#FridayReads: A Gift From The Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

AgiftfromtheseaAnnelindbergIn today’s Friday Reads  we go a little further back to Anne Morrow Lindbergh was an American author, aviator, and the wife of aviator Charles Lindbergh. She was an acclaimed author whose books and articles spanned the genres of poetry to non-fiction. Our CEO Julie’s mother gave her Anne’s little 1956 gem A Gift From The Sea on a short vacation as a teenager and she has treasured it ever since. A review on Amazon says:

In this inimitable, beloved classic—graceful, lucid and lyrical—Anne Morrow Lindbergh shares her meditations on youth and age; love and marriage; peace, solitude and contentment as she set them down during a brief vacation by the sea. Drawing inspiration from the shells on the shore, Lindbergh’s musings on the shape of a woman’s life bring new understanding to both men and women at any stage of life

The writing is beautiful, the themes universal, and the joys of both solitude and love come through the pages. Which is particularly touching as Anne and Charles Lindbergh for all accounts had a romance for the modern ages. According to her Diaries “The man I was to marry believed in me and what I could do, and consequently I found I could do more than I realized.” She was not only his wife but his co-pilot on most of his flights after they were married.  And she was as deeply accomplished a pilot as her husband the National Geographic Society awarded her its Hubbard Gold Medal for her accomplishments in 40,000 miles of exploratory flying over five continents with her husband. In addition, she was awarded the Cross of Honor of the U.S. Flag Association in recognition of her accomplishments in surveying transatlantic air routes. She was also the first licensed female glider pilot in the United States. She was also mother of five and continued to write through her whole life. 

Anyone who is looking for a quiet moving read on life, love, and being oneself in any circumstance (particularly when alone) then this book should be enjoyed as a summer read by the sea.

 

 

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