I confess to knowing very little about Anne Morrow Lindbergh prior to reading Melanie Benjamin's The Aviator's Wife.
She was, in my mind, a background player in the sweeping drama that was the life of her husband, legendary aviator Charles Lindbergh.
Reading Benjamin's book, a work of historical fiction, significantly altered this perspective.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh was rich, well-educated and, at the age of 23, married to the most famous man in the world. Charles traveled the globe with Anne, who served as his navigator and copilot, and wherever they landed, they were greeted by a media frenzy beyond anything Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie could imagine.
From the tragedy of her first son's kidnapping to her own achievements as a pilot, and later, an author, Anne Morrow Lindbergh lived a life of unparalleled adventure and heartbreak on the public stage. The Aviator's Wife provides a front row seat to history as it unfolds in the lives of a couple scrutinized and judged by each other as well as the world.
If you're doing some traveling this holiday season, take the book for some in-flight -- or in-car -- entertainment. Then, join the Thursday Morning Book Discussion Group on Jan. 23, when the selected title is The Aviator's Wife.
The Thursday Morning Book Group meets on the last Thursday of the month at 10:30 a.m. at Old Worthington Library, 820 High St. On Feb. 27, Alexander Fuller's Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight will be considered. No December meeting is planned.
Also held at Old Worthington Library are the first Wednesday of the month meetings of the Speaking Volumes book discussion group; all start at 7:30 p.m.
This winter, participants will gather on Dec. 4, Jan. 8 and Feb. 5 to talk about The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka, The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz and Beyond the River by Ann Hagedorn, respectively.
The Northwest Passages book discussion group meets at Northwest Library, 2280 Hard Road, on the third Wednesday of the month at 10:30 a.m. Although the group will not meet next month, book selections for the rest of the season include Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard on Jan. 15 and The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison on Feb. 19.
Lisa Fuller is director of community engagement for Worthington Libraries.