Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Page Turners Book Group To Discuss "The Aviator's Wife"

Bernardsville Public Library’s evening book group, Page Turners, will meet on Tuesday, November 11 at 6:30 pm, when Library Director April Judge will lead the discussion of “The Aviator's Wife" (2013) by Melanie Benjamin. [The author will not be present.]

This historical novel—New York Times, USA Today, and Indiebound bestsellers—centers on Anne Morrow Lindbergh, wife of world-famous aviator Charles Lindbergh and her evolution from submissive helpmate into the author of the feminist classic “Gift from the Sea.” 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.

Library Journal wrote that the book, “well-researched and paced…will certainly spark readers' interest in learning more about this famous couple.”

Ms. Benjamin attended Indiana University and performed in many community theater productions before meeting her husband, moving to the Chicago area, and raising two sons. She had a continuing interest in writing and soon began writing for local magazines and newspapers before venturing into her first love, fiction. Later, incorporating her passion for history and biography, Ms. Benjamin, found her niche writing historical fiction, concentrating on the "stories behind the stories." "Alice I Have Been" was her first historical novel; "The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb" her second, and "The Aviator's Wife," is her third.

There is no charge to attend Page Turners and no registration is needed to join the discussion. Call the library at 766-0118 for more information.

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