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Under a Wing: A Memoir

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"We Lindberghs still know ourselves best as a tribe: close-knit, self-enclosed, and self-defining, always prepared to be besieged by invisible forces upwelling from the past...."

The world knew Charles Lindbergh as a daring aviator, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, and controversial isolationist in World War II.  His wife, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, was a bestselling author.  To
Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 7th 1999 by Delta (first published 1998)
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Feb 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography, favorites
I loved this book! It is rich in anecdotes and reflections, as Reeve Lindbergh, the youngest child of Anne and Charles, shares memories of family life with her famous parents. I reveled in the fond descriptions of various cornerstones in her growing up years – the sprawling homestead in Darien, Connecticut, the summer retreat on an island in Maine, and Sunday dinners at their grandmother Morrow’s. Reeve’s bonds within her immediate family are poignantly described, as are the household rhythms an ...more
Stephanie Holt
Jan 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It took me quite some time to read this book. I originally picked it up as research material to learn more about Anne Morrow Lindbergh and share that knowledge with the library book club meeting I agreed to host on the book Gift From The Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh. Having already hosted the meeting, I still hadn't finished reading it. This week I decided to pick it up and finish it off as my book of the week. It was well worth the wait. The emotional vulnerability Reeve was able to share reall ...more
Feb 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own

I have owned a copy of Under a Wing for too long to recall where I acquired it but reading The Aviator's Wife renewed my interest in the family. I reread Gift from the Sea and then move on to Under a Wing. Because The Aviator's Wife focuses on Anne Morrow Lindbergh's emotions but skims over some events, I was hoping Reeve would fill in the blanks a bit. For the most part, she describes what it was like to live as the child of famous parents who fiercely protected their privacy at home. Lac
Jan 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
A very enjoyable portrait of both Anne Morrow Lindbergh and Charles Lindbergh by their youngest daughter. I have read all six volume's of Anne's letter-memoirs, plus I love the short stories for children by Elizabeth Morrow (Anne's mother)--so I read this for new information and perspective from Reeve. Writing is wonderful; insights helpful.
Oct 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a gem of a book. After reading the Aviator's Wife I was hungry for more info on the Lindberghs and my library search turned up this. Written by the youngest Lindbergh child, Reeve, it is not a linear account, but a true memoir of impressions and memories of growing up with such famous parents and under the shadow of a tragedy. I knew of her as a children's author, but was excited to find this book for adults. She writes beautifully and poetically about the "give-and-take between public i ...more
Linda Lipko
Jun 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It took awhile to read this book because I wanted to savor each wonderful phrase. The writing is outstanding. Told from the perspective of the youngest child of Anne Morrow Lindbergh and Charles Lindbergh, the reader learns of an idyllic childhood.

After the loss of their first-born son, the Lindbergh's sought time out of sight from the public eye. Wanting to protect their children and themselves from the invasive media and overwhelming curiosity of the public, they rented or purchased homes far
Oct 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I love Reeve Lindbergh. She is one of those writers I would love to meet for dinner. Considering her very unusual growing-up years, that she grew up to be so open-hearted, so generous, and so full of humor amazes me.

In this very honest memoir, she tells us what it was like to be the youngest child of two brilliant (but somewhat remote) parents; both universally known as writers and aviators. Born long after the Lindbergh hysteria and the infamous murder of the Lindbergh baby, she nonetheless is
Nov 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: memoir
Our community read this year is The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin. I’m on a Mission to read as much about the writings of the Morrow/Lindbergh family. It was a slog for me to get through some chapters in the first half of the book.
I was fascinated that Reeve had to go to the Lindbergh Museum in Minnesota, a place she had not visited prior to his death, to feel a connection with all the phases of his life. The placement of the heavy black cast iron skillet on the kitchen stove finally allowe
Nov 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
A fascinating insight into the marriage of a wildly famous and yet fiercely private couple. Reeve looks at her celebrated parents honestly and without sentimentality, and they emerge as whole, flawed, gifted, and completely human. Some of it is heart rending, especially her journey to understand and be close to her mother and the loss of her beloved sister to cancer. Tragedy and its resulting grief suffuse much of the story, but there's also a lot of happiness and humor. Nice book!
Jul 31, 2008 rated it really liked it
A touching memoir of the Lindbergh family, written by the youngest daughter, Reeve. It was so interesting to learn about Reeve's parents, what they were like, their interests, their characters. The chapter on their first son's kidnapping and murder was heartbreaking and, as a mother, so hard to read. But they went on with their lives and raised a wonderful family. Great memoir!
Aug 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
I love memoirs and I have read many Lindberg books. This is one of the best and I fell in love with Reeve Lindbergh and could hardly wait for her book Forward From Here to come out.
Jan 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It was a very good book. Loved to see the family through Reeve's eyes. Very interesting view of Charles Lindbergh.
Tom Schulte
Dec 27, 2017 rated it liked it
I just finished reading breathless recollection of the pioneering cross-Atlantic flight of "Lucky Lindy" in The Start 1904-30 and so it felt right to read about the family privacy so jealously guarded after the aviation breakthrough and the murder of Charles Lindbergh III. Reeve recalls a self-described "non-benevolent dictator" running the children and household like a martinet. Reeve recalls the long train of false Charles Lindbergh III's at the door and writing and her understandably appalled ...more
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
How fitting the book cover photograph for Reeve Lindbergh's memoir, Under a Wing.
The youngest child of historic and legendary parents, Charles and Anne Morrow Lindberg, the author offers a view of family life the public never saw. Granted it may not be the most candid, after all, she was preached the mantra of privacy from early childhood and lived under the benevolent dictatorship of her father. Still, I believe she did a remarkable job sharing what growing up Lindbergh meant for her.
In her re
Penny McGill
Finished it last night. I read it because it was on the list that Melanie Benjamin had in the back of The Aviator's Wife and it was just wonderful. It was a great choice to read after the fictional Aviator's Wife because it gave greater depth to the issues she covered in her storytelling about Anne Lindberg and also because Reeve Lindberg does such a wonderful job of painting the pictures of her family in each chapter.

She doesn't shy away from the difficult parts of her parents' life together a
Jan 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I fell in love with the writings and style of Reeve Lindbergh - her openness, her candor - reading this book.

Reeve manages to do what so few can. She humanized people so famous as to have become icons - without embarrassing or sensationalizing them along the way. This is not an "expose" - thank goodness. This is the sweet, honest memoir of "growing up Lindbergh" under the shadow of fame, infamy, tragedy, courage, and almost unmeasurable talent in both parents. Quite a wingspan
Amy Edwards
Apr 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Fun read. Naturally it is great fun to read a daughter's perspective of her famous, quirky father (he often complained about badly-made products made by "punk designers" who afflicted the world with their shoddy work) and her writer-mother (she took it bitterly when John Ciardi ripped her book in a review).

I was most interested in the chapter reflecting about the lingering impact on the family of the loss of the "Lindbergh baby." It was moving to read about Anne Morrow Lindbergh's wisdom and adv
Jan 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
A really wonderful family memoir, written by Reeve Lindbergh, the youngest daughter of Charles Lindbergh and Ann Morrow Lindbergh. Very evocative and affectionate descriptions of her stern (but surprisingly playful) father and her sensitive and creative mother, and well as a colorful cast of grandmothers, aunts, uncles and cousins. Her descriptions of their large house and sprawling acreage (purposely isolated, to protect them from public scrutiny), really brought to life the slower days of the ...more
Feb 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013, books-i-own
After reading The Aviator's Wife and Gift from the Sea, I looked forward to reading a daughter’s view of the Lindbergh family history. Reeve Lindbergh did not disappoint. This was a touching memoir and managed to achieve intimacy without seeming to trample upon the privacy of her family members. It isn’t a tell-all kind of book, but reveals much about the family, and the author shares a wisdom that speaks to all women. Reeve came from a family of writers: her grandmother, her mother and father, ...more
Aug 05, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2007, memoir-ish
I read this, actually, hoping to learn more about Anne Lindbergh, Reeve's sister, who died in 1993 and wrote several of my favorite books for children. But, it focused much more on Reeve and Anne's famous parents, Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, who had quite the hefty influence on Reeve and her life.

Much of the book is Reeve working through the enigmatic character of her father. At times, it reminded me of Frank and Ernestine Gilbreth's stories of their own father in the book Cheaper by
Feb 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Under a Wing is a short, sweet memoir written by Reeve Lindberg, daughter of Anne Morrow Lindberg and Charles A. Lindberg. Even though it was written when Reeve Lindberg was a much older adult with a family of her own, many of the stories seem like they are written through the eyes of a child. Ms. Lindberg presents details and anecdotes from her childhood through the years to her father’s death and her mother’s battle with dementia. All of her siblings are included in the stories. They were also ...more
Dec 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing

I wish there was more about Anne Morrow Lindbergh than about Charles. However, I did read this daughter's memoir "No More Words" about her mother, which I loved - being a fan of "Gift from the Sea."

This poem by the author's sister Anne made me think of Lake George. Jenny, get your Mom to read this:

"This much is sure-
that I am here again
at the morning window in another year
as are the wings, the birdsong
and the line of firs against the sky,
the line of tides against the beach
and streaks of calm smo
Mimi Fintel
Feb 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
After reading the "Aviator's Wife," I wanted to learn more about the Lindbergh family. This book is a memoir written by the youngest of the Lindbergh children. She writes more about her father than about her mother. I believe her intent in writing this book is to put a more human face on her father. She wanted people to relate to him as someone's father rather than just as a hero figure. She also mentions that the oldest Lindbergh child was kidnapped and killed, and for many years none of the ot ...more
Mar 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Reeve Lindbergh, daughter of Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, talks about being their daughter. She admires and loves both parents, giving them more credence and humanity than author Melanie Benjamin in her novel "The Aviator's Wife." Reading what Reeve wrote restored my faith in these two consummately experienced professionals.

Reeve relates a deeply personal and touching event following the death of her toddler son. Her mother Anne insisted that they sit at the dead child's bedside, just bein
Barbara M
Mar 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
I just finished reading "The Aviator's Wife" (historical fiction about Anne Morrow Lindbergh and her family)and wanted to learn more about the family. I was very interested in reading a book written by a member of the Lindbergh family.

The author, Reeve Lindbergh, is the youngest daughter of Charles & Anne Morrow Lindbergh. Her memoir is beautifully written. Reeve definitely inherited her mother's gift for writing.

I recommend this book to anyone who would like to learn more about the Lindber
Apr 25, 2013 rated it did not like it
Sorely disappointing. I read this book with one of my book groups as a response to "Aviator's Wife." Reeve Lindbergh describes her family as a self protecting tribe on the back cover. Not only did she ignore some of the major issues described in the historical fiction but this was boring. The only bit of satisfaction was the chapter on Mr. Lindberg's anti-semitism. Even so, it was very incomplete. Why publish a memoir if you are too private to share memories?This one was published in 1998. I pla ...more
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a lovely little book that told stories of the young Lindbergh family and Reeve's reactions to her parents, siblings, grandparents, the price of fame, and her growing-up years. It is told with compassion and insight, using lovely language. I really enjoyed it and it gave me another perspective on her parents after reading a scholarly biography about her father.
Joanna Teodosio
Oct 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great book! It is beautifully written by Reeve Lindbergh and really gave me a glimpse of her famous parents. All I ever really knew about them was limited knowledge. Reeve really gives a fuller picture of her parents, her upbringing, and how her parents' lives shaped her own understanding of being a parent as well as a child of a famous parent. I highly recommend this book.
Feb 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
I really like Reeve Lindbergh's writing. This memoir was evocative for me, as we are about the same age; it was funny, touching, sad, and thought provoking. A lovely analysis of a public/private life. I loved it.
Jun 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Reeve Lindbergh's writing voice is friendly and genuine. She has a gift with language -- doesn't overwrite; instead her words can be beautiful and evocative. I thought this was a very good memoir about growing up in a famous and ultimately dysfunctional family.
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