Dr. Sally Ride was a fiercely intelligent and driven woman who played tennis like a pro, double-majored in Physics and English at Stanford University, and caught the eye of NASA at the very young age of 27. She remains the youngest astronaut and the only known gay astronaut to fly. Though she shunned the spotlight when it came to her personal life, she knew how to use her fame and influence to inspire girls to study science. Sally Ride’s verve and intellect shine in this new biography, which also traces the evolution of NASA from a group of white male fighter pilots to the diverse band of scientists that it is today. If you are at all interested in the history of American space flight, you must read this book. I loved every page of it; it is impossible to read about Sally Ride’s life and accomplishments without feeling inspired.
Learn more about the first American woman in space! This richly detailed biography examines Sally Ride's early life, her work in NASA, and her foundation, which inspires girls in science to dream big. It chronicles her struggles and triumphs, both personal and professional, and shows how she led her life with a quiet and unshakeable confidence.
Sally Ride made history as the first American woman in space. A member of the first astronaut class to include women, NASA chose her for the seventh shuttle mission, inspiring several generations of women. After a second flight, Ride served on the panels investigating the Challenger explosion and the Columbia disintegration that killed all aboard. In both instances, she faulted NASA's rush to meet mission deadlines and its organizational failures. She also cofounded a company promoting science and education for children, especially girls. In Sally Ride: America's First Woman in Space, Lynn Sherr writes about Ride's scrupulously guarded personal life, with exclusive access to Ride's partner, her former husband, her family, and countless friends and colleagues. This is a rich biography of a fascinating woman whose life intersected with revolutionary social and scientific changes in America. Sherr's revealing portrait is warm and admiring but unsparing. It makes this extraordinarily talented and bold woman-an inspiration to millions-come alive.
About the Author
Lynn Sherr is an award-winning broadcaster and author who spent more than thirty years at ABC News. Her numerous awards include an Emmy Award and a George Foster Peabody Award, and her books include "Swim," "Outside the Box," and "America the Beautiful."
Pam Ward has performed in a variety of venues, but she found her true calling reading books for the blind and physically handicapped for the Library of Congress Talking Books program, for which she received the prestigious Alexander Scourby Award from the American Foundation for the Blind. She is also an "AudioFile" Earphones Award winner.