The Astronaut Wives Club

The Astronaut Wives Club

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Book - 2013
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"Bestselling author Lily Koppel reveals for the first time the stories and secrets of America's unsung heroes-the wives of our original astronauts"-- Provided by publisher.
"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 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 storyof the women who stood beside some of the biggest heroes in American history"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Pub., c2013
ISBN: 9781455503254
Branch Call Number: 629.45009 KOP
629 .45 KOP
Characteristics: xvi, 272 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm


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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. THE ASTRONAUT WIVES CLUB tells the real storyof the wome... Read More »

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JCLHeatherM Jun 08, 2016

A fascinating book from start to finish. A very fun summer read filled with intimate little details that go beyond the hype and history books. There are photographs and captions as well as a cast of characters (astronauts and astrowives) to keep the story organized. A definite reread and it passed the ultimate test because I bought the book and own it.

Mar 24, 2016

Fascinating inside look about the space program and the people involved. It obviously took a toll on the astronauts and their families--some were apparently made of "the right stuff", some not so much. Very interesting reading, especially as the focus is on the wives, who put up with a LOT.

RobinBartley Jul 28, 2015

Good read, easy. I definitely enjoyed the first half more. The first astronauts and their wives had interesting stories surrounding them. Later half of the book sort of drug along. I did actually learn a bit of history along the way!

Jun 07, 2015

Great summer reading, uncovers the lives of many unknown American heroines. With photographs inside the book, the reader can see the intimate details of the Astro-marriages and families: the competition, the drive to succeed and be first, the curiosity, and plenty of heartbreak. This book is so great that I ran out and got myself a copy to keep after reading it.

Feb 03, 2014

An interesting story, if a bit on the "People" magazine side-does effectively illustrate the lives of our astronauts and their wives; lots of scandalous stuff, not pornographic. Some parts are very sad, but there seemed to be a desire, if nothing more, between these wives to stick together through life experiences that few wives have. Gossipy more than anything.

Jan 03, 2014

The Astronaut Wives Club --- by Lily Koppel. I can’t believe I read the whole thing before my wife finished it. She spoiled it for me: she called it chick lit. But never mind. Think 1960s. Think JFK dedicates Americans to the moon before the decade’s end. Think about a different world from the oine we live in. Think no cell phones; no colour tv; no laptops; no a whole bunch of things wew take for granted today. Think ther arms race; think Black September holding the 1972 Olympians hostage; rthink women pregnant, barefoot and in the kitchen. And there you’ve got some of the context surrounding this book. It’s a about wives, expected to support their husbands, raise kids, bake cakes, and make nicely withn the press pounding at the doors of Americas newest ueber-heroes. Think about wives expecting to lose their husbands at any moment, living in a goldfish bowl with the world expecting them to be ueber-wives. A recipe for what? Kopopel writes a very interesting story that sheds light on the life of these i)fortunate, ii)stressed, iii)overwhelmed, iv)doted upon, v)neglected, vi)forgotten, vii)totally unprepared, viii)resiliant, ix)touch wives of the space race. An insight into the space race of the 60s and 70s; an insight into the role of the wife of the 60s and 70s.

Nov 20, 2013

I really enjoyed this one. It was a fascinating glimpse into the lives of the astronauts and their families. It had some photos, too, which was great. The writing style was lucid and easy to read. Just a fun read.

athompson10 Aug 27, 2013

Interesting story, but after the first- generation "Mercury" astronauts and wives, the storytelling gets blurrier, the characters less distinct, and the author seems to lose any narrative thread.

Aug 19, 2013

The story is fascinating, but the style in which it was told was just painful for me. Like it couldn't decide if it was a novel or a history book, and the result was just confusing and I never got to the point where I could remember all the meriad of people involved before even more were added.
If you're just looking for the history and some interesting little known facts, you'll get that here. If you're looking for 'story', it might be a bit disapointing.

Aug 02, 2013

This book made the space age really interesting for me since it focused on the astronaut's wives, thrust into the spotlight by their husbands' high profile and risky profession.

The history interspersed throughout (the Cold War, the Kennedys, etc.) paints a rich picture of the country and of women during a time of change (the 1960's).

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Jun 10, 2014

Growing up in the 60's and 70's, the astronauts and their wives were like American royalty. Reading about these men and their families was a real joy. these families were just like us and yet not. I enjoyed learning about the quirks, foibles, and faults of these peopleas well as knowing their heroic accomplishments.


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Jun 15, 2015

Every woman has her own identity - (Astronaut Wives' Club, pg 85)


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