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By Anne Morrow Lindbergh

During this inimitable, liked classic—graceful, lucid and lyrical—Anne Morrow Lindbergh stocks her meditations on formative years and age; love and marriage; peace, solitude and contentment as she set them down in the course of a short holiday by means of the ocean. Drawing thought from the shells at the shore, Lindbergh’s musings at the form of a woman’s existence carry new realizing to either women and men at any degree of existence. A mom of 5, an acclaimed author and a pioneering aviator, Lindbergh casts an unsentimental eye at the trappings of modernity that threaten to crush us: the time-saving instruments that complicate instead of simplify, the a number of commitments that take us from our households. And via recording her recommendations in the course of a short get away from daily calls for, she is helping readers discover a area for contemplation and creativity inside their very own lives.

With nice knowledge and perception Lindbergh describes the moving shapes of relationships and marriage, proposing a imaginative and prescient of lifestyles because it is lived in an everlasting and evolving partnership. A groundbreaking, best-selling paintings while it used to be initially released in 1955, Gift from the Sea remains to be stumbled on via new generations of readers. With a brand new creation via Lindbergh’s daughter Reeve, this fiftieth-anniversary version will provide those people who are revisiting the booklet and those that are coming upon it for the 1st time clean perception into the lifetime of this impressive woman.

The sea and the seashore are components which were woven all through Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s lifestyles. She spent her early life summers together with her relatives on a Maine island. After her marriage to Charles Lindbergh in 1929, she observed him on his survey flights round the North Atlantic to release the 1st transoceanic airways. The Lindberghs finally tested an enduring domestic at the Connecticut coast, the place they lived quietly, wrote books and raised their family.

After the kids left domestic for lives in their personal, the Lindberghs traveled broadly to Africa and the Pacific for environmental learn. For numerous years they lived at the island of Maui in Hawaii, the place Charles Lindbergh died in 1974.

Anne Morrow Lindbergh spent her ultimate years in her Connecticut domestic, carrying on with her writing initiatives and having fun with visits from her kids and grand-children. She died on February 7, 2001, on the age of ninety-four.

Reeve Lindbergh is the writer of many books for either adults and youngsters, together with the memoirs Under a Wing and No extra Words.

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