Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Lindbergh's Daughter Reveals the Private Side of the Legend

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Lindbergh's Daughter Reveals the Private Side of the Legend

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UNDER A WING

By Reeve Lindbergh

Simon & Schuster 223 pp., $23 Remembering childhood is a creative act. Adult memories can often have an invented quality. But a writer recollecting famous parents faces the added challenge of sorting out the public and private realities. In "Under a Wing," Reeve Lindbergh attempts this daunting task. Her father, Charles A. Lindbergh, was a world-class celebrity. Her mother, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, was her husband's partner in flying adventures and an enormously popular author. She recorded their lives in volumes of published detail. Undaunted, Reeve, the Lindberghs' youngest child, offers her own memoir of growing up with them, discovering and coming to terms with her parents' place in the world outside the family fortress. It's full of poignant anecdotes, epiphanies about generational links, and insights on relationships and love. The dark memories - coping with her sister's death and her mother's decline, discovering her father's reactionary politics - are handled with sad sensitivity. …

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