LITTLE FALLS -- The Lindbergh name is still magic in Little Falls.
Just ask author Reeve Lindbergh whose brief appearance Monday at a downtown bookstore attracted an adoring, standing-room-only throng.
By night's end, the daughter of the famed aviator had personally autographed more than 350 volumes, extending the two-hour event to three to accommodate demand.
For most of her admirer-readers, it meant an hourlong wait in a line that wound the length of Bookin' It Bookstore, as Lindbergh patiently handled every request from her fans.
Author Reeve Lindbergh greeted a large crowd of admirer-readers during Monday's book-signing event in Little Falls, signing more than 350 volumes by night's end.
The author of 15 children's books, several memoirs and an occasional book of poetry or prayer more often than not crafted a personal note for a volume's bearer before scripting her signature to the title page. Many arrived with multiple books in hand.
"I love it. I love the way the people here still connect with them," she said in reference to the area's long-standing regard for her parents, Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh.
"So many of them come up and tell me their stories, their personal recollections" of growing up with Charles Lindbergh, who spent his childhood on the family farm south of town, Lindbergh said.
The anecdotes range far and wide over the future aviator's adventurous youth, from rafting on the Mississippi River to discovering his favorite swimming hole or the day he raced a motorcycle through the halls of the local school, she said.
"There are still people around (Little Falls) who can tell those stories, and I'm so delighted," said Lindbergh, who returns often to the area from her Vermont farm for book signings, special events and celebrations, or just to catch up on lifelong friends.
The centerpiece of Monday's visit was the release of her latest book, an intimate account in journal style of her mother's final months. Anne Morrow Lindbergh died last February at her daughter's home after a long illness. She was 94.
The volume -- "No More Words" -- was very much in evidence as readers sought the author's attention and signature, but Lindbergh signed dozens of books penned by her parents as well.
On Tuesday, Lindbergh, as usual, spent part of the day with students in Little Falls schools, this time to commemorate the 100th anniversary of her father's birth. Charles Lindbergh died in 1974 from Hodgkin's lymphoma.
"It makes me a little bit sad that he couldn't be alive today, even without the cancer," she said, acknowledging the passing of an era in her own life.
Lindbergh, who also serves as president of the Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation in Minneapolis, will return to the state in August to celebrate the 75th anniversary of her father's famous Spirit of St. Louis flight.
She also will attend similar celebratory events in St. Louis, Long Island, Washington, D.C., and other cities impacted by the transoceanic flight.
Her next literary project? Lindbergh is writing the final draft of her 16th children's book, which will be released by her London-based publisher in the months ahead, she said.
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