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At the Library: Maine library signs same book as Captiva readers for anniversary of ‘Gift from the Sea’

By Staff | Aug 26, 2015

March 16, 2015, a community celebration sponsored by the Captiva Island Historical Society, the Earth Shine Institute and the Captiva Memorial Library was held in honor of the 60th anniversary of the publication of Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s iconic book “Gift from the Sea.”

Ann Bradley of the Captiva Memorial Library presented Mrs. Lindbergh’s niece, Eiluned Morgan with the copy that was publicly read and signed by the readers in 2005 at one of many special events on Captiva that year to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the publication of “Gift from the Sea.” The reading was held in the aftermath of Hurricane Charley was especially life affirming.

Recently, Bradley received a thoughtful message from Morgan to tell her that on July 26, 2015 a group gathered at the North Haven Library in Maine to read “Gift from the Sea” out loud in its entirety to honor the 60th anniversary of its publication. They were able to use the copy that was used for the Captiva Memorial Library reading in 2005 that marked the 50th anniversary. Morgan said that everyone was very touched by the island to island connection and also the library to library connection.

She writes:

“On both islands, the local library is a much treasured resource and used by all generations. Let’s hear it for island libraries — yes!

Thank you so much for caring for the copy so well and being so thoughtful to make it available for this 60th anniversary occasion. The copy is now signed by not only the Captiva readers of 2005, but also the North Haven readers of 2015. And we can now all look towards the 70th anniversary in 2025 ….

Captiva Island will be here, timeless.”

Meanwhile, go visit the Captiva Memorial Library for your reading pleasure:

“In the Country”

by Mia Alvar

“These nine globe-trotting, unforgettable stories from Mia Alvar, a remarkable new literary talent, vividly give voice to the women and men of the Filipino diaspora. Here are exiles, emigrants, and wanderers uprooting their families from the Philippines to begin new lives in the Middle East, the United States, and elsewhere-and, sometimes, turning back again. A pharmacist living in New York smuggles drugs to his ailing father in Manila, only to discover alarming truths about his family and his past. In Bahrain, a Filipina teacher drawn to a special pupil finds, to her surprise, that she is questioning her own marriage. A college student leans on her brother, a laborer in Saudi Arabia, to support her writing ambitions, without realizing that his is the life truly made for fiction. And in the title story, a journalist and a nurse face an unspeakable trauma amidst the political turmoil of the Philippines in the 1970s and ’80s. ‘In the Country’ speaks to the heart of everyone who has ever searched for a place to call home. From teachers to housemaids, from mothers to sons, Alvar’s powerful debut collection explores the universal experiences of loss, displacement, and the longing to connect across borders both real and imagined. Deeply compassionate and richly felt, ‘In the Country’ marks the emergence of a formidable new writer.” *

“Three Rivers”

by Tiffany Quay Tyson

“For three years Melody Mahaffey has been on the road, touring as a keyboardist with a terrible Christian pop band she can hardly stand. So, when her mother calls, full of her usual dire news and dramatic pronouncements, Melody is relieved to pack her bags and call it quits. But, at the sprawling, defunct ‘Three Rivers’ Farm her family calls home, Melody is shocked to discover her father is dying. Even worse, her mother has abandoned the family, leaving Melody the sole caretaker of her father and brain-damaged brother. Sure that her daughter will do the right thing, Geneva leaves to seek spiritual guidance and break things off with her long-time lover. Rain begins to fall and an epic flood threatens the Mississippi Delta. While Melody tries to get a handle on the chaos at home, a man and his little boy squat on her land, escaping their own nightmare. Obi is on the run from a horrific mistake, and he’s intent on keeping his son with him at any cost. When the storm arrives, though, they have no choice, but to take shelter in Melody’s house. And the waters just keep rising. A lifetime of lies, misunderstandings and dark secrets bubble to the surface as the flood destroys the land and threatens their lives. Set against the fertile, but dangerous landscape of the rural south near the fictional town of White Forest, Mississippi, ‘Three Rivers’ beautifully weaves together three parallel stories, told over three days, as each character is propelled headlong into the storm.” *

“The Woman Who

Stole My Life”

by Marian Keyes

“In her own words, Stella Sweeney is just “an ordinary woman living an ordinary life with her husband and two teenage kids,” working for her sister in their neighborhood beauty salon. Until one day she is struck by a serious illness, landing her in the hospital for months. After recovering, Stella finds out that her neurologist, Dr. Mannix Taylor, has compiled and self-published a memoir about her illness. Her discovery comes when she spots a photo of the finished copy in an American tabloid-and it’s in the hands of the vice president’s wife! As her relationship with Dr. Taylor gets more complicated, Stella struggles to figure out who she was before her illness, who she is now, and who she wants to be while relocating to New York City to pursue a career as a newly minted self-help memoirist. Funny, fast-paced and honest…” *

“A Necessary End: A Novel”

by Holly Brown

“Thirty-nine-year-old Adrienne is desperate to be a mother. And this time, nothing is going to get in her way. Sure, her husband, Gabe, is ambivalent about fatherhood. But she knows that once he holds their baby, he’ll come around. He’s just feeling a little threatened, that’s all. Because once upon a time, it was Gabe that Adrienne wanted more than anything; she was willing to do anything. . . . But that was half a lifetime ago. She’s a different person now, and so is Gabe. There are lines she wouldn’t cross, not without extreme provocation. And sure, she was bitten once before by another birth mother-clear to the bone-and for most people, it’s once bitten, twice shy. But Adrienne isn’t exactly the retiring type. At 19, Leah bears a remarkable resemblance to the young woman Adrienne once was. Which is why Adrienne knows the baby Leah is carrying is meant to be hers. But, Leah’s got ideas of her own: Her baby’s going to get a life in California; why shouldn’t she? All she wants is to live in Adrienne’s house for a year after the baby’s born, and get a fresh start. It seems like a small price for Adrienne to pay to get their baby. And with Gabe suddenly on board, what could possibly go wrong?” *

“Bell Weather”

by Dennis Mahoney

“A thrilling adventure set in a peculiar world, a fantastical 18th century, where a young woman must uncover the secrets of her past while confronting the present dangers of a magical wilderness. When Tom Orange rescues a mysterious young woman from a flooded river, he senses that their fates will deeply intertwine. At first, she claims to remember nothing, and rumor animates Root-an isolated settlement deep in a strange wilderness. Benjamin Knox, the town doctor, attends to her recovery and learns her name is Molly. As the town inspects its young visitor, she encounters a world teeming with wonders and oddities. She also hears of the Maimers, masked thieves who terrorize the surrounding woods. As dark forces encircle the town, the truth of Molly’s past spills into the present. A desperate voyage. A genius brother. A tragedy she hasn’t fully escaped. Molly and Tom must then decide between surviving apart or risking everything together. Dennis Mahoney’s ‘Bell Weather’ is an otherworldly and kinetic story that blends history, fantasy, mystery, and adventure, to mesmerizing effect.” *

* Book jacket/publisher description

-Senior Librarian Ann Bradley is branch manager Captiva Memorial Library.