A Memoir of Murder, Madness, and the Messenger of Spring
Suzanne Congdon LeRoy
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“Nightingale” is an eloquent and inspiring tribute to the life and legacy of Elisabeth Mannering Congdon, the extraordinary woman who was so much more than the last day of her life. Entrusted with the burdens and joys of memory, Elisabeth’s eldest granddaughter, Suzanne Congdon LeRoy, combines lived experience with meticulous historical research as she details a family legacy filled with inconceivable loss, love, and perseverance. Elisabeth Congdon emerges as the key to her granddaughter’s survival and the messenger of spring. Her early efforts to nurture a foundation of hope, optimism, and the power of possibility lead Suzanne to advanced education, a remarkable nursing career and the discovery of the ineffable relationship between healing oneself, service to others, and the connection to the spirit and beauty of the earth that makes her whole again. “Nightingale” is a book of rare power, beauty, and hope. All proceeds, after taxes, are used to support health and human rights initiatives that benefit women and girls with an emphasis on education, reproductive health, and violence prevention.
Once I started reading this book, I was unable to put it down. It is a superbly crafted chronicle of a life filled with joy, terror, sadness, hope and an
entire host of emotions. Written by the eldest granddaughter of Elisabeth Mannering Congdon of Minnesota, it is not only her memoir, but a tribute to an exceptional woman and grandmother. There is a wonderful historical aspect to this book, along with a beautifully written text filled with interesting fact and
experiences, some terrifying and many delightful. Without hesitation, I can recommend this inspirational book filled with hope and optimism.
A heartfelt memory
Skipping stones with my kids on the shore of Lake Superior on yet another tour of Glensheen is how we became drawn to this family so many years ago. A place of unique history. This book has given a continued vision of Elisabeth and her life. Those personal moments Suzanne has shared encompassing sights, smells and feelings so honest and real. A wonderful read.