Sally Ride

Sally Ride

America's First Woman in Space

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Baker & Taylor
A definitive portrait of the history-making first American woman astronaut includes coverage of her service aboard the panel that investigated the shuttle disasters, her co-founding of a science-education organization for girls and her guarded personal life. By the award-wining author of Outside the Box.

& Taylor

A portrait of the first American woman astronaut covers her service aboard the panel that investigated the shuttle disasters, her co-founding of a science-education organization for girls, and her guarded personal life.

Simon and Schuster
The definitive biography of Sally Ride, America’s first woman in space, with exclusive insights from Ride’s family and partner, by the ABC reporter who covered NASA during its transformation from a test-pilot boys’ club to a more inclusive elite.

Sally Ride made history as the first American woman in space. A member of the first astronaut class to include women, she broke through a quarter-century of white male fighter jocks when NASA chose her for the seventh shuttle mission, cracking the celestial ceiling and 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 cofounded a company promoting science and education for children, especially girls.

Sherr also writes about Ride’s scrupulously guarded personal life—she kept her sexual orientation private—with exclusive access to Ride’s partner, her former husband, her family, and countless friends and colleagues. Sherr draws from Ride’s diaries, files, and letters. 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.

Publisher: Simon & Schuster 2014
New York : Simon & Schuster, [2014]
ISBN: 9781476725765
Branch Call Number: 629.45 SH
Characteristics: pages cm


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Jan 21, 2015

Sally Ride broke down a lot of barriers for a lot of people. Who cares if she was lesbian?

Dec 04, 2014

This was a very well written book about the FIRST woman in space - loved it!!

ChristchurchLib Aug 18, 2014

"Sally Ride, the first American woman to go into space, competed successfully in the male-dominated profession of physics and became an inspiration to girls who dreamed of science careers. Journalist Lynn Sherr, drawing on materials provided by Ride's family and friends as well as official records and Sherr's own friendship with Ride, offers a moving and sensitive portrait of this pioneer who guarded her private life -- her long-term lesbian relationship only became known through her obituary. Publishers Weekly praises Sally Ride as a "window into one of the most fascinating figures of the 20th century." Biography and Memoir August 2014 newsletter

Jul 10, 2014

Excellent book. Easy to read. Interesting period in history. What an amazing woman. I relived the 70's and 80's. She made huge contributions even after her first flight helping to uncover what happened to the Challenger. She was an excellent educator and her website and books are still great for teachers.


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Oct 01, 2016

Grew up in California biking riding horses etc. Not a typical childhood.


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