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The MCA Store Presents: Lily Koppel: The Astronaut Wives Club

Tue, Jun 25, 2013, 6–7 pm

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; platinum-blonde Rene Carpenter was proclaimed JFK’s favorite; and licensed pilot Trudy Cooper arrived on base with a secret. Together with the other wives they formed the Astronaut Wives Club, meeting regularly to provide support and friendship. Many became next-door neighbors and helped to raise each other’s children by day, while going to glam parties at night.

As their celebrity rose—and as divorce and tragic death began to touch their lives—they continued to rally together, and the wives have now been friends for more than 50 years. THE ASTRONAUT WIVES CLUB (Grand Central Publishing) tells the real story of the women who stood beside some of the biggest heroes in American history.

Join us for this reading, conversation and book launch with author Lily Koppel. Koppel is the bestselling author of The Red Leather Diary. She has written for The New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, Huffington Post, and Glamour. The conversation is led by Sam Weller, Story Week Artistic Director, and author of The Bradbury Chronicles: The Life of Ray Bradbury (William Morrow) winner of the Society of Midland Authors Award for Best Biography of 2005. Weller teaches at Columbia College. His work has appeared on the NPR program All Things Considered and is a regular Chicago Tribune contributor.