Book discussion - "Gift from the Sea" by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

I read this book in my teens and loved it.  I'd like to re-read it now that I'm much older.  I'm not putting a location yet but it will be near Ocean Beach.  You must read the entire book to attend (it's a short 144 pages).  It will be more appealing to women, but men have reviewed it favorably on Amazon.  I'm limiting the group to 10 attendees to have a manageable discussion, so only sign up if you think you can make it and plan to read the book.

Here is the Amazon description:

"In this inimitable, beloved classic—graceful, lucid and lyrical—Anne Morrow Lindbergh shares her meditations on youth and age; love and marriage; peace, solitude and contentment as she set them down during a brief vacation by the sea. Drawing inspiration from the shells on the shore, Lindbergh’s musings on the shape of a woman’s life bring new understanding to both men and women at any stage of life. A mother of five, an acclaimed writer and a pioneering aviator, Lindbergh casts an unsentimental eye on the trappings of modernity that threaten to overwhelm us: the time-saving gadgets that complicate rather than simplify, the multiple commitments that take us from our families. And by recording her thoughts during a brief escape from everyday demands, she helps readers find a space for contemplation and creativity within their own lives.

With great wisdom and insight Lindbergh describes the shifting shapes of relationships and marriage, presenting a vision of life as it is lived in an enduring and evolving partnership. A groundbreaking, best-selling work when it was originally published in 1955, Gift from the Sea continues to be discovered by new generations of readers."


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  • Karen

    Sorry you won't be joining us Monica. If people want to cancel due to a low attendance, let me know. I'm good either way. If you all cancel - I'll just talk to myself :)

    March 1, 2013

  • Karen

    My copy arrived so I have the library copy if anyone needs it.

    February 25, 2013

  • Michael E.

    I'm reading some other things right now....I checked for info about this book. I saw Charles Lindbergh's grace on Maui when I was there.

    February 25, 2013

  • Donna

    No allergies here!

    February 23, 2013

  • Karen

    My book still didn't arrive (!) but I was able to get a copy from the library today. I'm thinking of having this meetup at my place - I'm in the Outer Sunset a block from the beach (will email my address to those who RSVP). Does anyone have allergies? I have a dog and a cat. Let me know - if so we can meet at a cafe.

    February 23, 2013

  • Donna

    This book was quick and easy to read. Yet, it is full of depth and wisdom about maintaining relationships with your mate, family, and friends, and still taking the time to nurture yourself. A new age self-help book written in the 50's! As a writer, rather than a psychologist, Lindbergh adds a beautiful element of grace and prose to her insightful observations, using her island getaway and beach shells as analogies to life's questions. Here is a passage on what the women of the 50's needed to explore after winning some free time from household work (due to the feminist movement). To me, this still rings true: "We are aware of our hunger and needs, but still ignorant of what will satisfy them. With our garnered free time, we are more apt to drain out creative springs than to refill them. With our pitchers, we attempt sometimes to water a field, not a garden."

    You can get this book at the library. Come join us!

    February 21, 2013

  • Marycolette

    Looking forward to meeting some great neighbors!

    February 12, 2013

  • Monica D.

    Good book to discuss!

    February 11, 2013

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