My favorite find from The Book List was West With the Night, by Beryl Markham. Markham was a British-born woman who lived in Kenya, hunted with her African neighbors, was nearly eaten by one or two wild animals, became a well-regarded hosre trainer and was a celebrated aviatrix - she was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic east-to-west, and the first person ever to fly from England to North America nonstop (1936). West With the Night was published in 1942, enjoyed a brief run, and then fell into obscurity until 1982, when it was "rediscovered" and reprinted.
Did you read Beryl Markham's book "West With the Night"? I knew her fairly well in Africa and never would have suspected that she could and would put pen to paper except to write in her flyer's log book. As it is, she has written so well, and marvelously well, that I was completely ashamed of myself as a writer. I felt that I was simply a carpenter with words, picking up whatever was furnished on the job and some times making an okay pig pen. But this girl who is, to my knowledge, very unpleasant and we might even say a high-grade bitch, can write rings around all of us who consider ourselves as writers. ... She omits some very fantastic stuff which I know about which would destroy much of the character of the heroine; but what is that anyhow in writing? I wish you would get it and read it because it really is a bloody wonderful book.