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Astronaut Wives Club starts off in an introductory manner, letting the reader know about the original Mercury astronauts. The reader would then expect to meet the wives as their husbands' careers evolve. Such is not the case. Lily Koppel offers readers an inside look into the lives of astronaut wives. Much of the book focuses on the original Mercury 7 wives: Louise Shepard, Betty Grissom, Annie Glenn, Rene Carpenter, Jo Schirra, Trudy Cooper, and Marge Slayton. Their husbands' ambitious careers catapulted these women into a trailblazing select group, The Astronaut Wives Club. Koppel explores female friendship, support and competition. They brought champagne, casseroles and deviled eggs to homes for the "death watch", as they called launch gathering.
The most iconic telling of our great national myth of space conquest, Tom Wolfe’s book The Right Stuff, opens with a scene of a wife frantically imagining that her husband has died. The woman, Jane Conrad, has been informed by a growing chorus of fellow officer wives that something has happened at the Jacksonville Naval Air Station, where her husband, Pete, is a test pilot. Jane knows what something means. She can all but see Pete’s mangled, charred remains lying amid the palmetto grass, the smoking wreckage of his aircraft strewn about.
The Astronaut Wives Club is an American period drama television series developed by Stephanie Savage for ABC. It is based on Lily Koppel's book of the same name. The series tells the story of the wives of the Mercury Seven-America's first group of astronauts. Actresses Dominique McElligott, Yvonne Strahovski, Joanna García Swisher, Erin Cummings, Azure Parsons, Zoe Boyle, and Odette Annable play the roles of the astronauts' wives.
The wives knew how important it was that they present a good front to the American public. For instance, one of the original Mercury Seven had been unfaithful to his wife before he was chosen, and, after twelve years of marriage, she’d left him. A few months later, he came to her and said, It looks like I’m eligible to be chosen to be one of these astronauts. Of all the couples the book follows (49), apparently only 7 made it through married (this doesn’t count the 8 astronauts who died, so really. it’s 15 who didn’t end up divorced). Of course, those sorts of marital problems were only a piece of the problem. Most of these guys had been test pilots before they were astronauts, so the death toll was astoundingly high, and being an astronaut was just as bad.
The Astronaut Wives Club is a fun-loving romp about the devoted women behind NASA's herculean Moon Shot effort. Lily Koppel writes with humor, cunning, and integrity. I found her recounting of the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo programs riveting. The Astronaut Wives Club is spectacular, both in its intimacy and its reach. Lily Koppel pulls out delicious behind the scenes details of the stresses, formalities, pleasures and travails of being the women behind the men on the moon. The men catapulted into space in the 20th century were interesting, sort of.
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Read the bestselling book that inspired the ABC television series. As America's Mercury Seven astronauts were launched on death-defying missions, television cameras focused on the brave smiles of their young wives. Overnight, these women were transformed from military spouses into American royalty. They had tea with Jackie Kennedy, appeared on the cover of Life magazine, and quickly grew into fashion icons.
Barbara Cernan, wife of astronaut Eugene Cernan, watches the launch of Apollo 10 in Florida in May 1969 with her bis. A few days before Christmas 1968, Susan Borman got a visit from Chris Kraft at her home in Houston. Borman was the heavy-drinking wife of Frank Borman, who was about to become one of the first three humans to see the dark side of the Moon. She knew that whatever happened Nasa would expect total self-control. In return, she took a deep breath and asked for honesty.
- Published By – Grand Central Publishing
- Copyright (c) – Lily Koppel
- Phonographic Copyright (p) – Hachette Audio
- Copyright (c) – Hachette Audio
- Record Company – Hachette Book Group
- Cover [Cover Design] – Anne Twomey
- Design [Package Design] – Cindy Belinfanti
- Image Editor [Digital Imaging] – Stanislaw Fernandes
- Photography – Mark Seliger, Ralph Morse, SSPL
- Post Production – John Colucci
- Producer, Directed By – Cheryl Smith
- Read By – Orlagh Cassidy
- Recorded By – Jared O'Connell
- Written By – Lily Koppel
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Barcode and Other Identifiers
- Barcode (Printed): 9 781619 696457 52998
- Barcode (ISBN-13): 978-1-61969-645-7