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The Astronaut Wives Club: A True Storyby Lily Koppel
Synopses & Reviews
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 tragic death began to touch their lives — they continued to rally together, and 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 real story of the women who stood beside some of the biggest heroes in American history.
"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
"This is one of those light, tasty summer reads you'll guzzle down like a milk shake." Entertainment Weekly (grade: B+)
"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
About the Author
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.
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