May Staff Picks

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 All Alexandria Reads Edition

Alexandria Library invites you to read The Astronaut Wives club. All Alexandria Reads is designed to create shared experiences through reading. Everyone is invited to read the featured title and selected books for younger readers. Join the events and discussions that relate to the themes of The Astronaut Wives Club.


The Astronauts Wives Club

 

 

The Astronaut Wives Club

By Lily Koppel

"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 20th-century history." --from Library Journal

Recommended by All Alexandria Reads 

The Martian

 

 

 

The Martian

By Andy Weir

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive... But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills--and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit--he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

Recommended by All Alexandria Reads


Mousetronaut

 

 

 

Mousetronaut

By Mark Kelly

A small but plucky mouse named Mike is sure that he can help the Space Shuttle astronauts, and ends up saving the whole mission. Includes facts about NASA and space travel.

Recommended by All Alexandria Reads


George's Secret Key to the Universe

 

 

 

George's Secret Key to the Universe

By Stephen Hawking and Lucy Hawking

Follows the adventures of a young boy and his neighbor friend as they travel through a computer portal into outer space, where they explore such mysteries as black holes and the origins of the universe, while trying to evade an evil scientist.

Recommended by All Alexandria Reads

Challenger Park

 

 

Challenger Park

By Stephen Harrigan

Astronaut Lucy Kincheloe's personal life is in tatters. Her marriage to Brian, also an astronaut, is deteriorating and her son is very ill. These earthbound human concerns will haunt her as she blasts off into space on her first shuttle flight. Only after a space accident that renders the world below distant and perhaps unreachable, are things put in context.

Recommended by All Alexandria Reads


Gravity

 

 

Gravity

By Tess Gerritsen

An organism harmless on earth where it is subject to gravity terrorizes a research station in space. Scientists die violently and from their insides spill creatures that are part human, part frog and part mouse. A medical thriller by the author of Bloodstream.

Recommended by All Alexandria Reads

Rise of the rocket girls : the women who propelled us, from missiles to the moon to Mars

 

 

 

Rise of the Rocket Girls : the women who propelled us, from missiles to the moon to Mars

By Nathalia Holt

During World War Il, when the brand-new minted Jet Propulsion Laboratory needed quick-thinking mathematicians to calculate jet velocities and plot missile trajectories, they recruited an elite group of young women--known as "computers"--who, with only pencil, paper, and mathematical prowess, transformed rocket design and helped bring about America's first ballistic missiles. Based on extensive research and interviews with the living members of the team, Rise of the Rocket Girls offers a unique perspective on the role of women in science, illuminating both where we've been and the far reaches of where we're heading.

Recommended by All Alexandria Reads

An astronaut's guide to life on Earth

 

 

An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth

By Chris Hadfield

Hadfield takes readers into his years of training and space exploration to show how to make the impossible possible. He developed an unconventional philosophy at NASA: Prepare for the worst-- and enjoy every moment of it. By thinking like an astronaut, you can change the way you view life on Earth-- especially your own.

Recommended by All Alexandria Reads

 


The right stuff

 

 

 

The Right Stuff

By Tom Wolfe

"Men first flew into space in 1961, but until The Right Stuff was first published in 1979 few people had a sense of the most engrossing side of that adventure: namely, the perceptions and goals of the astronauts themselves, aloft and during certain remarkable odysseys on earth. It is this, the inner world of the early astronauts, John Glenn, Alan Shepard, Gus Grissom, and their confreres, that Tom Wolfe describes with his extraordinary powers of empathy. He shows us the bidden olympus to which all ambitious combat and test pilots aspired, the top of the pyramid of the right stuff." -- author web site

Recommended by All Alexandria Reads

Across the universe

 

 

By Beth Revis

Teenaged Amy, a cryogenically frozen passenger on the spaceship Godspeed, wakes up to discover that someone may have tried to murder her. Book 1 in the Across the Universe trilogy.

Recommended by All Alexandria Reads


 

 

 

Earth space moon base

 

Earth Space Moon Base

By Ben Joel Price

An unlikely trio lands on a planet and keeps the inhabitants at bay using bananas.

Recommended by All Alexandria Reads