Author of Unlearning to Fly:
Navigating the Turbulence
and Bliss of Growing Up in the Sky.
"It was thrilling... and made me want to fly!" -Joanne Rideout, The Ship Report
"A great aviating yarn." -Chet Burgess, CNN
"Tara Westover's Educated meets Ernest K. Gann's Fate is the Hunter." -John L.
Russ Roberts' memoir is available now in paperback and Kindle from Amazon.
An audiobook is coming soon. We'll announce it here when it is available on Audible. Before then, you may like to read about the book on Goodreads.
If you'd like a taste of the story, here's an excerpt from the book.
A Collector of Stories
Airline pilot, broadcaster, sailor, speaker, and now author, Captain Russ Roberts is not so much an adventurer as a lifetime collector of experiences and stories.
Roberts flew the Atlantic alone in single engine airplanes, sailed the Northwest Passage over the Canadian arctic, helped blow up his backyard with dynamite, was the youngest licensed flight instructor in America, and commanded airliners around the world.
In his first book, Unlearning to Fly: Navigating the Turbulence and Bliss of Growing Up in the Sky, Russ Roberts tells a heartwarming and sometimes heart breaking story of how airplanes were the golden thread that secured an otherwise turbulent start to life.
Need a speaker?
Russ Roberts has engaged audiences all around North America. He looks forward to speaking at your next event.
This is also the place to be should you have a media request or need good technical advice for your aviation related movie or television project.
Or just stop by to say, "Hello!" We look forward to meeting you.
c/o Holt & Grooms Co. Ltd., Publisher
PO Box 34628
Seattle WA 98124
(Or use the contact form.)
The Inner Reaches of the the Northwest Passage
Here's a video of Russ Roberts speaking of The Inner Reaches of the Northwest Passage, at the Columbia River Maritime Museum. Get in touch above to book him for your event!
The books of fellow pilot and sailor, Ernest K. Gann, inspired Russ Roberts his entire life. We hope you've discovered his writing, too.
-Ernest K. Gann
Reading Tara Westover's Educated in 2019 reminded Russ Roberts that he wasn't alone in having parents with strong, peculiar, and often harmful, religious beliefs. Westover's is a powerful coming of age story, akin to Jeannette Walls' Glass Castle and Frank McCourt's Angela's Ashes.