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More than 350 Nonfiction, Fiction, & Children’s Books Reviewed

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Nonfiction Books
Complete list of reviewed nonfiction books by title and by author
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By Popular Request: Genre-Defining Astronaut/Ex-Astronaut Autobiographies, Part Two

By Popular Request: Genre-Defining Astronaut/Ex-Astronaut Autobiographies, Part Two

This Space Available, by Emily Carney. This post will spotlight two books that defined one sub-genre in spaceflight literature – the astronaut autobiography. These autobiographies are listed in chronological order, by publication date. While it would be impossible due to space and time constraints to list every astronaut memoir, these titles are often cited as having inspired other astronauts and spaceflight personalities in his or her own storytelling endeavors.

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By Popular Request: Genre-Defining Astronaut/Ex-Astronaut Autobiographies

By Popular Request: Genre-Defining Astronaut/Ex-Astronaut Autobiographies

This Space Available By Emily Carney This post will spotlight four books that defined one sub-genre in spaceflight literature – the astronaut (or, in one case, ex-astronaut) autobiography. These autobiographies are listed in chronological order, by publication date. While it would be impossible due to space and time constraints to list every astronaut memoir, these four titles are often cited as having inspired other astronauts and spaceflight personalities in his or her own storytelling endeavors.

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Fiction Books
Complete list of reviewed fiction books by title and by author
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Children’s Books
Complete list of reviewed children’s books by title and by author
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Book Review: Countdown: 2979 Days to the Moon

Book Review: Countdown: 2979 Days to the Moon

Countdown: 2979 Days to the Moon, by Suzanne Slade. Reviewed by Clifford R. McMurray. Especially wonderful about this children’s book about Apollo are the illustrations by Thomas Gonzales that adorn almost every page—some of the finest space art I’ve ever seen. For the beauty of the story and the artwork, Countdown has won a number of well-deserved awards, including the National Science Teachers Association award for best STEM book of 2019.

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