The Astronaut Wives Club

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Astronaut Wives Club was one book that sounded like something I would love to read. I typically read fiction books, but I always have a sort of fascination with that time period in history. So I figured I would give it a go. I mean a time period I idealize and aeronautics... what could be better?

The Astronaut Wives Club revolves around the bright smiling young wives of the Mercury Seven astronauts. It tells their tales through all the trials and tribulations of the take offs all the way to the ever present media.

I have to be honest in my opinion about this book. All the other books I've talked about I've absolutely loved. But this one has me a bit torn. Don't get me wrong, I love the subject matter. I loved learning about the wives of the Mercury Seven and all they went through. But it was a difficult read for me.

I say this was a difficult read not because of the content or that I needed to open up the dictionary for every other word, but because of how it was written. With so many people being introduced in a book there is always a bit of confusion until you can get the "characters" straight. Although as the book progressed, I still had trouble remembering which wife was married to what astronaut and where they lived or what their story was. The chapters would be a mish-mash of wives and stories that didn't seem to flow as well as I would have liked.

Lily Koppel had a very unique writing style. It sounded as if you were sitting down to coffee with her and some of your best friends and she was telling you the best story. There were some reviews saying the writing style was not right for the books content. Personally I enjoyed the style, I just wish the story had a little bit more structure.

As I said before I was very interested in this book when I first heard about it. I thought it would give me some real-life insight into what it was like to be a wife of some of the most famous men in America during the late 50s, but I really thought it could have been written better. I felt like I needed a cheat sheet for all of the wives.

If you are interested in learning more about these wives and their famous astronaut husbands and are willing to give a little more concentration to the characters, I say give this book a try. I'm sure if you can get past the negatives I've mentioned I'm sure you'll love it.

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