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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lily Koppel Narrator: Orlagh Cassidy Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2013 ISBN: 9781619696464
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “The men catapulted into space in the twentith century were interesting, sort of. The women they left back on earth were fascinating…A lively account of how the wives coped with fame, fear, [and] loneliness.”


  • “[A] true (juicy) story. Gotta love non-fiction that feels like a beach read: Lily Koppel’s The Astronaut Wives Club chronicles the wives of 1960s astronauts…Put down that mystery and pick up some history!”


  • “This is one of those light, tasty summer reads you’ll guzzle down like a milk shake.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Breezy and entertaining…Koppel is chronicling a cultural moment more than any particular person and in this she excels. The details are superb.”

    Washington Post

  • The Astronaut Wives Club is wholly and consistently in Koppel’s voice: smart, evocative, informed, and warm—an electric fireside chat with the women who put men on the moon.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “[A] fascinating, behind-the-scenes look at the lives of the women married to the astronauts…Impressive.”

    Dallas Morning News

  • “[An] entertaining and quirky throwback…This is truly a great snapshot of the times.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Engaging…[Koppel] hits the mark, crafting an exceptional story that seriously examines the imperfection and humanity of America’s heroic astronauts, their wives, and their families. This work will hold vast appeal for armchair historians, and those interested in feminism, women’s history, and twentieth-century history.”

    Library Journal

  • “Insightful social history with a light touch.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A Booklist Top 10 in June 2013
  • A Barnes & Noble Best Book of the Month, June 2013
  • A New York Times bestseller
  • An Entertainment Weekly “Must Read”
  • A 2013 BookPage Best Book
  • A Los Angeles Times bestseller
  • A Wall Street Journal bestseller
  • A San Francisco Chronicle bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly bestseller
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About the Author
Author Lily Koppel

Lily Koppel is the bestselling author of The Red Leather Diary: Reclaiming a Life Through the Pages of a Lost Journal. She has written for the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, the New York Times Book Review, the Huffington Post, and Glamour.

About the Narrator

Orlagh Cassidy, an American actress of stage, television, and film, is an audiobook narrator who has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for best narration, as well as many AudioFile Earphones Awards. She is a graduate of SUNY at Purchase and a recipient of the Princess Grace Foundation Scholarship. She has been seen on and off Broadway and in films, including Definitely Maybe and Calling It Quits. Her television credits include roles in Law & Order and Sex and the City and as Doris Wolfe on Guiding Light. She has done voice work for commercials in which she is probably best known for her role as the mom in the “BFF Jill” spots for AT&T.