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The TV Show was Better
Being a child of the 60s/70s and remembering the space race, I enjoyed watching the TV show. I suspected that ABC had glamourized the story for TV and I would get more depth from the book. Ironically, it was just the opposite. There was more character development of the wives as people in the show. I cared about them in the show. The book is just a series of surface level anecdotes. There was not enough depth about any of the women for me to connect with them, and, as more and more were added to club, it became harder and harder to keep them straight. At times, the book felt more gossipy than respectful. I think there's a fascinating story in the lives of these women, but it's not in this book.
By Long legion
I found out so much interesting information about the space program and the area in which I live (cocoa beach FL). That being said, I agree with others that have said it bounced a little chronologically. The writing was ok but some of the timelines skipped back and forth making it a little confusing. All in ask, a really worthwhile read.
Astronaut Wives Club review
Sophomoric. Poor transitions that made the story telling practically incoherent. No bibliography (!) or footnotes. How does a fact based book get published without substantiation? Really, don't waste the time or money on this one.
the astronaut wives club
I remember the events with amazing clarity. The women were incredibly strong.
I wish that the author had gone into more depth on Apollo 13. How the astronauts and their wives survived this voyage is beyond me.
Not sorry I read it
Felt jumbled. Didn't flow well. Would have been better if the pictures had been placed in the book with their accompanying storyline. No story for many if the wives. Still, I know more about these women than I did before reading. And I'm glad.
The Astronaut Wives Club
By Diana MEP
The stories were interesting but I agree with others' comments about it being hard to follow who was with whom. Perhaps they should have put the pictures in with the chapters rather than at the end of the eBook. A nice read but not a page turner.
We've come a long way
A fascinating view into the lives and works of the American family. Is there such a thing as "typical?" These families, especially these extraordinary women, illustrate better than any text book or class how we have changed and grown, warts and all. Thank you, AWC, for being out there, leading the charge. You are beacons to all of us.
I purchased this book to read on a recent trip overseas and I absolutely loved it! Although it can be a little hard to follow at times, the book delves into a side of NASA and the Space Race that is often overlooked. As a NASA history enthusiast, I was very pleased with the facts and the way that the families were represented. Witty and fast-paced, the book will leave you longing to drive to Houston & talk with these fine ladies yourself! Highly recommended!!
I loved this.
It was a page turner. Fast read. Insightful & well researched.
Interesting insight into the wives
By Gone With The Wind Fan
I really enjoyed reading about this aspect of the astronauts' lives. The focus on the wives gives new insight into their feelings and fears. We've come a long way baby as women are no longer pushed aside and expected to just make their husbands look good. Take notes on matching wives and husbands because you just read little excerpts about them and then they reappear later and you forget who they are married to. There are lots of pictures at the end of the book but I didn't know it; otherwise, I would have looked at them as I was reading.