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The Astronaut Wives Club
Author: Lily Koppel

ISBN: 9780755362622
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 25 March 2014
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.1 x 2.2
Description:
The true story of the wives behind the American Space Race, the challenges they faced in the '50s and '60s, and the forty-year friendship that bound them together.

As American astronauts were launched on death-defying missions, television cameras focused on the brave smiles of their wives. Overnight, these women were transformed from shy military spouses to American royalty: having tea with Jackie Kennedy, attending high society galas, and being featured on the cover of Life magazine. They quickly grew into fashion icons, donning sherbet-swirled Pucci dresses and lacquering their hair into extravagant rocket styles (to match their husbands' spaceships).

Annie Glenn was the envy of the other wives, with her many magazine features; platinum-blonde bombshell Rene Carpenter was proclaimed JFK's favourite; homely Betty Grissom worried her husband was having affairs; Louise Shepard just wanted to be left alone to her card games; and licensed pilot Trudy Cooper arrived on base with a dirty secret. Together they rallied to form the Astronaut Wives Club, which has now turned into over 40 years of enduring friendship.
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