island and learned to survive as castaways.

Amelia by air & bookAt first, they fight and struggle on the island, but then their solitude brings them together. The story blends both fact and fiction, and dives into the life of Earhart both before and after her disappearance in 1937.

I reads mostly like a fantasy or dream, where Earhart and Noonan enjoy the years after the crash as castaways discovering happiness both in nature and in each other's arms. It is a lovely, moving -- and believable -- story.

...out of 5 stars

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