In the spirit of Loving Frank and The Paris Wife, acclaimed novelist Melanie Benjamin pulls back the curtain on the marriage of one of America’s most extraordinary couples: Charles Lindbergh and Anne Morrow Lindbergh. “The history [is] exhilarating. . . . The Aviator’s Wife soars.”—USA Today NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER When Anne Morrow, a shy college senior with hidden literary aspirations, travels to Mexico City to spend Christmas with her family, she meets Colonel Charles Lindbergh, fresh off his celebrated 1927 solo flight across the Atlantic. Enthralled by Charles’s assurance and fame, Anne is certain the aviator has scarcely noticed her. But she is wrong. Charles sees in Anne a kindred spirit, a fellow adventurer, and her world will be changed forever. The two marry in a headline-making wedding. In the years that follow, Anne becomes the first licensed female glider pilot in the United States. But despite this and other major achievements, she is viewed merely as the aviator’s wife. The fairy-tale life she once longed for will bring heartbreak and hardships, ultimately pushing her to reconcile her need for love and her desire for independence, and to embrace, at last, life’s infinite possibilities for change and happiness. Look for special features inside. Join the Random House Reader’s Circle for author chats and more. Praise for The Aviator’s Wife “Remarkable . . . The Aviator’s Wife succeeds [in] putting the reader inside Anne Lindbergh’s life with her famous husband.”—The Denver Post “Anne Morrow Lindbergh narrates the story of the Lindberghs’ troubled marriage in all its triumph and tragedy.”—USA Today “[This novel] will fascinate history buffs and surprise those who know of her only as ‘the aviator’s wife.’ ”—People “It’s hard to quit reading this intimate historical fiction.”—The Dallas Morning News “Fictional biography at its finest.”—Booklist (starred review) “Utterly unforgettable.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review) “An intimate examination of the life and emotional mettle of Anne Morrow.”—The Washington Post “A story of both triumph and pain that will take your breath away.”—Kate Alcott, author of The Dressmaker
In the spirit of Loving Frank and The Paris Wife, acclaimed novelist Melanie Benjamin pulls back the curtain on the marriage of one of America’s most extraordinary couples: Charles Lindbergh and Anne Morrow Lindbergh. For much of her life, Anne Morrow, the shy daughter of the U.S. ambassador to Mexico, has stood in the shadows of those around her, including her millionaire father and vibrant older sister, who often steals the spotlight. Then Anne, a college senior with hidden literary aspirations, travels to Mexico City to spend Christmas with her family. There she meets Colonel Charles Lindbergh, fresh off his celebrated 1927 solo flight across the Atlantic. Enthralled by Charles’s assurance and fame, Anne is certain the celebrated aviator has scarcely noticed her. But she is wrong. Charles sees in Anne a kindred spirit, a fellow adventurer, and her world will be changed forever. The two marry in a headline-making wedding. Hounded by adoring crowds and hunted by an insatiable press, Charles shields himself and his new bride from prying eyes, leaving Anne to feel her life falling back into the shadows. In the years that follow, despite her own major achievements—she becomes the first licensed female glider pilot in the United States—Anne is viewed merely as the aviator’s wife. The fairy-tale life she once longed for will bring heartbreak and hardships, ultimately pushing her to reconcile her need for love and her desire for independence, and to embrace, at last, life’s infinite possibilities for change and happiness. Drawing on the rich history of the twentieth century—from the late twenties to the mid-sixties—and featuring cameos from such notable characters as Joseph Kennedy and Amelia Earhart, The Aviator’s Wife is a vividly imagined novel of a complicated marriage—revealing both its dizzying highs and its devastating lows. With stunning power and grace, Melanie Benjamin provides new insight into what made this remarkable relationship endure. BONUS: This edition includes a The Aviator's Wife discussion guide. PRAISE FOR MELANIE BENJAMIN The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb “By turns heartrending and thrilling, this bighearted novel recounts a fictionalized life of this most extraordinary of women in prose that is lush and details that are meticulously researched. I loved this book.”—Sara Gruen Alice I Have Been “This is magic! Childhood, sensuality, love, sorrow, and wonder, all bright and complex as the shifting patterns of a kaleidoscope.”—Diana Gabaldon
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The Aviator's Wife: by Melanie Benjamin | Conversation Starters A Brief Look Inside: The Aviator’s Wife is the fictional biography of Anne Morrow, wife of Charles Lindbergh, the famous aviator. Anne’s father was a diplomat stationed in Mexico and had invited Charles to spend Christmas with them to further Mexican – American relations. This is when Anne met her future husband. He proposes to her out of the blue, and she accepts. Anne quickly learns how to fly from Charles and the two fly around the world – Charles at the helm, and Anne as the crew. The story also covers the kidnapping and subsequent murder of their first child and the war years, during which the Lindberghs were pro-Hitler. This is a story about a woman married to a famous man, about marriage, and about the hey-days of aviation trailblazers. EVERY GOOD BOOK CONTAINS A WORLD FAR DEEPER than the surface of its pages. The characters and their world come alive, and the characters and its world still live on. Conversation Starters is peppered with questions designed to bring us beneath the surface of the page and invite us into the world that lives on. These questions can be used to... Create Hours of Conversation: • Foster a deeper understanding of the book • Promote an atmosphere of discussion for groups • Assist in the study of the book, either individually or corporately • Explore unseen realms of the book as never seen before Disclaimer: This book you are about to enjoy is an independent resource to supplement the original book, enhancing your experience of The Aviator's Wife. If you have not yet purchased a copy of the original book, please do before purchasing this unofficial Conversation Starters.
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Trivia-on-Book: The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin Take the challenge yourself and share it with friends and family for a time of fun! Charles Lindbergh was famous for his non-stop flight from New York to Paris in 1927 and for various other accomplishments during his life. The Lindbergh family was forced into notoriety with the kidnapping and murder of 20-month-old Charles Lindbergh, Jr. This book delves deep into the life of Anne Morrow Lindbergh and her life and achievements that were not so well known. The book relates her relationship with her popular and controlling husband, and how she came into her own and truly was the great woman behind the great man. You may have read the book, but not have liked it. You may have liked the book, but not be a fan. You may call yourself a fan, but few truly are. Are you a fan? Trivia-on-Books is an independently curated trivia quiz on the book for readers, students, and fans alike. Whether you're looking for new materials to the book or would like to take the challenge yourself and share it with your friends and family for a time of fun, Trivia-on-Books provides a unique approach to The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin that is both insightful and educational! Features You'll Find Inside: • 30 Multiple choice questions on the book, plots, characters and author • Insightful commentary to answer every question • Complementary quiz material for yourself or your reading group • Results provided with scores to determine "status" Promising quality and value, come play your trivia of a favorite book!
Earle Ovington was an American aeronautical engineer, aviator, and inventor, who also served as a lab assistant to Thomas Edison. Best known as an accomplished and pioneering exhibition pilot, Ovington first learned to fly in France in 1906; in 1911 he flew the first official airmail flight in the United States in a Bleriot XI. To put those dates in perspective, the Wright Brothers made their initial 12-second mechanical human flight on December 17, 1903 and developed flying machines into practical aircraft during the years 1905 to 1907. So Ovington's piloting days put him at the cutting edge of human flight. From a twenty-first-century perspective, carrying mail, making long flights, or even doing stunt exhibitions may not suggest high adventure and daring, but when Ovington flew in the early days of mechanical flight, even ordinary outings were very risky. As his wife Adelaide explains, planes of the time were held together and guided not by cables but by very thin wires. If the wrong wire broke, it meant certain death. Despite these risks, Ovington soared with a charismatic fearlessness, as hinted at by the lucky 13 he painted on his plane's wing. As good fortune would have it, Adelaide proves as charming as Earle was daring. In An Aviator's Wife, Adelaide captures the flavor of the times, paints a vivid portrait of her marriage, and provides a lively and entertaining account of Earle's adventures. An Aviator's Wife is a must-read for anyone captivated by real-life stories from the golden era of early aviation.
The“poignant and superbly written memoir”(Chicago Tribune) of growing up as the daughter of Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh. • Famous family: Reeve Lindbergh was the youngest child in her family. Her parents were so successful at avoiding publicity that it took years before she realized that they were famous. • Personal anecdotes: Reeve writes about events that weren’t known to the public. This is the story of what it was like to be a part of that extraordinary family. • Beautiful, touching writing: Reviewers nationwide praised the quality of writing in Reeve Lindbergh’s memoir when it was first published ten years ago.
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Aviator’s Wife comes a story of courage on the prairie, inspired by the devastating storm that struck the Great Plains in 1888, threatening the lives of hundreds of immigrant homesteaders, especially schoolchildren. “Melanie Benjamin never fails to create compelling, unforgettable characters and place them against the backdrop of startling history.”—Lisa Wingate, author of The Book of Lost Friends The morning of January 12, 1888, was unusually mild, following a punishing cold spell. It was warm enough for the homesteaders of the Dakota Territory to venture out again, and for their children to return to school without their heavy coats—leaving them unprepared when disaster struck. At the hour when most prairie schools were letting out for the day, a terrifying, fast-moving blizzard blew in without warning. Schoolteachers as young as sixteen were suddenly faced with life and death decisions: Keep the children inside, to risk freezing to death when fuel ran out, or send them home, praying they wouldn’t get lost in the storm? Based on actual oral histories of survivors, this gripping novel follows the stories of Raina and Gerda Olsen, two sisters, both schoolteachers—one becomes a hero of the storm and the other finds herself ostracized in the aftermath. It’s also the story of Anette Pedersen, a servant girl whose miraculous survival serves as a turning point in her life and touches the heart of Gavin Woodson, a newspaperman seeking redemption. It was Woodson and others like him who wrote the embellished news stories that lured northern European immigrants across the sea to settle a pitiless land. Boosters needed them to settle territories into states, and they didn’t care what lies they told these families to get them there—or whose land it originally was. At its heart, this is a story of courage, of children forced to grow up too soon, tied to the land because of their parents’ choices. It is a story of love taking root in the hard prairie ground, and of families being torn asunder by a ferocious storm that is little remembered today—because so many of its victims were immigrants to this country.
'One morning about the middle of May, As we struggled to share the single lavatory in our bathroom, our eyes met, and I didn't like what I saw. When he was dressed, he announced to me that he wanted a divorce...I looked him straight in the eye and said, 'Jim McGraw, you can't do better.'' in a time when half of all marriages end in divorce, a heartwarming memoir of an aviator wife's successful fifty-year marriage that endured separations during the Vietnam War, personal turmoil, and various moves around the world offers encouragement to civilian and military families alike. In Safe Landings: Memoirs of an Aviator's Wife, new author Fran McGraw gives readers hope that in the face of struggles their marriage can survive if built on faith in God and commitment to each other. 'A very personal and poignant account of a family's military service-both the triumphs And The tribulations.' -Colonel Larry Gordon, author of the Last Confederate General: John C. Vaughn and His East Tennessee Cavalry 'Reading Safe Landings gave me a better understanding of the sacrifices made by those in military service and their families in keeping the world a safer place.' -Betty Hay, friend of the author Fran McGraw was an aviator's wife for thirty-six years. Her marriage survived two Vietnam tours, two children, six grandsons, and thirty-nine moves. Fran and her husband are currently retired in a golf course community near Fort Worth, Texas, where they participate in their community chapel, volunteer fire department, and golf associations.
A captivating novel based on the story of the extraordinary real-life American woman who secretly worked for the French Resistance during World War II—while playing hostess to the invading Germans at the iconic Hôtel Ritz in Paris—from the New York Times bestselling author of The Aviator's Wife and The Swans of Fifth Avenue. “A compelling portrait of a marriage and a nation at war from within.”—Kate Quinn, author of The Alice Network Nothing bad can happen at the Ritz; inside its gilded walls every woman looks beautiful, every man appears witty. Favored guests like Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Coco Chanel, and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor walk through its famous doors to be welcomed and pampered by Blanche Auzello and her husband, Claude, the hotel’s director. The Auzellos are the mistress and master of the Ritz, allowing the glamour and glitz to take their minds off their troubled marriage, and off the secrets that they keep from their guests—and each other. Until June 1940, when the German army sweeps into Paris, setting up headquarters at the Ritz. Suddenly, with the likes of Hermann Goëring moving into suites once occupied by royalty, Blanche and Claude must navigate a terrifying new reality. One that entails even more secrets and lies. One that may destroy the tempestuous marriage between this beautiful, reckless American and her very proper Frenchman. For in order to survive—and strike a blow against their Nazi “guests”—Blanche and Claude must spin a web of deceit that ensnares everything and everyone they cherish. But one secret is shared between Blanche and Claude alone—the secret that, in the end, threatens to imperil both of their lives, and to bring down the legendary Ritz itself. Based on true events, Mistress of the Ritz is a taut tale of suspense wrapped up in a love story for the ages, the inspiring story of a woman and a man who discover the best in each other amid the turbulence of war. Praise for Mistress of the Ritz “No one writes of the complexities of women’s lives and loves like Melanie Benjamin. In Mistress of the Ritz, Benjamin brings wartime Paris brilliantly to life. . . . Intense, illuminating, and ultimately inspiring!”—Elizabeth Letts, New York Times bestselling author of Finding Dorothy