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Against wind and tide : letters and journals, 1947-1986
    Lindbergh, Anne Morrow, 1906-2001.
Publisher: Pantheon Books,
Pub date: 2012.
Pages: 358 p. :
ISBN: 9780307378880
Item info: 2 copies available at Elmira - Central (Steele) Library and Horseheads Branch.
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BL7431A 1 Adult NonFiction Book Biography
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BL7431A 1 Adult NonFiction Book Biography
Summary

Why, as an eager and talented writer, has Anne Morrow Lindbergh published so relatively little in forty years of marriage?" asked reviewer John Barkham in 1970. "After a promising start with those first books on flying, she tapered off into long silences broken by an infrequent volume of verse or prose."  Many years later, Lindbergh replied with a quote from Harriet Beecher Stowe, who claimed that writing, for a wife and mother, is "rowing against wind and tide."
 
In this sixth and final collection of Lindbergh's diaries and letters, taking us from 1947 to 1986, we mark her progress as she navigated a remarkable life and a remarkable century with enthusiasm and delight, humor and wit, sorrow and bewilderment, but above all devoted to finding the essential truth in life's experiences through a hard-won spirituality and a passion for literature.
 
Between the inevitable squalls of life with her beloved but elusive husband, the aviator Charles A. Lindbergh, she shepherded their five children through whooping cough, horned toads, fiancés, the Vietnam War, and their own personal tragedies.  She researched and wrote many books and articles on issues ranging from the condition of Europe after World War II to the meaning of marriage to the launch of Apollo 8 .  She published one of the most beloved books of inspiration of all time, Gift from the Sea. She left penetrating accounts of meetings with such luminaries as John and Jacqueline Kennedy, Thornton Wilder, Enrico Fermi, Leland and Slim Hayward, and the Frank Lloyd Wrights. And she found time to compose extraordinarily insightful and moving letters of consolation to friends and to others whose losses touched her deeply.
 
More than any previous books by or about Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Against Wind and Tide makes us privy to the demons that plagued this fairy-tale bride, and introduces us to some of the people--men as well as women--who provided solace as she braved the tides of time and aging, war and politics, birth and death. Here is an eloquent and often startling collection of writings from one of the most admired women of our time.

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Publishers Weekly Review
These previously unpublished diaries and letters are by (1906-2001) the wife of Charles Lindbergh, herself an aviator and bestselling author of Gift from the Sea, which rehabilitated an image tarnished by her and her husband Charles's support of fascism.) Written between Lindbergh's 40s and her 80th birthdays, the book begins with her anguish contemplating an abortion when pregnant for a seventh time and ends with a letter to Reeve, her youngest daughter, a year after the death of Reeve's infant son. In between, Lindbergh frets over German suffering in the wake of WWII; discusses her working life as a writer and her psychoanalysis for her depression; and reels with the shock of JFK's assassination. There is much about her ambivalence toward her husband: she doesn't expect marriage to fill her essential loneliness or that she will be Charles's only nourishment. (In fact, after Anne's death, Charles's extramarital liaisons and illegitimate children became public.) She feels abandoned by his frequent absences while she also sees how the artist in her benefits from solitude; she's ashamed of her jealousy and bitter over his success as a writer; but after Charles's death in 1974 she expresses acute grief, numbness and disorientation, and how she hates time rushing him away. A perceptive, intimate, and spirited journey of a woman as artist, wife, and mother. Agent: Jennie Dunham, Dunham Literary Agency. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved. From: Reed Elsevier Inc. Copyright Reed Business Information
Library Journal Review
These previously unpublished letters and diary entries composed by Lindbergh (1906-2001; Gift from the Sea) between the ages of 40 and 80 make up the sixth volume of such writings. The collection is full of introspective, beautifully crafted accounts of joys and conflicts; a recurring theme is Lindbergh's frustration at the confines of prescribed gender roles. Her youngest daughter, Reeve, edits this final volume (the previous ones were published by Anne Lindbergh in her lifetime). Lindbergh was an avid letter writer, corresponding during these years with well-known people such as Lady Bird Johnson and Leonard Bernstein. She wrote thoughtfully and encouragingly to her children, although she felt burdened at times as a wife and mother. She longed for the solitude needed for creativity, yet she also questioned her view of solitude as a higher state of being. Her husband, Charles Lindbergh, was often absent but plays a prominent role here as Anne frequently writes to or about him, including reflections following his death in 1974. VERDICT This is a rich and inviting book. Lindbergh's fame and the popularity of memoir make it an enticing publication to be added to all collections that include the author's works. [See Prepub Alert, 9/29/11.]-Stacy Russo, Santa Ana Coll. Lib., CA (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. From: Reed Elsevier Inc. Copyright Reed Business Information
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Leader am8a
key ocn745979771
Data source OCoLC
Fixed field data 110912s2012 nyu 001 0deng
LCCN 2011037784
ISBN 9780307378880 : $27.95
ISBN 0307378888
Cataloging Source DLC eng DLC BTCTA YDXCP BDX
LC Call Number PS3523.I516 Z48 2012
Dewey Decimal Classification Number 818/.5209 B 23
Personal Author Lindbergh, Anne Morrow, 1906-2001.
Title Against wind and tide : letters and journals, 1947-1986 / Anne Morrow Lindbergh.
Publication info New York : Pantheon Books, 2012.
Projected pub date 1204
Physical description 358 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
General Note Includes index.
Summary A final collection of selected letters and diary entries by the National Aviation Hall of Fame inductee follows her struggles over an unplanned pregnancy, the evolution of "Gift from the Sea," and her views on politics during the Vietnam War.
Personal subject Lindbergh, Anne Morrow, 1906-2001.
Personal subject Lindbergh, Anne Morrow, 1906-2001--Correspondence.
Personal subject Lindbergh, Anne Morrow, 1906-2001--Diaries.
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