Up in the Air

Up in the Air

Book - 2001
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A traveling management consultant for Denver's Integrated System Management, thirty-five-year-old Ryan Bingham spends his life on airplanes and airports as he travels around the country, pursuing his goal to accumulate one million miles in his frequent flyer account. 20,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
Meet Ryan Bingham, thirty-five, corporate consultant, very frequent flier, citizen of the transient realm he calls "Airworld." With his cell phone, his handheld computer, and his wardrobe of wrinkle-free slacks and jackets, he's part of a new species: the commercial airborne commando who travels light and depends on no one. A career transition counselor for a Denver-based management firm - he helps fire people for a living, a job he's come to loathe - Ryan has a complicated past, an uncertain present, and a very simple goal: to accumulate one million air miles in his cherished frequent flier account. And once he gets there, along with bragging rights among his peers, revenge for years of humiliations at the hands of airlines, and a sense of completion, he'll quit his job and achieve a long-desired (but ambiguous) freedom.
Now Ryan's on his final push: a fiendishly difficult itinerary of eight cities and countless meetings in just six days mixing business, pleasure, and family duties. He's convinced he can pull things off, conditions permitting - and there, of course, is the catch. Almost from the moment he takes off, they deteriorate. Weather problems. Maintenance foul-ups. Needy seatmates. Mysterious credit card glitches. Deepening guilt for his professional sins. The persistent sense that someone is paging him over the airport loud speakers. Through it all, though, Ryan Bingham points his compass at true north: one million miles. Six zeroes and a one.

& Taylor

A traveling management consultant, thirty-five-year-old Ryan Bingham spends his life on airplanes and in airports as he travels around the country, pursuing his goal to accumulate one million miles in his frequent flyer account.

Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 2001
Edition: 1st ed
Description: 303 p. ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9780385497107
Branch Call Number: Kirn


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Dec 24, 2016

one of the rare cases the film adaptation is better than the book. probably because the film took its own direction and fleshed out his mileage, family, and female relationships much better. in the book, much of the plot and stories/arcs regarding his miles, family, women, book/speaking falls flat and anticlimactic.

Aug 01, 2013

Extremely underwhelming.

I found this book very difficult to get through. There were numerous times I considered not even finishing it but rather decided that the book might get better by the end. It didn't.

Jun 03, 2012

Not the kind of book that you want to read if you are looking for a lot of action, but I love the way that the author takes things that most of us regard as mundane or an inconvenience such as air travel or staying in hotels and make them seem poetic.

One thing though - the book bears very little resemblance to the movie

Oct 13, 2010

What a dull book. It started well enough but crashed soon after and by the end I just wanted to shoot myself and couldn't wait for it to end. Pure torture. This is a story without a story. That 1,000,000 traveler's points is a sham. Please don't pick up this book. You'll thank me for it.

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