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Book Club: Packing for Mars, by Mary Roach

 

Book Club / May Selection

Packing for Mars, by Mary Roach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amazon.com Review Amazon Best Books of the Month, August 2010: With her wry humor and inextinguishable curiosity, Mary Roach has crafted her own quirky niche in the somewhat staid world of science writing, showing no fear (or shame) in the face of cadavers, ectoplasm, or sex. In Packing for Mars, Roach tackles the strange science of space travel, and the psychology, technology, and politics that go into sending a crew into orbit. Roach is unfailingly inquisitive (Why is it impolite for astronauts to float upside down during conversations? Just how smelly does a spacecraft get after a two week mission?), and she eagerly seeks out the stories that don't make it onto NASA's website--from SPCA-certified space suits for chimps, to the trial-and-error approach to crafting menus during the space program's early years (when the chefs are former livestock veterinarians, taste isn't high on the priority list). Packing for Mars is a book for grownups who still secretly dream of being astronauts, and Roach lives it up on their behalf--weightless in a C-9 aircraft, she just can't resist the opportunity to go "Supermanning" around the cabin. Her zeal for discovery, combined with her love of the absurd, amazing, and stranger-than-fiction, make Packing for Mars an uproarious trip into the world of space travel. --Lynette Mong

 

The Book Club meets monthly in the HCC Community Center.

Hosted by Roy Towne.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I was a bit confused about the process. I will be coming on sunday and not Sat. I have not read the book.

    May 24, 2013

    • Jennifer W.

      Leonard, you are planning to attend the coupon strategy workshop on this Sunday? Or do you mean the next Sunday Speaker meeting in a couple of weeks? Either way, it would be great (but not mandatory) if you would rsvp on the Meetup you plan to attend. Thanks!

      May 24, 2013

  • Judy

    JUST COULDN’T GET INTO THIS BOOK.

    May 14, 2013

    • Charles Lee L.

      Oh Judy! I am so sorry. I loved it. Not often I pick up a book that both surprises and delights me like this one did.

      May 23, 2013

    • Judy

      well, then maybe I’ll give it another try!

      May 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    how do I attend my first meeting?

    May 23, 2013

    • Charles Lee L.

      Just show up and have a seat. We welcome one and all as long as they are there to talk about the book.

      May 23, 2013

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