Monday, June 11, 2012

A Book to Savor: Against Wind and Tide by Anne Morrow Lindberg

As an artist and a woman, Anne Morrow Lindberg seemed to have it all: healthy children, a famous husband, and acclaim for her writing, but like all of us there were mountains to climb. This series of diaries and letters gives us a glimpse of the inner woman and how she stood up to the challenges in her life.

One of the major themes is her need for solitude to fill the cup of creativity. With five children, finding quiet times is never easy. Although Anne had little houses to write in at most of the places she lived, seizing time for herself came with the price of guilt. I think one of the most fascinating sections is her life on Captiva, an island off the coast of Florida. It's here that she got the idea for “Gift from the Sea.” Some of the sections for that book come word for word from the diary she kept at this time.

I highly recommend this book. If you are a woman in the middle years, I think you will find yourself in the pages. Wanting to be your own person and be acknowledge for your art on one hand, but taking the job of wife and particularly mother very seriously. I loved the book. It's the kind of book you want to dip into from time to time to feel the touch of a courageous soul.

I reviewed this book for the Amazon Vine Program.