American Icarus: A Memoir of Father and Country

American Icarus A Memoir of Father and Country This is the story of Joe Carroll fully paid up member of the Greatest Generation aviator farmer and handsome Irish charmer who radiated exuberance for life a literal and metaphorical flying boy Wit

  • Title: American Icarus: A Memoir of Father and Country
  • Author: Pythia Peay
  • ISBN: 9781590564417
  • Page: 218
  • Format: Hardcover
  • This is the story of Joe Carroll fully paid up member of the Greatest Generation, aviator, farmer, and handsome Irish charmer who radiated exuberance for life a literal and metaphorical flying boy With his head in the clouds, this American Icarus embodied all that was aspirational and attractive about mid twentieth century America, with its technical ingenuity, bravado,This is the story of Joe Carroll fully paid up member of the Greatest Generation, aviator, farmer, and handsome Irish charmer who radiated exuberance for life a literal and metaphorical flying boy With his head in the clouds, this American Icarus embodied all that was aspirational and attractive about mid twentieth century America, with its technical ingenuity, bravado, and its belief that the only way was up But Joe was also a destructive, impulsive alcoholic like many of that generation he held experiences and feelings close to the chest Only on his deathbed did Joe acknowledge the pull of gravity, reaching out to his estranged family, reflecting over his life, and contemplating the afterlife.Depth journalist Pythia Peay is Joe s eldest child In this evocative, thoroughly researched, and sensitively drawn depiction of her father s life and times, Peay maps the trajectories of this troubled, ordinary Joe, who as a youth had suffered a Dickensian twist of fate that would leave him a divided man Guided by her father s memories he recalled as he lay dying, Peay charts the ancestral rivers that led a working class boy from depression era Altoona, Pennsylvania, to the Air Transport Command and Brazil during World War II post War Buenos Aires, where Joe married an Argentine beauty with ancestral connections to the foundation of the United States newly independent Israel, where he flew for El Al the Missouri heartland in the 1950s, where he ran a farm and raised four children while traveling the world for TWA the upheavals of the 1960s that would drive Peay and her father apart Mexico, where her parents fled to escape their failing marriage and, finally, Texas, where Joe got cancer and died.In narrating Joe s life, Peay not only delineates the depths of the Depression, the highs of the good war and the psychological toll it exacted on the Greatest Generation, as well as the undercurrents that led to her family s disintegration in the 1960s, but she unpacks the myths and archetypes that shape the United States its perpetual restlessness and heroic individualism in a journey that leads, intimately and movingly, to a final reconciliation with a dying patriarch and the ghosts of the past.

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    About " Pythia Peay "

  • Pythia Peay

    My writer s name might be Pythia, but upon my birth in 1951 to my two greatest generation dreamer parents, Altoona born Joe Carroll, and Sheila, a beautiful, black haired, blue eyed girl from Buenos Aires, I was christened with the unlikely name of Pellman Sharon Carroll a name that bound me to my father s fate My first name was after my father s foster father who d raised him during the Depression, Pellman Glover, and Sharon was after the Valley of Sharon in Israel, where family lore had it I d been conceived and therein lies the tale that spun my new memoir My parents raised me and my three siblings on a bucolic farm outside of Kansas City, where my aviator father had taken a job with TWA at 19 I dropped out of college and moved to San Francisco to live the communal hippy dream after moving in 1981 with my husband and three sons to Santa Fe and living in my first house, I began to write as a freelance journalist probably my greatest claim to fame is my interview with George R.R Martin in his pre Game of Throne, struggling author days Not long after, my family moved to the Washington, DC area, where I got divorced, then focused on my work as a depth journalist writing about psychological and spiritual perspectives on political and social issues Today my sons are grown, and as a reward for raising three boys, Fate graced me with three lovely daughter in law and a lovely granddaughter, Eslyn, so that I can now proudly add grandmother to my bio Besides blogging for The Huffington Post and Psychology Today, I m also the author of two new books AMERICAN ICARUS, an intimate memoir of my difficult, alcoholic, aviator father,our relationship, and his redemptive, Hospice guided death, and AMERICA ON THE COUCH, a collection of interviews with 37 psychologists on the American psyche, including violence, addiction, the environment, capitalism, politics, and the soul of America.

  • 175 Comments

  • " wounds of narcissism can turn a family into a perpetual passion play""We speak of narcissism these days with a kind of flippancy, as the marker of a shallow or selfish person. Yet we overlook the story of suffering underlying this affliction, seeing only the external bluster and bombast of the person who suffers this disorder. We ignore the way the wounds of narcissism can turn a family into a perpetual passion play, a Greek drama of hurt, rage, revenge, and bitter reproach." - Pythia Peay, "A [...]


  • I'm the editor and publisher of this book, and in some ways the cause of its genesis. I write about that genesis here. I thought I'd say a few words about this book and what you might expect in reading it. It's expansive, generous, and deeply felt. It's romantic in the truest sense of the word, in that it has all the energy and attention to detail (as well as the divagations and many characters of the roman. It evokes first loves, lost loves, unattainable loves, and pathological loves, where peo [...]


  • I am grateful to author for the deeply moving account of her father and her family. It is beautifully written, with such skill that I had to stop at times and let myself ponder the realizations that poured forth from her observations. Imagine the art that it takes for a writer to capture the conflicts of an American family from before WWII through to the present. The depth she attains can only be accomplished by someone very honest and brave. To be able to write about it in such a way that moves [...]


  • With this extraordinary book, Pythia Peay may have created a new genre -- the transpersonal memoir. To make sense of her own life, the author finds she must come to grips with the enigma of her father, a dashing, domineering, and sometimes destructive figure. The quest to understand Joe Carroll leads her not only through the fascinating byways of his personal story but to an excavation of deeper ancestral influences. The book is a labor of love, brought about with detailed research, poetic imagi [...]


  • "American Icarus is a memoir written in mythopoetic living color. Author Pythia Peay brings the reader fully into scenes of childhood with a father whose complex personality includes past military valor, inherent charm, alcoholism, emotional stoicism, ruthlessness, and inner demons that dominate her childhood and her family’s history. She weaves the threads of her sometimes-harrowing story together with insight into her father's depression era childhood in America that helped shape his own uns [...]


  • I read this with my mouth hanging open because i swear the author saw the insiders movie of life with MY dad and wrote this book! WW2 was unique in that it was the last war where the soldiers came back, and were expected to pick up the reins of their lives where left off, and continue on as tho they could simply let go of the horrors they witnessed!? It's amazing to me that any baby boomer is quasi-normal. Survivors guilt -check. Anger- check. Love-check. I could blab on and on but won't.e list [...]


  • This book was not what I was expecting. Based on the First Reads promotion which I entered and won this book from, I thought this book would focus more on Joe Carroll's war experiences. However, it is more of a collection of memories about a father compiled by the daughter that occurred well after World War II. Because of this, I did not finish the book; I only flipped through the chapters after I quite reading. However, there are those who may like a book of this style.


  • American Icarus is a heart stirring, page-turner of a book! This book has everything; lively historical writing, a love story and a daughter's devoted journey around her father.I loved it and recommend it very highly.F Donaldson



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