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The astronaut wives club : a true story
2013
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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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Koppel offers a revealing glimpse into the lives of the women behind the spacemen from Project Mercury, of the Kennedy years, to the two-man Gemini missions and finally the Apollo program. Beginning with the announcement in 1959 of the seven Mercury astronauts, Koppel paints chatty, personal portraits of each woman as she adjusts to dramatic changes: one day she's living the life of an ordinary military wife; the next she's married to a major celebrity. The wives were closely monitored by NASA and expected to be perfect, right down to what they wore and what food they served their husbands. They needed a support group, so the Astronaut Wives Club came into being in 1966. Over the years, they worked together in myriad ways, from helping the wives whose husbands died in crashes or Apollo I's disastrous launch-pad fire to sleeping in the Lovell's living room while Jim Lovell was orbiting the moon on Christmas Eve 1968. The U.S. moon program ended in 1972 but many of these unique women still remain connected, friends now for more than 50 years.--Donovan, Deborah Copyright 2010 Booklist
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Table of Contents
The Astronaut Wivesp. ix
Authors Notep. xiii
1Introducing the Wivesp. 1
2Think Pinkp. 21
3The Cookiesp. 39
4Jackiep. 58
5Primly Stablep. 71
6Squaresvillep. 80
7Space City, U.S.A.p. 88
8The Galaxy Ballp. 110
9Togethersvillep. 123
10The Astro-Pageantp. 137
11The Lemonp. 153
12Women's Libp. 171
13Susiep. 188
14The Dark Side of the Moonp. 201
15The Giant Leapp. 221
16Everywomanp. 239
Epilogue: The Reunionp. 257
Acknowledgmentsp. 267
Photo Creditsp. 271
About the Authorp. 272
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