The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin

About the Book

For much of her life, Anne Morrow, the shy daughter of the U.S. ambassador to Mexico, has stood in the shadows of those around her, including her millionaire father and vibrant older sister, who often steals the spotlight. Then Anne, a college senior with hidden literary aspirations, travels to Mexico City to spend Christmas with her family. There she meets Colonel Charles Lindbergh, fresh off his celebrated 1927 solo flight across the Atlantic. Enthralled by Charles's assurance and fame, Anne is certain the celebrated aviator has scarcely noticed her. But she is wrong. Charles sees in Anne a kindred spirit, a fellow adventurer, and her world will be changed forever. The two marry in a headline-making wedding. Hounded by adoring crowds and hunted by an insatiable press, Charles shields himself and his new bride from prying eyes, leaving Anne to feel her life falling back into the shadows. In the years that follow, despite her own major achievements-she becomes the first licensed female glider pilot in the United States-Anne is viewed merely as the aviator's wife. The fairy-tale life she once longed for will bring heartbreak and hardships, ultimately pushing her to reconcile her need for love and her desire for independence, and to embrace, at last, life's infinite possibilities for change and happiness.

2018 Schedule

February 15, 2018
at Lisa’s house
The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu
Questions by Jen

March 22, 2018
at Julie’s house
The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin
Questions by Heather

April 19, 2018
at Amy’s house
In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende
Questions by Julia

May 17, 2018
at Julia’s house
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
Questions by Julie

June 21, 2018
at Allison’s house
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
Questions by Jenny

July 2018
no book
Maybe an outing to Tosa Tonight

August 16, 2018
Potluck at The Landing Beer Garden
The Purple Diaries by Joseph Egan
Questions by Allison
Invite daughters before they head off to college?

September 20, 2018
at Heather’s house
The Cottingley Secret by Hazel Gaynor
Questions by Amy

October 18, 2018
at Jenny’s house
Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari
Questions by Lisa

November 15, 2018
at Julia’s house
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Questions by Jen
Watch the movie?

December Holiday Party
at Jen’s house - date TBD

January 17, 2019
Book Selection Night at Allison’s house

Ordinary Grace by William Hunt Krueger

About the Book

New Bremen, Minnesota, 1961. The Twins were playing their debut season, ice-cold root beers were selling out at the soda counter of Halderson’s Drugstore, and Hot Stuff comic books were a mainstay on every barbershop magazine rack. It was a time of innocence and hope for a country with a new, young president. But for thirteen-year-old Frank Drum it was a grim summer in which death visited frequently and assumed many forms. Accident. Nature. Suicide. Murder.

Frank begins the season preoccupied with the concerns of any teenage boy, but when tragedy unexpectedly strikes his family—which includes his Methodist minister father; his passionate, artistic mother; Juilliard-bound older sister; and wise-beyond-his-years kid brother—he finds himself thrust into an adult world full of secrets, lies, adultery, and betrayal, suddenly called upon to demonstrate a maturity and gumption beyond his years.

Told from Frank’s perspective forty years after that fateful summer, Ordinary Grace is a brilliantly moving account of a boy standing at the door of his young manhood, trying to understand a world that seems to be falling apart around him. It is an unforgettable novel about discovering the terrible price of wisdom and the enduring grace of God.