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Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite
Moments in Flight: A Memoir by Jo-Ann Vega traces her family’s history from her resilient and brave grandparents who emigrated from Italy to the U.S. and connects it to her own enlightening experiences. The memoir is divided into three sections. The first explores the backgrounds and brief histories of various family members including Vega's grandparents. It also includes Vega's memories of her early life living in the South Bronx in the 1950s. The second follows her young adult years, time in college, and her first work roles. The third contains other moving, more recent personal experiences and reflections on Vega’s life.
I loved the historical details in Moments in Flight which provide fascinating settings of her family’s experiences in Italy and in the U.S., and her personal experiences. I also found the journal entries and poems included to be raw and thought-provoking. I was inspired by her grandparents’ courage and Vega’s willingness to learn, go to college, and make a life for herself despite the gender barriers that existed at the time. I was moved by many experiences in the memoir and found many others to be heart-warming. Through its different sections, Moments in Flight by Jo-Ann Vega motivates its audience to reflect on their past and family history. It is an inspiring memoir with interesting historical information. It also beautifully captures the tenacity of many immigrants who left their countries in the hope of a better future for their families.