The Astronaut Wives Club

The Astronaut Wives Club Summary

Read the bestselling book that inspired the ABC television series.

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; JFK made it clear that platinum-blonde Rene Carpenter was his favorite; and licensed pilot Trudy Cooper arrived with a secret that needed to stay hidden from NASA. Together with the other wives they formed the Astronaut Wives Club, providing one another with support and friendship, coffee and cocktails.

As their celebrity rose-and as divorce and tragedy began to touch their lives-the wives continued to rally together, forming bonds that would withstand the test of time, and they have stayed friends for over half a century. THE ASTRONAUT WIVES CLUB tells the story of the women who stood beside some of the biggest heroes in American history.

Book Reviews


The TV Show was Better2 star

Being a child of the 60s/70s and remembering the space race, I enjoyed watching the TV show. I suspected that ABC had glamourized the story for TV and I would get more depth from the book. Ironically, it was just the opposite. There was more character development of the wives as people in the show. I cared about them in the show. The book is just a series of surface level anecdotes. There was not enough depth about any of the women for me to connect with them, and, as more and more were added to club, it became harder and harder to keep them straight. At times, the book felt more gossipy than respectful. I think there's a fascinating story in the lives of these women, but it's not in this book.25

Long legion

Interesting4 star

I found out so much interesting information about the space program and the area in which I live (cocoa beach FL). That being said, I agree with others that have said it bounced a little chronologically. The writing was ok but some of the timelines skipped back and forth making it a little confusing. All in ask, a really worthwhile read.45


Astronaut Wives Club review1 star

Sophomoric. Poor transitions that made the story telling practically incoherent. No bibliography (!) or footnotes. How does a fact based book get published without substantiation? Really, don't waste the time or money on this one.15


the astronaut wives club4 star

I remember the events with amazing clarity. The women were incredibly strong. I wish that the author had gone into more depth on Apollo 13. How the astronauts and their wives survived this voyage is beyond me.45


Not sorry I read it3 star

Felt jumbled. Didn't flow well. Would have been better if the pictures had been placed in the book with their accompanying storyline. No story for many if the wives. Still, I know more about these women than I did before reading. And I'm glad.35

Diana MEP

The Astronaut Wives Club3 star

The stories were interesting but I agree with others' comments about it being hard to follow who was with whom. Perhaps they should have put the pictures in with the chapters rather than at the end of the eBook. A nice read but not a page turner.35


We've come a long way5 star

A fascinating view into the lives and works of the American family. Is there such a thing as "typical?" These families, especially these extraordinary women, illustrate better than any text book or class how we have changed and grown, warts and all. Thank you, AWC, for being out there, leading the charge. You are beacons to all of us.55


Fantastic5 star

I purchased this book to read on a recent trip overseas and I absolutely loved it! Although it can be a little hard to follow at times, the book delves into a side of NASA and the Space Race that is often overlooked. As a NASA history enthusiast, I was very pleased with the facts and the way that the families were represented. Witty and fast-paced, the book will leave you longing to drive to Houston & talk with these fine ladies yourself! Highly recommended!!55


I loved this.5 star

It was a page turner. Fast read. Insightful & well researched.55

Gone With The Wind Fan

Interesting insight into the wives3 star

I really enjoyed reading about this aspect of the astronauts' lives. The focus on the wives gives new insight into their feelings and fears. We've come a long way baby as women are no longer pushed aside and expected to just make their husbands look good. Take notes on matching wives and husbands because you just read little excerpts about them and then they reappear later and you forget who they are married to. There are lots of pictures at the end of the book but I didn't know it; otherwise, I would have looked at them as I was reading.35

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