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This is the definitive biography of Sally Ride, America’s first woman in space, with exclusive insights from Ride’s family and partner, by the ABC reporter who covered NASA during its transformation from a test-pilot boys’ club to a more inclusive elite.

Sally Ride made history as the first American woman in space. A member of the first astronaut class to include women, NASA chose her for the seventh shuttle mission, inspiring several generations of women. After a second flight, Ride served on the panels investigating the Challenger explosion and the Columbia disintegration that killed all aboard. In both instances, she faulted NASA’s rush to meet mission deadlines and its organizational failures. She also co-founded a company promoting science and education for children, especially girls.

In Sally Ride: America’s First Woman in Space, Lynn Sherr writes about Ride’s scrupulously guarded personal life, with exclusive access to Ride’s partner, her former husband, her family, and countless friends and colleagues. This is a rich biography of a fascinating woman whose life intersected with revolutionary social and scientific changes in America. Sherr’s revealing portrait is warm and admiring but unsparing. It makes this extraordinarily talented and bold woman—an inspiration to millions—come alive.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Beautifully done…impossible to put down. Sherr draws us into a will and a passion more vast than outer space.”

    Patricia Cornwell, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Port Mortuary

  • “At first, Sally Ride’s chances of becoming America’s first woman astronaut did not seem promising. When, as a Stanford student, she applied for a spot in the US space program, her résumé joined more than 8,000 others on the pile. But as this definitive new biography by ABC NASA reporter Lynn Sherr demonstrates decisively, Ride was something special. When she was chosen for the seventh shuttle mission, she not only made history, she set an example for other young women breaking through. (P.S. This bio benefits from extensive interviews with Ride’s partner and family, and provides extensive information on her long, brave struggle against cancer.”

    Barnes&Noble.com, editorial review

  • “Sherr has done an impressive job of uncovering the pressures (and sometimes comical missteps) of NASA’s macho culture and its approach to the first class of women astronauts, the unparalleled commitment Ride brought to her job, and the zeal with which she embraced her later challenge to broaden science opportunities for girls. This is an intimate and enormously appealing biography of a fascinating woman, a triumph of research and sensitivity that lives up to its subject and will likely move readers to tears in its final, poignant pages.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Engrossing…Sherr provides a window into one of the most fascinating figures of the twentieth century.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Sherr and Sally Ride, one of America’s most famous astronauts, became friends over the course of interviews while Sherr was covering NASA for ABC. Now Sherr presents the authorized biography of Ride, with their friendship adding a personal dimension to the narrative…[with] rich details about the personal life of a very private woman. Drawing upon others’ works (e.g., Tom Wolfe’s The Right Stuff), but also her own detailed interviews with key players, Sherr takes the time to discuss the space race, the challenges for women wishing to become astronauts, and the barriers LGBT scientists (Ride was a physicist) have had to overcome, all of which are important contexts for understanding the significance of Ride’s milestone achievements. Verdict: The book is fast paced and an engaging read.”

    Library Journal

  • “During the nine years she was associated with the space program, Ride’s exemplary conduct ‘transformed female astronauts from a punch line into a matter of national pride’…Though married during her years at NASA, Ride’s true sexual orientation did not become public until her death, when her obituary mentioned that she had been survived by a female partner of nearly three decades. Sherr’s book is important not simply because it memorializes an American icon. It pointedly reminds readers of the crippling burden of ‘shame and fear’ that even—and perhaps especially—the most golden heroes must bear in societies that cannot tolerate difference. An intimately celebratory biography.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Narrator Pam Ward perfectly reflects the literary voice of author Lynn Sherr in this in-depth examination of the life of Sally Ride, America’s first female astronaut. Ward’s animated voice and varied pace suit the narrative, particularly the passages about Ride’s personal life. Because Sherr and Ride were longtime friends, the text comes off like an extended conversation, and Ward picks up that tone nicely. Vocally, she imparts both the author’s feelings and Ride’s. Pausing before direct quotations, she gives the listener a clear indication of what’s to follow. While she doesn’t try to give other speakers distinctive voices, it’s clear from slight changes that someone other than Sherr or Ride is talking. Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    AudioFile

  • “Wow. What a read. I was enthralled and enchanted. Sally Ride is a national treasure, free-thinker, and adventurer extraordinaire. Lynn Sherr’s years as a NASA correspondent bleed through with the pulsing drama of our early space discoveries. And her close friendship with Sally renders the inside story replete with delightful and eccentric detail.” 

    Diana Nyad, champion ocean swimmer

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
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About the Author
Author Lynn Sherr

Lynn Sherr, a broadcast journalist and writer, was an award-winning correspondent for more than thirty years at ABC News. She reported on the NASA space shuttle program from its inception in 1981 through the Challenger explosion in 1986. Her numerous awards include an Emmy, two American Women in Radio and Television Commendation Awards, a Gracie Award, and a George Foster Peabody Award. She is the author of Tall Blondes: A Book about Giraffes, Outside the Box: A Memoir, America the Beautiful: The Stirring True Story behind Our Nation’s Favorite Song, and Failure Is Impossible: Susan B. Anthony in Her Words. She coedited Peter Jennings, A Reporter’s Life. She lives in New York.