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Publisher's Note:

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 t…

The Astronaut Wives Club

by Lily Koppel

Overall Book Review:

This book is a fun non-fiction read that may appeal to men and women alike. It focuses on the wives of the original astronauts, but there is also a lot of interesting information about the first space missions and what family life was (or wasn’t) like. As you can probably imagine, astronaut families are much like army families. When duty calls, everything is dropped, and work is attended to. This can cause a lot of stress on the whole family, and often the wives are left home to care for their children and other matters. Astronaut wives were, and I would think still are, a form of hybrid that becomes more than just a mother and housewife, but also a stand-in father and head of the house.

This book was a little slow at times, but for the most part it held my interest and was a delightful read. I have never thought much about what it must have been like back in the days of exploring our universe and moon, but this story is one that describes the fears and joys of every day in great detail.

Content Analysis:

Language/Profanity: 16 mild obscenities; 2 religious profanities; 2 scatological terms; 1 anatomical term.

Violence/Gore:  An astronaut crashes and dies as he is leaving for outerspace; a young boy dies suddenly from an illness; a person considers suicide.

Sex/Nudity:  Men are frequently mentioned to be suspected of cheating on their wives; men refer to exotic women greeting them in foreign locations.

Mature Subject Matter:

Death; loss of a parent.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

Adults often drink champagne to celebrate; wine and beer is drunk quite often; women and men smoke; a woman considers taking prescription pills to commit suicide.

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About the Reviewer

My mother was the one who sparked my love of books. Long before school instruction, she sat me down and taught me to read. My childhood was filled with trips to the library and bookmobile to find great books. My first loves were The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Pippi Longstocking series by Astrid Lingren. Now as a mom and speech pathologist, I am constantly looking for good, clean books to use at home and in therapy. I enjoy reading many different genres, but my favorites are usually historical fiction. I married my best friend, the “boy next door”, and we have a beautiful little girl who we often find sprawled out on the floor, flipping through picture books. Together our family likes to swim, run and play tennis. Besides reading, I also love to bake, garden and travel.