I just finished this one! I really enjoyed the story. I felt like this was a great book in conjunction with reading my #NWC book of “Hidden Figures“. Thank you @AsYouWish for the recommendation! Also I am going to be able to use this book for several of my bingo prompts. I am counting it this as a “bookish book club rec“ because you recommended this to me and we are in a book club :)
#bookishbingo #AprilBingo #Challenge
I am almost done with this book. I have so many thoughts/frustrations/concerns. I hate that the media invaded into these women's lives but then it seems like some of them were okay with it and liked the glamorous part of it. I would be so scared for my husband wouldn't want a camera shoved into my face (only till after he made it safely back home).
Going to start this one very soon (sometime this week) :)
Thank you @AsYouWish for the recommendation
This was very disappointing. The only reason I finished it was due to it being a book club read. This fascinating history reads like a bad rambling tabloid story. It is unfocused, disjointed and unfair to its subjects. While meaning to show strength of these women, instead it frequently shows them as sad, vapid and selfish creatures. I want to find a better written story of these women. #biography
My eyes are tired from rolling in exasperation. There's so much potential in this subject, and it's so squandered. There's little coherency to the capricious narrative, glaring omissions and errors (e.g., Apollo 8 orbiting the moon for “20 hours from late Christmas Eve to early Christmas Day,“ no mention of Valerie Anders or of Apollos 10, 15, or 16), and far too much cutesy language. Sadly, the best insights were in the epilogue.
This was a well researched book written as if it was written by that early astronaut wives type. Lots of facts and some stilted language. I usually love this type of non fiction, but this didn‘t have a huge personality. Still worthy of a read if you‘re interested in the early days of the astronaut program and how weird it all was.
Day 2 of #tarottakeover This book definitely reminds me of the World because it is about the wives of the men who were the to go into space. The woman were left on Earth to deal with everyday life and the craziness that the space program brought into their lives.
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I was so excited to read this one, about the wives of the first US astronauts. The glitz and glamour of a “Mad Men” type era—I was all over it! Unfortunately, it didn‘t have the narrative feel I was hoping for, and instead I found it very biographical and dry.
Good morning! I let myself sleep in, but I‘m back at it now! These are the books I‘m hoping to get through today-I‘m a 1/3 into Meddling Kids and 1/2 way through Sula already. I‘m currently listening to the tagged book on audio while I catch up of laundry and coffee.
It is really fitting that as I finish up my time in #deweysreadathon that I finish a book that ends with the Moon focused space programs ending. I have a fascination with this topic, which I‘m sure lends to my enjoyment of this book. It was neat to learn the stories from the perspectives of the wives, and there were still things mentioned that were not in the tv series. Fun read!
1) I‘m reading in Ohio
2) Most looking forward to The Astronaut Wives Club
3) Looking forward to a snack of homemade cheesy popcorn
4) Besides reading, I love to crochet and play the piano and explore new adventures
5) This is my 1st readathon, so I‘m looking forward to seeing how much I can read and perhaps take pledges next time to raise money for #AlexsLemonadeStandFoundation
I love the romance of the space race! I've read The Lost Moon by Jim Lovell twice. The story of the the wives of the astronauts had, astonishingly, never been told prior to this. One of the things I learned through this book is that only the marriages of the Apollo 8 astronauts managed to survive. The stress that these women were under was hardly less than the stress their husbands were under.
Very little new information in this book and poorly written. The story telling doesn't flow-
It's very choppy and changes flights/wives at the drop of a hat. She spread herself thin over so many flights and families that you can't keep track of which wife she is writing about and some flights she just skims right over. There are too many good books about the space program to waste your time on this one.
If you lived through these days, especially, this is a book worth reading! And it's cheap right now for the ebook!
This was certainly more US Weekly than intense history. It was interesting but I found it more depressing with the constant infidelity than inspiring. That could have been more of a reflection of my mood during a challenging week than a fair assessment of the book. I would like to read a more substantial book about these women.
The astronauts of the 60s & early 70s were big-time celebrities, and as a result, their wives were in the spotlight also. Reporters camped out on their front lawns. So some had houses built with no front windows. Most of their marriages suffered and ended in divorce. This is not tabloid-style writing, but thought-provoking about what it meant to have to be "perfect wives" in the public eye. Cover is from LIFE mag of the Mercury Seven wives.
For today's #AugustOfPages the prompt is favorite #bookishsquad...and I was debating earlier - do I go the obvious route and choose the Golden Trio from HP or the Company from LOtR...I LOVE those squads, don't get me wrong but...these ladies are something else! (Accompanied by Captain Hook!)
I was on an astronaut reading kick (sparked by re-watching Apollo 13 - great flic BTW) so pounced on this book. The wives' stories were bizarre and fascinating, but the book tried to spread itself too thin. A tighter focus on fewer (the most interesting) women would have given the story more depth.