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The Astronaut Wives Club: A True Story | [Lily Koppel]

The Astronaut Wives Club: A True Story

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. Together with the other wives they formed the Astronaut Wives Club, meeting regularly to provide support and friendship. 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.
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Publisher's Summary

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 the country raced to land a man on the Moon.

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 story of the women who stood beside some of the biggest heroes in American history.

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©2013 Lily Koppel (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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    KJ Wisconsin USA 07-17-15
    KJ Wisconsin USA 07-17-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Another side of the astronaut story"

    I really liked this book. I love stories about the Mercury/Gemini/Apollo astronauts and anything about the 50s and 60s. This book tells the story of the wives and their experiences and I think it was a great perspective. Some of the revelations are unexpected but not surprising if you think about it. I liked the narrator for the most part. Her voice was good for the subject matter. Great listen!

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    Linda 07-17-15
    Linda 07-17-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Tremendous!"

    A side of the space story I didn't know anything about before. Entertainingly written.
    Excellent performance by narrator.

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    Alyssa Haley 06-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome"

    Very interesting. Nice historical lesson and very funny. Ladies are definitely characters. Make you wish we had known them

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    Andrea E 05-07-15
    Andrea E 05-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book"

    A slow read, but a great look inside the daily lives of the astronauts wives. They were the celebrities of the 60s!

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    Erica L. 01-02-15
    Erica L. 01-02-15
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    "Beautifully written"

    I'm so very happy that this book is being made into a series, we are looking forward to it! Lovely writing from the perspective of women in the space era!

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    Teresa Ipswich, MA, United States 07-21-14
    Teresa Ipswich, MA, United States 07-21-14
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    "Need photos to keep things straight"
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    This is another book where photos might have helped to keep things straight. If you did not grow up in this era or studied the astronaut program you might be a little lost. Loved hearing about it from the wives perspective. I have seen the documentary but was unable to locate it to re-watch it

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    Lisa Pottstown, PA, United States 08-07-13
    Lisa Pottstown, PA, United States 08-07-13 Member Since 2013
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    "History at its best...."
    Would you listen to The Astronaut Wives Club again? Why?

    Yes. It was a book that the ending took me by surprise so I would go back and listen again. Also there were so many characters that it was hard keeping them straight.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Astronaut Wives Club?

    Really learning what it was like for thm back in the late 50's and 60's. Most of this is not taught in school and I found seeing it through the womens eyes was fasinating.


    Which character – as performed by Orlagh Cassidy – was your favorite?

    Each character was wonderful but I think Rene was the best. she really showed that just because you were a famous astro wife you could alos fulfill your professional needs as well.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Life as an Astro wife..


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    Amazon Customer 08-02-13
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    "Missed the mark"
    Would you try another book from Lily Koppel and/or Orlagh Cassidy?

    No...


    Would you recommend The Astronaut Wives Club to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. It is short on narrative and long on trite details. It is gossipy in tone..both written and narration.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    YES! The tone became sarcastic when passages were describing the husband's behaviors...much as though a group of unhappy women were sharing their husband's miss-deeds. Very unpleasant to listen to.


    Do you think The Astronaut Wives Club needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It needs a completely new book with more factual information from the wives...more integration into the history of the times.


    Any additional comments?

    I am only 8 chapters into it, and I am already cringing when I hear the narrator quote Kennedy or launch into a male voice. I have not paid much attention to critiques re narration before, but wish I had before purchasing this.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    J.A. Salt Lake City, UT, United States 11-22-13
    J.A. Salt Lake City, UT, United States 11-22-13
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    "A Look Inside the Fishbowl"

    I have always been a fan of the space program and the stories behind how those great men put themselves on top of a "bomb" and said "Light it up!" However, all we knew about the wives was that they were always smiling, always supportive, and nothing could get them down. Thanks heavens for this book. Guess what? They were human beings. They had their own dreams and goals and lives that we knew nothing about.

    I enjoyed this audiobook very much. I loved hearing from their points of view how things did and did not work in both the NASA family and their immediate families. I respected the choices that were made by all the women, whether or not I agreed with them, and I am better for this glimpse into the world of women who were strong, if not stronger, than their husbands because they really had no choice. Well done.

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    DR READFIELD, ME, United States 11-04-13
    DR READFIELD, ME, United States 11-04-13 Member Since 2008
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    "awful reader"
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    The reader should have learned how to pronounce the astronaut's names. This was basic.


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