2019 One Book, One Community takes to the skies with its pick of a best-seller about daring female aviators

Clay County native and aviation pioneer Florence Klingensmith. Special to The Forum.
Clay County native and aviation pioneer Florence Klingensmith. Special to The Forum.Clay County native and aviation pioneer Florence Klingensmith. Special to The Forum.

FARGO — Local public and collegiate libraries have picked a book about a daring group of female aviators that included a Moorhead woman as the 2019 One Book, One Community selection.

New York Times best-seller "Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History" was released in August 2018 by Keith O'Brien. The nonfiction work profiles five women who took in air races throughout the 1920s and '30s, including Florence Klingensmith, who grew up just north of Moorhead and became known as the first woman to compete in an air race against men before a plane malfunction during a race killed her just shy of her 29th birthday.

The book, which is widely available at bookstores as well as on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, also profiles Ruth Nichols, Ruth Elder, Louise Thaden and Amelia Earhart.

The pick for this eighth annual community reading project, which will launch in September with several events leading up to an Oct. 28 author visit by O'Brien at the Fargo Air Museum, was made by the Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo public libraries, as well as libraries at Concordia College, Minnesota State University Moorhead, North Dakota State University, Moorhead Community Education, the Fargo Air Museum and the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County.

Copies of "Fly Girls" can be checked out in physical and digital formats at participating libraries. Get more info about One Book, One Community activities at participating libraries starting Aug. 1 or at www.1book1community.org.

"Fly Girls" by Keith O'Brien. Special to The Forum
"Fly Girls" by Keith O'Brien. Special to The ForumSpecial to The Forum