The Astronaut Wives Club

February 19, 2014 // Filed under Uncategorized

astronautWhen the United States initiated its space program, two things were certain; men would fly the spacecrafts and their wives back home would “be” the perfect spouses that an adoring public expected.  The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel tells the personal stories of the wives of the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo astronauts as these women formed a complicated bond of friendship and mutual support for over fifty years.  Library Journal notes that the author has created “an exceptional story that seriously examines the imperfection and humanity of America’s heroic astronauts, their wives, and their families,” and that the book “will hold vast appeal for armchair historians, and those interested in feminism, women’s history, and 20th-century history.”  The Astronaut Wives Club will be the subject of discussion by Memoirs & Coffee, a Bernardsville Library book group, on Tuesday, February 25, at 10:30 a.m. in the Community Room.  New members are encouraged to attend, and copies of the book are available at the circulation desk.

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