The diary kept by Anne Morrow Lindburgh before, during and after the infamous kidnapping and murder of her firstborn child. This was called the "Crime of the Century" due to the great adoration accorded to her husband, Charles Lindburgh, the first aviator to fly across the Atlantic Ocean. It is a riveting, poignant, and beautifully written memoir of the most glorious and horrendous time of this young author's life.
*BOOK CLUB IN A BAG SELECTION. The “Long Island Reads” choice for 2007 is The Color of Water, an homage from James McBride to his white mother, Ruth McBride, recounting the story of their mixed-race family in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Alternating between Ruth’s voice and his own, McBride evokes the pain of growing up and finding your place in a world where identity is founded on race.
I discovered Anne Morrow Lindbergh's diary by accident. I read this one first. It was truly her greatest, although I loved them all. Her joy being married and traveling with her husband, her pregnancy and birth were triumphs, her pain and sorrow, still raw on the page as her firstborn was stolen from her. These books reminded me that everyday musings and thoughts are important. They represent a life lived.