Author Event

Leslie Maitland at Elawa Farm

Lake Forest Book Store Author Luncheon

Leslie Maitland, author of Crossing the Borders of Time

(Other Press $18.95, due January 8)

Wednesday January 30 at 11:30 a.m.

Elawa Farm, Lake Forest

Boxed lunch $35.00, includes the book

To reserve call 847-234-4420

Maitland, author of Crossing the Borders of Time: A True Story of War, Exile, and Love Reclaimed (Other Press $18.95, due 1/8/13) is an award-winning former "New York Times" reporter, presents a sweeping account of her family's escape from war-torn Europe that hinges on the intimate and deep romance of Maitland's mother, Janine with a Catholic Frenchman. Janine's escape from Germany to France during Hitler's rise to power, her family's eleventh-hour escape on a refugee ship and their acclimation to America are woven with another story--the sorrow at leaving her fiance behind, and the life-long hope of seeing him again.



Author Brunch with Melanie Benjamin at Authentico

Lake Forest Book Store Author Brunch

Melanie Benjamin, author of The Aviator's Wife

(Delacorte  $26.00, due January 15)

Wednesday January 16 at 10:00 a.m.

Authentico, Lake Forest
Brunch $39.00  includes the book.

To reserve call 847-234-4420

In the spirit of Loving Frank and The Paris Wife, acclaimed novelist Melanie Benjamin pulls back the curtain on the marriage of one of America’s most extraordinary couples: Charles Lindbergh and Anne Morrow Lindbergh.

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.

Drawing on the rich history of the twentieth century—from the late twenties to the mid-sixties—and featuring cameos from such notable characters as Joseph Kennedy and Amelia Earhart, The Aviator’s Wife is a vividly imagined novel of a complicated marriage—revealing both its dizzying highs and its devastating lows. With stunning power and grace, Melanie Benjamin provides new insight into what made this remarkable relationship endure.