We have featured some career books for the airline industry over and over again. They really highlight the glamour and “free travel” aspects. Unlike the others geared to young people these titles are geared toward adults. Baby Boomers: you might remember Gloria Steinham’s expose as a Playboy Bunny in the early 1960s. (You might also remember the TV movie adaptation called a Bunny’s Tale with Kirstie Alley in 1985) This book might be considered that twin. Kane, an American Airlines stewardess, does a feminist expose on the life of the stewardess. Provocative title not withstanding, this book probably does have a role in library collections, especially in a women’s history and or labor collection. Public libraries, I think, keeping it would depend on your readership and collection objectives. You might get a few takers from the “look how far we have come” kind of camp if you are a larger public library.
Another title in my search brought me this one:
What it’s Like to be an Airline Stewardess
Keep in mind this title is only 2 years older than the above title, but quite a different tone. The title also has so much going for it! This one is a complete weeder as the intention is to give current information about a career as a stewardess. Details about training and pay and outdated labor laws make this a slam dunk for weeding, but interesting for perspective. Keep this in a collection somewhere but not in a current career collection.