The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel

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I enjoyed listening to the women’s perspective of the Space Race and early days of NASA. This is the entertaining story of the wives of the heroes of the Mercury missions through the Apollo moon walks. These mostly military wives were transformed overnight into American celebrities. Pressured to conform to an ideal of “perfect American housewife,” these very human women had to deal with stresses of intense media attention - two families even went so far as to build their dream homes with no front windows.  With husbands gone for long stretches, the ever present possibility that they could be widowed at any time, and without any official support for their roles, they formed a close-knit band of friends that endured the tragedies and triumphs of their unique position in history. The audiobook reader has a pleasant voice and does a nice job with the accents.  The narrative and anecdotal stories of these strong women acting “happy, proud and thrilled” for the media, while hiding various secrets (such as a previous divorce, a pronounced stutter, or a genuine desire to drive their husbands’ Corvettes) brings them to life and gave me a richer, more sympathetic understanding of this fascinating time in American history. Check Our Catalog

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