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Pan Am Unbuckled: A Very Plane Diary

  (October 24, 2011)

Calistoga, CA (PRWEB) October 24, 2011

The publication of an upbeat, female memoir, Pan Am Unbuckled: A Very Plane Diary, was announced today. The lively memoir recounts the exploits of a white-gloved southern girl as she steps into the aisles of Pan American World Airways (Pan Am) with its sophisticated entrée to world travel.

Pan Am Unbuckled relates the adventures of Ann Shelby Valentine a flight attendant for Pan AM, detailing how the airline gave her global accessfrom her first assignment, a Boeing 707 round-the-world flight, to regular stops in Paris, Rome and New Delhi. Her global access combined with her endless, ingrained initiative led her, usually on her own, to a weekend in Timbuktu, where she traded a deck of Pan Am-logo playing cards for her hotel stay and to working on a Kibbutz in Eilat, Israel, where she watched Israeli and Syrian jets duel above the desert, among many adventures.

The memoir was co-authored and published by Ramona Fillman. The idea came to me while listening to Shelbys stories about her experiences with Pan Am. I told her we could write it all down and publish a book. And we did.

Pan Am Unbuckled: A Very Plane Diary by Ramona Fillman and Ann Shelby Valentine is Valentines memoir of how she steps into the aisles of sophisticated world-wide travel for Pan American World Airways (Pan Am). This job gave Valentine access to global adventures such as searching for the best onion soup in Paris, the best price for a gold bracelet in Beirut or buying Thai silk ties for her father in Bangkok.

Fasten your designer uniform buttons while Ms Valentine takes you on an exciting, true-life, Pan Am flight into the world of Iranian caviar and Dom Pérignon Champagne. Serving the rich and famous in first class or hosting planes full of military servicemen on R&R out of Vietnam, the unexpected was often on board. From her first step onto a 707 in 1969, right through the final days of Pan Am in 1991, Ms Valentine is spot-on with her descriptions of people, places and events. It is like taking a first-class roller-coaster ride around the world that will make you smile, laugh and cry.

She ramps up the pace in London, Frankfurt, New Delhi, Hong Kong, Beirut, Sydney, and ports betweentaking you right there with her. Watch Ms Valentine mix hard work and jet lag with crew parties, romance, self-exploration, family, and those dreaded weigh-ins! On one hand, she is like Bridget Jonestrying to succeed in a male-dominated culture where the scales are constantly in front of her! And, on the other, she is more like Hawk Eyebalancing the dichotomy of a privileged job within a hierarchical military model, at the front of a war zone.

Formatted for the Kindle reader and Kindle reader PC, Mac and iPad apps. Available at for $5.99. ASIN: B005P33NRE. For more information go to

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