Craft & Chat: The Astronaut Wives Club


Join us at Seekonk Public Library for a craft & book chat as part of our Eclipse Countdown series, Craft & Chat: The Astronaut Wives Club on Wednesday, April 3 at 6 PM. Read a copy of the book The Astronaut Wives Club beforehand by picking up a print copy at the library or downloading the title as an ebook or audiobook through Libby and Hoopla, or watch an excerpt of the tv series during the program. We’ll make a wire wrapped ring in celebration of the eclipse as we chat about the women and events featured in the book. Participants get eclipse viewing glasses! Space is limited; registration with a SAILS library card is required. Register in the Events Calendar at

About the Book:

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.

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. (from the publisher)

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