Published by Vintage on January 30, 1991
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. A mother of five, an acclaimed writer and a pioneering aviator, Lindbergh casts an unsentimental eye on the trappings of modernity that threaten to overwhelm us: the time-saving gadgets that complicate rather than simplify, the multiple commitments that take us from our families. And by recording her thoughts during a brief escape from everyday demands, she helps readers find a space for contemplation and creativity within their own lives.
With great wisdom and insight Lindbergh describes the shifting shapes of relationships and marriage, presenting a vision of life as it is lived in an enduring and evolving partnership. A groundbreaking, best-selling work when it was originally published in 1955, Gift from the Sea continues to be discovered by new generations of readers. With a new introduction by Lindbergh’s daughter Reeve, this fiftieth-anniversary edition will give those who are revisiting the book and those who are coming upon it for the first time fresh insight into the life of this remarkable woman.
The sea and the beach are elements that have been woven throughout Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s life. She spent her childhood summers with her family on a Maine island. After her marriage to Charles Lindbergh in 1929, she accompanied him on his survey flights around the North Atlantic to launch the first transoceanic airlines. The Lindberghs eventually established a permanent home on the Connecticut coast, where they lived quietly, wrote books and raised their family.
After the children left home for lives of their own, the Lindberghs traveled extensively to Africa and the Pacific for environmental research.
I’m back again with yet another book review. I know that I am unintentionally turning this into a book blog, but at least you have consistent posts from me for a little bit right?!?
Let’s get back to the topic at hand. This book review in case you haven’t noticed is about the book Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh. This was a Paper & Glam book club read in 2017. I finally got it around to reading it recently and I’m so glad that I did. I honestly will admit that much of the books chosen for the Paper & Glam book club I haven’t heard of most of them before they are assigned as reads and this one is no exception.
This long form essay from Anne Morrow Lindbergh with an introduction by her daughter Rene Lindbergh. I found each chapter thoughtfully written and incredibly relatable. I was surprised to find that the book was originally written in 1955 and that being over 60 years since the first printing that people are still gathering wisdom from such a tiny book. I even enjoyed the insights from the author several years after the publishing of the book. This book was definitely a harder book for me to stay interested in this book , but like many of the books I’ve read as book club reads I’m glad that I stuck with it. This book like several of the books I have read lately it reminds me to live life a little more simply and to live more instead of just going through the motions.
This is definitely one of my favorite quotes from the book , though I could probably tell you a million more.
Let me know if you have read this book and what you thought. If you have any recommendations for books I should read this year, let me know 🙂 I’ll also be participating in the Creating&Co August TBR Throwdown Readathon, so they’ll be a ton more reviews coming soon!
I’ll see you soon with another post.