Posts Tagged ‘Melanie Benjamin’

The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

(Find this book in our catalog)Released in January 2013, The Aviator’s Wife is the story of Anne Morrow, the wife of Charles Lindbergh.  The book follows their courtship and marriage, the kidnapping of their child, Charles’ affairs and both the happy & sad times from Anne’s point of view.  Anne is a relatively innocent young woman who becomes enamoured of the famous flier.  Under Charles’ tutelage, she becomes an accomplished aviator and navigator in her own right and flies solo.  Life with Charles is never easy, however.  Anne must find her own way through life if she is ever to find happiness.  With an eye to historical detail, Benjamin examines the relationship and times of the Lindberghs, and may provide the reader with a new insight into this period in American history.

Ms. Benjamin has always been an avid reader. Although she had written previously, she discovered her writing forte with her books Alice I Have Been and The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb. See her website.

If you are reading for a book group, you might consider these themes: Traditional/Cultural roles of men & women, Fame/Hero worship, The Press- positives & negatives, Dealing with the loss of a child, Anti-Semitism.

Posted by Julia


The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb by Melanie Benjamin

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

(Find this book in our catalog).  Ms. Benjamin’s novel was well received by the Abingdon Books at Night group who read it for their June meeting.  Everyone found it interesting & it provided a wealth of discussion material, from the treatment of those with physical differences, to women’s wages & childbirth, to the Civil War & slavery.  All those who attended joined in the animated discussion.  Mrs. Tom Thumb, also known as Lavinia Warren was a person of short stature of only 32 inches tall.  She became an employee of  P. T. Barnum, married General Tom Thumb, & together with her younger sister, Minnie, traveled across America & the world.  In her time (the 1860s) she & Tom Thumb were renowned entertainers held in high esteem, they were stars of their day.  Benjamin takes Lavinia’s story & develops it into a fascinating account of her life, with excitement, adventure & tragedy.  The background story is that of a country struggling through war & division, of technological changes, expanding railroads & electricity.  It is this background that adds greater depth to an already very interesting tale.  Any reader who enjoys historical fiction & who wants to know more about this period will finds this novel an engrossing read.

Melanie Benjamin is the author of Alice I Have Been, the story about the girl behind Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland character.  “Alice Liddell Hargreaves’s life has been a richly woven tapestry: As a young woman, wife, mother, and widow, she’s experienced intense passion, great privilege, and greater tragedy.  But as she nears her eighty-first birthday, she knows that, to the world around her, she is and will always be only “Alice.” 

Melanie Benjamin’s third historical novel, The Ambassador’s Daughter, a novel about Anne Morrow Lindbergh, will be out in 2013.

Tom Thumb : the remarkable true story of a man in miniature by George Sullivan is a Juvenile Biography that is worth taking a look at.  It contains many pictures of the characters in the novel & gives more information about what happened to Lavinia in her later life.

Posted by Julia