The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel
A True Story

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6 Critic Reviews

Koppel’s book, which is reminiscent of the non-fiction prose of Norman Mailer in his The Executioner’s Song and Oswald’s Tale mode, loses narrative intensity...
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<!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]--> Read the bestselling book that inspired the ABC television series.



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; JFK made it clear that platinum-blonde Rene Carpenter was his favorite; and licensed pilot Trudy Cooper arrived with a secret that needed to stay hidden from NASA. Together with the other wives they formed the Astronaut Wives Club, providing one another with support and friendship, coffee and cocktails.

As their celebrity rose-and as divorce and tragedy began to touch their lives-the wives continued to rally together, forming bonds that would withstand the test of time, and they have stayed friends for over half a century. THE ASTRONAUT WIVES CLUB tells the story of the women who stood beside some of the biggest heroes in American history.
 

About Lily Koppel

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Lily Koppel is the bestselling author of The Red Leather Diary. She has written for The New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, Huffington Post, and Glamour.
 
Published June 11, 2013 by Grand Central Publishing. 322 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, War, Science & Math, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction
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NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by Eric Benson on Jul 19 2013

Imagine a book-length exploration of Jane Conrad’s feelings of anxiety and helplessness, devotion and dread, and you’ll get a sense of Lily Koppel’s latest work of nonfiction...

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Apr 08 2013

In this entertaining and quirky throwback, journalist Koppel...revisits the ladies who cheered and bolstered their men to victory in the U.S. space program...

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Kirkus

Good
on Apr 17 2013

...they enjoyed the perks that came with celebrity...Insightful social history with a light touch.

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National Post arts

Below average
Reviewed by Philip Marchand on Jul 05 2013

Koppel’s book, which is reminiscent of the non-fiction prose of Norman Mailer in his The Executioner’s Song and Oswald’s Tale mode, loses narrative intensity...

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Pam Norfolk on Apr 11 2014

Lily Koppel charts the rise of their celebrity...in an authoritative, revealing and entertaining account.,,Koppel’s colourful book follows their amazing journey in a story that is sexy, sophisticated and rich in melodrama and reminds us that if not for the women who supported their brave husbands, man might never have walked on the Moon.

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National Post arts

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Reviewed by Philip Marchand on Jul 05 2013

...loses narrative intensity at this point as well. Good material remains, such as the relationship of troubled astronaut Buzz Aldrin with his long-suffering wife, but it feels mostly like a postscript to the main drama of the first seven astronauts and their wives.

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