Saturday, July 20, 2013

ARE YOU LISTENING? THE ASTRONAUT WIVES CLUB: A REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

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THE ASTRONAUT WIVES CLUB
A True Story
BY LILY KOPPEL

ABOUT THE BOOK:
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.

Annie Glenn, with her picture-perfect marriage, was the envy of the other wives; platinum-blonde Rene Carpenter was proclaimed JFK's favorite; and licensed pilot Trudy Cooper arrived on base with a secret. Together with the other wives they formed the Astronaut Wives Club, meeting regularly to provide support and friendship. Many became next-door neighbors and helped to raise each other's children by day, while going to glam parties at night as the country raced to land a man on the Moon.

As their celebrity rose-and as divorce and tragic death began to touch their lives-they continued to rally together, and the wives have now been friends for more than fifty years. THE ASTRONAUT WIVES CLUB tells the real story of the women who stood beside some of the biggest heroes in American history. - See more at: http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/lily-koppel/the-astronaut-wives-club/9781619696457/#desc
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.

Annie Glenn, with her picture-perfect marriage, was the envy of the other wives; platinum-blonde Rene Carpenter was proclaimed JFK's favorite; and licensed pilot Trudy Cooper arrived on base with a secret. Together with the other wives they formed the Astronaut Wives Club, meeting regularly to provide support and friendship. Many became next-door neighbors and helped to raise each other's children by day, while going to glam parties at night as the country raced to land a man on the Moon.

As their celebrity rose-and as divorce and tragic death began to touch their lives-they continued to rally together, and the wives have now been friends for more than fifty years. THE ASTRONAUT WIVES CLUB tells the real story of the women who stood beside some of the biggest heroes in American history.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Lily Koppel is the bestselling author of The Red Leather Diary: Reclaiming a Life Through the Pages of a Lost Journal (Harper, 2008). She has written for the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, the New York Times Book Review, the Huffington Post, and Glamour - See more at: http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/lily-koppel/the-astronaut-wives-club/9781619696457/#desc
Lily Koppel is the bestselling author of The Red Leather Diary: Reclaiming a Life Through the Pages of a Lost Journal (Harper, 2008). She has written for the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, the New York Times Book Review, the Huffington Post, and Glamour.
 
PRAISE FOR THE ASTRONAUT WIVES CLUB:
"The men catapulted into space in the 20th century were interesting, sort of. The women they left back on earth were fascinating. . . . A lively account of how the wives coped with fame, fear, [and] loneliness."--People (A "Great Summer Read" selection)

"This is one of those light, tasty summer reads you'll guzzle down like a milk shake."
--Entertainment Weekly

"Breezy and entertaining. . . [Koppel] deserves credit for recognizing the richness of the subject matter. More than 50 years after its inception, many of us now take the space program for granted, but Koppel reminds readers just how bold and innovative it felt in the Sputnik era, and how mysterious the wilderness of space remains. . . Koppel is chronicling a cultural moment more than any particular person, and in this she excels. The details are superb, from the ham loaves the women cooked to the Virginia Slims they chain-smoked, the fur hot pants and the Pucci dresses they wore, the luaus and shrimp-boil parties they threw, and the Mercury-capsule-shaped community swimming pool they shared."
--Curtis Sittenfeld, Washington Post

"A remarkable story of perseverance and friendship in a time when women had few rights."
--The Daily Beast (A "Hot Read" selection)

"A fair and accomplished reporter. . . . Lily Koppel offers a grounded, irresistible and sociable social history. . . . Koppel's book deftly delivers The Wife Stuff. . . . Koppel does an excellent job of capturing a group portrait with enough highlights, low points, sunny spots and shadows for individual features to emerge. . . . The Astronaut Wives Club is wholly and consistently in Koppel's voice: smart, evocative, informed and warm-an electric fireside chat with the women who put men on the moon."
--Chicago Tribune

"[A] true (juicy) story. Gotta love non-fiction that feels like a beach read: Lily Koppel's The Astronaut Wives Club chronicles the wives of 1960s astronauts. . . . Put down that mystery and pick up some history!"
--Redbook

"[A] fascinating, behind-the-scenes look at the lives of the women married to the astronauts...Impressive."
--The Dallas Morning News

"[An] entertaining and quirky throwback...This is truly a great snapshot of the times."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Mad Men fans and history buffs alike won't want to miss a new book about . . . the lives of the astronauts' wives. . . . . We meet the Mercury Seven women in the first chapter of The Astronaut Wives Club, and author Lily Koppel does a nice job of staying close to their stories. By the time you see the women's faces in the pictures, you'll feel like you're a member of the gang. . . . It's hard to believe no one has already written their story, and this reader is glad Koppel finally did."
--BookPage (A "Nonfiction Top Pick")

"If you thought the only heroes in the history of NASA were its astronauts; if you thought the all-American family regularly seen in the pages of Life magazine was the full story of those astronauts' private lives; and if you've ever dreamed of supersonic romance, dinners at the Kennedy White House, through-the-roof beehives, a group of friends and neighbors going through this crazy time with you, and a celebrity hero husband who is the most admired man in the nation (yet, could die at any minute) ...  then you're ready to sign up for Lily Koppel's thrilling, magical, nostalgic, and eye-opening Atlas rocket of a read, The Astronaut Wives Club."
--Craig Nelson, bestselling author of Rocket Men and The Age of Radiance

MY THOUGHTS/REVIEW:
Ah, baby sitting a grandson for a week before leaving myself on a trip does not give me much time. I hope to review this book later on but do want to give it my personal recommendation as I like it a lot and it was  really a good one to listen to....very relaxing whenever I could find a few moments for it. Hope you like it as well! 
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debbie said...

I would like to hear about what goes on with the lives of the wives and families of the astronauts.
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Margay Roberge said...

I've always been really interested in this time period and anything to do with the space program back then, especially since seeing Apollo 13 in the theater. still one of my favorite movies!

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Patricia said...

I love that the women have been friends for more than fifty years. And I really want to read about their tea with Jackie.

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Carol N Wong said...

I want to listen to this book so much for several reasons. I was in junior high when the astronauts started to go up in space. The PA system would come on when we at school and we listened to the monitoring of the space flights. It was so exciting. We knew all of the astrocnauts names then. One of them was from Indiana, Gus Grissom. We were all so proud of him.


Also, I met one of the women who worked for NASA in those pioneering days. She did mathematical computations for them. She told me that all of NASA seemed like one big family.


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Linda Kish said...

Since we grew up with the space program and the astronauts, it would be interesting to find out about how their wives fared. An astronauts' wives club sounds kinda fun actually.

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I thought it was interesting that the writer touched on their fears and feeling of lonliness. I would like to read more about this.

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