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While their spouses were hurdling into spaces, the wives of the Mercury Seven astronauts were strengthening their friendships in their own informal sorority. Lily Koppel's The Astronaut Wives Club carries us back to another time, of Space City and moon walks and VIP White House tours with Jackie, but it also takes us into the lives of real women struggling with sudden celebrity, absentee (and later philandering) husbands, and the fear of losing their husbands in an astronaut disaster. (In the case of astronaut wife Betty Grissom, that fear became a reality.) History, nostalgia, and friendship. Editor's recommendation.