New Non-fiction Book of the Week: Sky Sailors: True Stories of the Balloon Era by David L. Bristow. Look up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s a balloon! Explore the early history of flight in this new book that chronicles the airborne adventures of some of the most audacious aeronauts to have soared the skies. From the Montgolfier brothers who invented the hot air balloon in 1783 to Dolly Shepherd who performed daring parachute jumps from more than 12,000 feet!