I am a writer. And if you happen to know absolutely anything about writers, a good majority are also perpetual and voracious readers. When I am not in the middle of playing “catch-up” with my National Novel Writing Month project, I adore reading.
Just ask the Blue-eyed Babe. He got books for his birthday, just because, and any other occasion. I am the person who always has a book in their purse, backpack, and work locker. In all truth and honesty, I feel it only helps my writing when I am in writer mode. And what better way to improve then by reading?!
Anyways, I figured I should put my writing skill and obsessive reading habits to good use when I am not working on my latest book (more information coming soon!) or trying to finish my last semester of college.
The result? The Book Bug series. Bug is a long time nickname in my family and I felt if i was to begin the exciting step of reviewing and writing books, it would need a title. Hence, The Book Bug Series.
The first book I would kick off the series with is a historical fiction work by Lily Koppel titled The Astronaut Wives Club.
If you like TV shows such as Mad Men, or books based in the 1950’s, 1960’s, or 1970’s which are about housewives and life during that time, or in this work’s particular case, Astronaut wives, then I highly recommend picking up this book. I had personally bought it on a whim when the Blue-eyed Babe and I had randomly meandered into Barnes and Noble one afternoon.
Because I am an American History minor, and well… an all-around history geek, I couldn’t resist picking this book up. The time period covered within has to be one of my favorite eras in Modern American History.
But enough about me. Back to the Astronaut Wives Club. Koppel does an extraordinary job in taking each of the wives, *Spoiler Alert* she tends to cover one wife at a time, starting with the Mercury Seven wives and concluding with a get together several decades after the moon program ended in the early 1970’s.
One would think that the Astronauts were the heroes of the three decades in which the program was in effect, but in actuality, it was the women who stood behind their husbands as they traveled to unheard of distances beyond the Earth are the true heroines of this story. Koppel delves deep into each of the 30 Astronaut wives’ lives, sharing the good, bad, and sometimes ugly side of being the wives of one of the most dangerous professions at the time. Each woman handled the situations they experienced during their with grace, fear, disappointment, anger, joy, excitement, and a multitude of actions that made the Astronaut Wives some of the most watched women and families in the country.
From visits with JFK and Jackie, to hearing their husbands communicate with CAPCOM while walking on the moon, this book is definitely worth picking up and taking the time to read. I blew through it in a matter of days, swept up in the drama, sacrifice, love, and expectancy that these extraordinary women experienced.
I will note that this is a book to read if you plan on spending an afternoon on the beach or wanting a mindless read. While personally I enjoyed this book, it’s definitely not one to mull and ponder over.
Also, a side note, ABC turned this book into a TV series. It, so far, has closely followed the premise of the book. Check it out!