The Astronaut Wives Club (A True Story) by Lily Koppel
Thank you to my friend Gail for recommending this one to me! ~Sheila
1959. We have all heard of the astronauts that have graced our history books… the first man in space, the first on the moon, those who followed, those… who did not make it.
Starting with project Mercury behind each of these original 7 men were 7 women who suddenly found themselves the center of the world’s attention. What did they eat for breakfast? How did they raise their children? What were their greatest fears? Their greatest triumphs? It was all a bit much to be under this constant magnifying glass by NASA as well as the public. These wives were expected to be perfect, look perfect. After all… they were representing America.
Some of them thrived in the lime light, other worked hard to keep the details of their marriage under wraps. The world expected nothing but perfection. This led to the women creating the Astronaut’s Wives Club. Together the women supported one another as each man went into space. They were their, first and foremost, when as it happened, that the husband did not come back.
The wives from Project Mercury, The Kennedy Years, Gemini Missions, and finally the Apollo program were women who didn’t sign up for this assignment but they received it any way. Some eventually divorced, and one, can not handle the great price her husband paid. All….
had a story to tell.
This audio book was amazing. It was so interesting to learn about the women behind the names we know. If you think it is hard to be shot into space… imagine being the wife left back here on earth trying to hold it together while cameras and reporters are everywhere (even in your house) can capture your every emotion.
I really enjoyed listening to this in audio format. Narrator Orlagh Cassidy is a new narrator to me and perfect for this book. In fact many times I checked the case to read her name trying to submit it to memory so I can look up what else she narrates. (For the record, it looks like she narrates many David Baldachi books). Her smooth voice flowed through this listen, never a flaw.
I highly recommend this book or audio to those who enjoy non fiction history. The book is like reading a fiction novel, it is not a difficult read at all and I enjoy spending time with these amazing women.
Side note: I just read that this became a series on ABC, Thursdays 8/7c starting on June 18th. Might be interesting!
- Listening Length: 7 hours and 46 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Unabridged edition (June 18, 2013)