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Friday Book Group- Aviator's Wife

Join Decorah Public Library’s Friday Book Group at 2 p.m. Friday Jan. 20 to discuss Melanie Benjamin’s bestselling novel “The Aviator’s Wife.” The Friday Book Group meets once a month and actively seeks new participants. Books are available for check-out at the front desk of the library.

 

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.

 

Melanie Benjamin’s previous historical novels include the national bestseller “Alice I Have Been,” about Alice Liddell, the inspiration for “Alice in Wonderland,” and “The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb,” the story of 32-inch-tall Lavinia Warren Stratton, a star during the Gilded Age. Her novels have been translated in over ten languages, featured in national magazines such as Good Housekeeping, People, and Entertainment Weekly, and optioned for film.

 

Call Decorah Public Library at 382-3717 for more information.

 

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