Against Wind and Tide by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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A perceptive, intimate, and spirited journey of a woman as artist, wife, and mother.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

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.

 

About Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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Anne Morrow Lindbergh was born in 1906. She married Charles Lindbergh in 1929 and became a noted aviator in her own right, eventually publishing several books on the subject and receiving several aviation awards. Gift from the Sea, published in 1955, earned her international acclaim. She was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame, the National Women's Hall of Fame, and the Aviation Hall of Fame of New Jersey. War Within and Without, the penultimate installment of her published diaries, received the Christopher Award in 1980. Mrs. Lindbergh died in 2001 at the age of ninety-four.
 
Published April 24, 2012 by Pantheon. 358 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for Against Wind and Tide
All: 8 | Positive: 7 | Negative: 1

Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Feb 27 2012

A perceptive, intimate, and spirited journey of a woman as artist, wife, and mother.

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Washington Times

Below average
Reviewed by Martin Rubin on Jul 19 2012

What you have here is a facade, and even though Anne loads it with a lot of angst and rumination and self-criticism, there is something false about it.

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LA Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Wendy Smith on Apr 29 2012

These minor omissions do not detract from the wonderfully rich sense of Anne's personality and preoccupations conveyed in "Against Wind and Tide.

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Boston.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Barbara Fisher on May 02 2012

Anne, as presented in these letters, is an exceptionally courageous, independent, and creative woman, a remarkably accepting wife and most of all, an unusually gentle, kind, and understanding mother.

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The Columbus Dispatch

Excellent
Reviewed by Margaret Quamme on Apr 22 2012

Those already familiar with Lindbergh will get to know her more deeply, and those who don’t will be introduced to an intelligent, sensitive woman trying to deal with enormous changes...

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Views from the Countryside

Good
Reviewed by Barbara on Jul 01 2012

I think this can be counted as an important book in women's history in 20th century America.

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Good
Reviewed by Mary Menke on Jul 18 2012

The writing was eloquent and articulate and gave great insight into one of the world’s most admired women.

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Unruly Reader

Good
Jun 08 2012

This isn’t a jolly thing to read, but it possesses a richness, not only in language, but also in wisdom.

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