Book review: Two Lives — by Reeve Lindbergh

(Brigantine Media)
Reeve Lindbergh’s latest memoir explores the intersection of her “Two Lives”: one as a daughter of aviator-authors Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, and her other, “normal life in the country.” The responsibility for her mother’s and father’s letters, manuscripts and historical archives came to her after they died because of her experience with editors and publishers in her own writing life. “Their written words,” she writes, “continue to reverberate in my consciousness and their lives still trail long tendrils across mine.” She regularly receives correspondence related to their careers, personal lives, or archives. Then, pulling herself away from the sheep and the chickens, her family and her dogs, she steps into her “Lindbergh” self, appearing at galas, attending meetings and giving talks. Her comfortable existence in rural Vermont quietly waits for her return. Her perspective, and the division between her two lives, is decidedly unique. She speaks candidly and honestly about how she feels to be the spokesperson for one of the most famous families of the twentieth century while also ruminating about daily life on the farm, family matters, aging and community. Lindbergh manages to find the good in these intersections of her life. (Reeve Lindbergh will read from, discuss and sign her book at the Vermont Book Shop on Tuesday, June 5, at 7 p.m.)
— Reviewed by Jenny Lyons of The Vermont Book Shop
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