Saturday, May 10, 2014


Charles and Anne Lindbergh lived in public view, continually being splashed across the headlines. The couple was famous not only for Charles’ 1927 trans-Atlantic airplane flight and the 1932 kidnapping of their child, but because they chronicled their own lives in many autobiographical writings. Ms. Morrow was celebrated in her own right as an aviatrix and came from a well-known family. So famous are the Lindberghs that bestsellers continue to be written about the two of them. Many of these books can be found on the shelves of the Monrovia Public Library.

Two biographies of note are Lindbergh by A. Scott Berg and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Her Life by Susan Herlog, both of which focus mainly on the title characters.  A third, Loss of Eden: A Biography of Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, by Joyce Milton, rounds out their lives as a couple. The autobiographical The Wartime Journals of Charles Lindbergh is a long but thought-provoking work.

The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin is historical fiction. Capturing not just the couple’s fame and lack of privacy, the story describes the difficult marriage they shared and how Anne wanted and needed space for herself and the opportunity to become her own person. Like The Paris Wife about Hadley Richardson, first wife of Ernest Hemingway, the book explores what it’s like to live in the shadow of a celebrity husband. Toward that end in real life, Ms. Morrow established herself as deep-thinking author particularly admired by women readers.  Gift From the Sea, a small and powerful inspirational book, remains a favorite of individuals and books groups.

1 comment:

Kiri said...

I loved "Gift from the Sea" -- so thank you for these additional recommendations!