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Endurance
Endurance: My Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery | Scott Kelly
A stunning memoir from the astronaut who spent a record-breaking year aboard the International Space Station--a candid account of his remarkable voyage, of the journeys off the planet that preceded it, and of his colorful formative years. The veteran of four space flights and the American record holder for consecutive days spent in space, Scott Kelly has experienced things very few have. Now, he takes us inside a sphere utterly inimical to human life. He describes navigating the extreme challenge of long-term spaceflight, both existential and banal: the devastating effects on the body; the isolation from everyone he loves and the comforts of Earth; the pressures of constant close cohabitation; the catastrophic risks of depressurization or colliding with space junk, and the still more haunting threat of being unable to help should tragedy strike at home--an agonizing situation Kelly faced when, on another mission, his twin brother's wife, Gabrielle Giffords, was shot while he still had two months in space. Kelly's humanity, compassion, humor, and passion resonate throughout, as he recalls his rough-and-tumble New Jersey childhood and the youthful inspiration that sparked his astounding career, and as he makes clear his belief that Mars will be the next, ultimately challenging step in American spaceflight. A natural storyteller and modern-day hero, Kelly has a message of hope for the future that will inspire for generations to come. Here, in his personal story, we see the triumph of the human imagination, the strength of the human will, and the boundless wonder of the galaxy.
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Rj6578
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This was a great book. I liked the back and forth with how he got to be an astronaut along with his actual year in space. I can‘t imagine what it would feel like to be isolated for that long. His story should be read by anyone interested in space or how to push yourself to reach a goal.

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Amiable
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A memoir by Astronaut Scott Kelly about his year in the International Space Station. He also writes about his childhood and his years of training to become an engineer and a Navy fighter pilot before being selected as an astronaut – along with his identical twin brother Mark. A great read.

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Amiable
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COMPLETED for #NFNov ... “A Year in Space,” a documentary about NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and his yearlong mission in Earth‘s orbit as part of a biomedical research project to see if humans have the endurance to survive a flight to Mars. Kelly‘s identical twin brother Mark remained on Earth as comparison.

#TIL: a rocket launch site must meet 2 criteria: a remote location away from populated areas and close to the equator.
@Clwojick @rsteve388

Clwojick 9 pt 2mo
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Lifeisasnap
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Floating amongst the stars for a year, this is the story of Astronaut Scott Kelly. I have been looking forward to reading this book.

Thank you BookishFirst and Alfred A. Knopf for sending me this book. I‘m out of this world excited to read this.
Blasting off into Mr. Kelly‘s orbit; see you when I land. #nfnov #nonfictionnovember

Deifio He's the one with the twin brother, right? I read Chris Hadfields book and enjoyed it lots, I might need to pick up this aswell. Let me know how you like it! 😘 2mo
Lifeisasnap @Deifio yes. His brother, Mark is also an astronaut whom is married to former U.S. House Rep. Gabby Giffords who was shot in 2007 Tuscan, Arizona shooting. It‘s a really good book. 2mo
Clwojick 1pt! 2mo
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goodbyefrancie
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Listening to the tagged audio and trying to not disturb Lucy. Cats have it made.

#NeverDisturbTheKitty
#QueenLucytheValiant
#CatsofLitsy
#ShesInMySpot

Sace She looks so cozy 😊😻 4mo
Leftcoastzen I wanna be my cat or your cat!😂😻 4mo
Bookwomble That looks like a great reading space ❤📖 4mo
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Julsmarshall What a cozy spot! 4mo
GingerAntics Right? Oh to be a cat!!! I feel like life would be so much more simple. 4mo
Crazeedi I always said I'd want to come back as my house cat, lol 4mo
Tamra Agreed! 4mo
goodbyefrancie @Bookwomble It's my favorite spot in the house. Apparently Lucy agrees. 😻 4mo
BarbaraJean Awwww, sweet kitty! I used to have a calico named Lucy. 😻 4mo
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taraWritesSci
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I chose the audiobook version read by the author, and I highly recommend it because Kelly has a great reading voice. Also, the emotion that comes through seems that much more genuine. The humor and sarcasm comes through so well, and there's nothing better than hearing the f bomb or "oh shit" at critical moments in the story.

The achievements of our heroes are possible only through the efforts of entire communities of people working together.

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Bookish2
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Got to listen to him speak last night. My daughter loved it, she had to have all the books 😍📚🐉

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AnansiGirl
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Newly checked out ebook through Overdrive/Libby app. I‘m going to say Scott Kelly's memoir would be one extraordinary travel experience.

#nonfiction2019 #somethingwithtravel @Riveted_Reader_Melissa

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Definitely Extra Ordinary! And dare I say, out if this 🌍! 12mo
AnansiGirl @Riveted_Reader_Melissa you read my mind. I was just thinking about editing “out of this world” into my caption. 👩‍🚀 12mo
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Rachel.Rencher
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I don't know if I've ever read a book before that made me turn to Lucas and say, "Did you know?" so many times.

My main takeaways from this book are:
1. Being in space sounds a lot like having the drunk spins.
2. It's amazing how seemingly insignificant moments changed the course of Scott Kelly's life.
3. I'm so glad I have a spouse that I want to spend time with, not one that I'd rather be in space than be in their presence.

Mitch Fab picture! 13mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Sounds great! 13mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa And yes, great picture! 13mo
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AmyG #1 makes me queasy. Good I am not an astronaut. 13mo
Lucas.Rencher I love the picture! Also it was adorable every time you leaned over and were like did you know and enlightened me with your knowledge! 😀 13mo
Freespirit How lovely to share your love of books with your hubby😃 13mo
AmandaEve I‘m halfway through this one! I rarely annotate my books, but I just felt like I had too many things I wanted to remember. I‘ve been taking my time on this one! 🤓 13mo
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Rachel.Rencher
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I opened the front cover and found out the book is signed! 😍 I've gotten a few books off Thrift Books that I didn't know were signed, and it never stops being exciting.

scowler1 Written by a hand that's actually been in Space! Love it. 13mo
Lucas.Rencher So cool 👽 13mo
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Rachel.Rencher
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I remember following Scott Kelly's Instagram when he was up in space, and I was so excited when he published his memoir. I'm going to fit in a few pages while dinner cooks, and cross "Book set in space" off my Pop Sugar challenge list. ??

kstadt929 One of my favorites!!! He also had a special on tv about a year in space that was made into a dvd AND he has a photo book about his year there 13mo
Rachel.Rencher @kstadt929 Ooh I didn't know that! Thanks 😍 13mo
kstadt929 @Rachel.Rencher No problem! I hope you enjoy - I was so amazed watching the program! It is a PBS show called A Year in Space and Beyond a Year in Space (it aired on tv as 2 separate programs) 13mo
Lucas.Rencher I loved his pictures from the ISS! 13mo
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a.bookish.byrd
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What!? It‘s Wednesday already!
#humpdaypost
1) Best surprise Birthday trip! Playing around on The Pioneer Woman‘s frontier.

2) Reading goals so far: 100 books #nonfiction2019 #LitsyAtoZ

3) Best & Worst thing was the same event. A new baby grandson but he has a CHD. He will be okay, though ❤️. (Our kids lost a baby a few years ago from HLHS...sorry for all the acronyms and the downer info.)

4) No resolutions yet :)

5) ^^^book tagged

julesG ❤️ 13mo
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anagarciuhh
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Just started reading Endurance (currently on chapter 6) and I have to say, although I do like the way it‘s written (jumps back and forth to present and past, chapter to chapter) I wish he explained certain things better. If you don‘t already know certain terms, such as cosmonaut, or just history of space travel and such, you have to constantly keep using google, so a dictionary at the back would be useful, at least it would be for me.

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AmandaEve
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1. Helped my mom set up her Christmas tree and village 🎄
2. No, staying in town with my parents.
3. I‘m off the week after Thanksgiving! Looking forward to relaxing, Christmas shopping, & reading!
4. My leggings
5. Memoir of astronaut Scott Kelly. He has spent more than 500 days in space (most consecutive time period of 11 months). I love anything space-related. I find it so fascinating! 👍🏽👨🏼‍🚀⭐️
#humpdaypost @MinDea

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wen4blu
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Current audiobook....the little asides about odd things floating inside the space station are my favorite parts.

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Morr_Books
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Got to see Astronaut Scott Kelly in the Texas State Capitol. He is fantastic! #txbookfest

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kstadt929
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Congrats on the milestone @LaurenReads and thank you for the opportunity to enter your #hundredgrand giveaway!

I don‘t read many nonfiction books, but my absolute favorite nonfiction book, without a doubt, is the tagged book Endurance by Scott Kelly. He spent a year in space and it is an amazing story of his journey preparing, being away from family that long, things he experienced in space, etc. I learned so much and could not put it down!

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AmyAgentBor
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Knowing almost nothing about the space program and astronauts in general I found this book interesting. For instance I never thought about the fact that you can‘t shower in space. A year of taking wet wipe baths is craziness.

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JillRandi
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This is one of the best books I‘ve read on what it‘s like to go through military and astronaut training, to be a fighter pilot, and to live on the International Space Station. And I love how honest Scott Kelly is about his experiences! And he‘s funny too. Big thumbs up!

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goodbyefrancie
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JFK - Reckless Youth
Under the Influence
Nature Girl
Endurance (signed!) 😊

#Riotgrams
#June
@bookriot

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Wife
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I chose this off Scribed thinking I could listen to it while in the car with my grandson. Nope. Too many “F” bombs! I really don‘t have any interest in space exploration (except for the pretty pics sent from space), but am always interested in a memoir. The author read his words, which I appreciate. He shares personal info as well as his job experiences. So cool that the book, The Right Stuff, inspired him when he was an unmotivated student. 4/5⭐️

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BestDogDad
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This is an account of Scott‘s year-long mission on the ISS, interwoven with his life experiences leading up to his historic achievement.

One of Scott's final comments was an echo of the messages I've heard from other astronauts: from space the Earth appears to be an oasis in an infinite backdrop of stars and other galaxies, all too far to reach, so we humans need to get our act together and treat it as the special place it is. There is no plan B.

vivastory I saw him speak last December. Very inspiring! 2y
BestDogDad @vivastory That‘s cool! I‘m guessing he told some interesting stories. The book is full of them. 2y
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It would be horrible to become a satellite. Eventually you would burn up upon reentry as there is some drag in low earth orbit.

Aimeesue Odd how we take spacewalks almost for granted these days, and manage to forget about the dire consequences a tiny mistake can lead to. I got pretty freaked out reading Neal Stephenson's Seveneves last year. I could never be an astronaut! 2y
BestDogDad @Aimeesue Yes, me neither! Gene Cernan had a similar experience on one of the early NASA space walks - his suit became rigid and he barely got back in the capsule. What did you think of Seveneves? 2y
Aimeesue @BestDogDad Seveneves was great. I don‘t read a lot of hard sci-fi, but I do love me an apocalypse tale. It‘s really stuck with me, though, and I can‘t wait to read the next one, so it gets high marks from me. 2y
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BestDogDad
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Even the Cold War Soviets were in on the flat earth cover up?! Seriously, how many thousands and thousands of people would have in on the conspiracy, and not ONE has spilled the beans in decades?

Aimeesue 😧 2y
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BestDogDad
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Hot mic!

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BestDogDad
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Things are run differently at the Baikonur Cosmodrome than they are at the Kennedy Space Center.

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BestDogDad
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The cost of spending a year in space. Not to mention all the effects zero-G had on his body. Scott has a twin brother and part of his mission was to compare their genes, physiology, etc. after he returned from the ISS.

Suet624 Yikes. 10 X-rays a day. 2y
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DebinHawaii
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I kept not reading the print copy of this memoir so I'm glad I listened to the audiobook. Scott Kelly's life, career & especially his time in space are so interesting. The space stuff is just technical enough to fascinate without overwhelming & I enjoyed learning about the realities of life for an astronaut. Kelly narrated & while maybe not the best narrator-I liked hearing it in his voice. Honest, not perfect (who is?) but a true American hero.🚀

Crystalblu I was just looking at this one today wondering if I would enjoy it. 2y
DebinHawaii @Crystalblu I really enjoyed it. The fact that he spent almost a full year in space/at the space station fascinates me. 2y
Crystalblu Me too! 2y
heelsnglitter I never realized the depth of my fear of heights until I read this and kept experiencing vertigo from his descriptions. lol I ended up reading it two chapters at a time, but it was totally worth it! 2y
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JosieG
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I started following Scott Kelly on Facebook while he was still on the ISS, and his posts were always a favorite. His book is now a favorite too. I have never been especially interested in space or ever really wanted to be an astronaut, but reading about his experiences was like living them through him, and it was exciting. I learned A LOT that I never knew before, which is awesome.

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JosieG
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I came downstairs to charge my Kindle, and Ella followed me... apparently to snuggle on my feet ❤ I leave for a job interview in an hour, so she's a very calming presence this morning. 😊

CocoReads Good luck! 2y
JoScho Lots of luck ❤️ 2y
rubyslippersreads Good luck! 🍀🍀🍀 2y
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ofclumsywords Good luck!!! 2y
CouronneDhiver You‘ve got this! 💪🏽 2y
Branwen Good luck! 😀 2y
JosieG @Branwen Thank you! 😍 2y
DivineDiana Best wishes! 👍🏻 2y
mabell Good luck! 2y
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JosieG

It drives me nuts that our food specialists insist on giving us the same number of chocolate, vanilla, and butterscotch puddings, when the laws of physics dictate chocolate will disappear much faster. No one gets a vanilla craving in space (or on Earth).

mabell Chocolate will always disappear faster! It's physics! 😂 2y
JosieG @mabell I love that we can blame it on physics 😂 2y
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Mehso-so

Fascinating look at an astronaut's life and what it took to face a year in space. I just wish the audiobook had been narrated by someone other than Kelly, he's not super engaging, unfortunately. Still, glad a read it! Loved the stuff about life on the ISS, also Kelly's perspective is perfect for this as he speaks about international antagonism and collaboration (from a military career to NASA) and how only one of these is effective.

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annalibris
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LOVED this. A fascinating man with a fascinating career, and experiences like no one has ever had before or will again. Well written, exciting, and detailed, without being dull. Highly recommended.

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Shaunesay
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I was very excited to see Scott Kelly speak on his book tour. This is a great account of Kelly's time in space and his life from unmotivated daredevil child to determined to make his dream of being an astronaut a reality. I definitely recommend it!

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Jennb31
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Loved hearing Kelly‘s perspective on a year in space, away from family and the comforts of home. As I reflect on my own situation I find myself feeling grateful that at least I‘m not quite so far away.

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bookandcat
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rubyslippersreads Peekaboo! 😻 2y
BookBabe 😻😻😻 So cute!! ❤️ 2y
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Jas16
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Not a book I would usually be drawn to but I loved this informative and personal memoir. I was riveted from the first moment on. This book is not overly technical or science heavy but is still full of fascinating tidbits about life in space. The story about his path towards becoming an astronaut was equally interesting and I liked his reflections about how he balances being away for such long periods of time and his role as a father and partner.

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BookFreakOut
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One of my fave pics from the photo sections! This memoir combines heart & humor to show how a bottom of the class student eventually spent a year on the space station. Would recommend to teachers to show that no student is unreachable, even if it takes until college to figure things out. Enough science to please those that want it, but not too technical for a casual reader. Plus a tiny story about enemas, a must for any astronaut memoir! 😄

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Jen2
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Good story

TNbookworm I loved this book, so very interesting. I follow the ISS on Instagram so now when I see pics of the station I can reference Scott Kelly. 2y
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dsfisher
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Very excited as there was a package when we took Pilot for a walk. #muglove
Thank you @callielafleur
@TheKidUpstairs

callielafleur Yay! Glad it made it to you, hope it's still in one piece! 🤞 2y
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michiganvol
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Ridiculously early flight home to the frigid cold means caffeine, slippers, and a good book. Still have 50 or so pages left, but I highly recommend to any other space nerds out there 💫🤓 wish he got a bit more technical, but I'm really enjoying his story.

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Floresj
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I didn't want this book to end. I loved every minute of learning about the ISS, the collaboration of international space agencies, Kelly's life, and how he just works his ass off on any given day. I'll never think about NASA, test pilots, astronauts/cosmonauts, space walks, and the ISS in the same way.

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ssravp
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Probably one of my favorite space related books. (Side note, I love how much he looks like Phil Collins in this picture 😂)

MCYmermaid And how much he looks like Mark Kelly. 👨‍🚀 2y
ssravp @MCYmermaid Well, they are identical twins after all. 😀 👨🏻‍🚀👨🏻‍🚀 2y
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Bibliotaph_and_tsundoku
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Amazing book so far! Bru loves it too! 😻

HotMessJess I was your age the first time I read Endurance, too! My best friend and I were in the same English class and read it together. Our teacher sorted us into teams for projects that involved the book and we still remember it. 2y
HotMessJess Alright, just realized this was the wrong Endurance and feel like a doofus. 2y
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Bookboss
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Joy: When you give someone a book for Christmas and he is already halfway through the next day.

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BookFreakOut
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I won‘t pretend to understand the mindset required to be an astronaut, but personally, I‘m with “Scorch.” I‘d be the space janitor, the space plumber, the space whatever it took to get me into space!

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I‘m with you on that one! 2y
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DebinHawaii
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Day 12 #SeasonsReadings2017 #Extraordinary 🚀 My hold for this audiobook came in today and I am excited to listen to it. I have always found astronauts and space travel extraordinary and I saw Scott Kelly interviewed on a few different talk shows. I also DVR'd two PBS specials about him last month. Looking forward to getting my space geek on soon! 👨🏻‍🚀🚀👍

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jesseastin
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I‘m getting ready to wrap one of the book gifts for my nonfiction/history/air and space loving husband. I know this one got good reviews and it seems interesting. Has anyone read it? Have I chosen wisely?

carys14 I have heard good things about this one! 2y
BookFreakOut I‘m 2/3 of the way through this and it is very good! Smart without being technical, and a good mix of heart and humor. I got it for my dad for Christmas, who has interests very similar to your husband! 2y
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CaitZ
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I've always been a space geek, so I really loved this fascinating look at daily life aboard the Space Station. #LitsyAtoZ #LetterE @BookishMarginalia