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Sally Ride: America’s First Woman in Space Paperback – March 24, 2015
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Gr 9 Up—Sally Ride, the first American woman to go into space, impressive had earned a newly minted doctorate in physics from Stanford when she applied for the space program, beating out a thousand applicants for the job. Her focus was on her work and that dedication led to all of her successes. Published originally for the adult market, this audiobook will light a spark in girls who do not yet know that the sky is literally their limit. Ride spent much of her post-NASA years encouraging young women to study math and science. Written by Ride's close friend, news commentator Lynn Sherr, this is an objective look at the astronaut's complex life with all of her strengths and her shortcomings. Ride kept her lesbian relationship with partner Tam O'Shaughnessy hidden from the public. Even close friends, including Sherr, were surprised by its revelation in her obituary. While listeners will never know Ride's reasons for keeping her sexual orientation private, this biography will inspire young women who have grand ideas by knowing that this woman let nothing stand in her way. Pam Ward's narration is straightforward, objective, and suits the book beautifully.—Joan Kindig, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
*Starred Review* When her unexpected death from cancer was announced in 2012, the national outpouring of grief over the loss of Sally Ride was swift and genuine. The subsequent obituary revelation that Ride was a lesbian in a committed relationship for more than a quarter-century was proof of how successfully the icon had guarded her personal life. With the full cooperation of Ride’s family and friends, both inside and outside of NASA (including ex-husband and fellow astronaut Steve Hawley), author Sherr pores over Ride’s life, from her tennis-star childhood to her college years in the male-dominated field of physics and meteoric rise as America’s first woman in space. As familiar as readers believe themselves to be with Ride’s story, Sherr has done an impressive job of uncovering the pressures (and sometimes comical missteps) of NASA’s macho culture and its approach to the first class of women astronauts, the unparalleled commitment Ride brought to her job, and the zeal with which she embraced her later challenge to broaden science opportunities for girls. This is an intimate and enormously appealing biography of a fascinating woman, a triumph of research and sensitivity that lives up to its subject and will likely move readers to tears in its final, poignant pages. --Colleen Mondor --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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The reason the writing task was formidable was because Dr. Ride was so close to the vest when it came to revealing her life story and her feelings about it: "I'm not used to analyzing my feelings and emotions--much less used to trying to communicate them." Sadly, Sally Ride died at age 61 while she was realizing another successful chapter in her ambitious and successful career--as the CEO of a science training company she co-founded.
But Sherr, who spent over 30 years as a news correspondent for ABC News and many of those years covering the space shuttle program, is up to the task of telling Sally's story. Through numerous interviews with those who knew Dr. Ride and through her experiences as a friend of Sally's, she has created a comprehensive and poignant look at a leader in America's space program, a consistent fighter against sexist bigotry and stereotypes, and an innovative creator of science programs for children, especially girls.
During her years growing up in California, Sally Ride's Norwegian-heritage parents reinforced what she said about her formative years: "There was absolutely no sense--through all the years growing up--that there was any limit to what I could do or what I could pursue." Her cut-short career was a testament to that value: top-ranked tennis player (Billie Jean King urged her to turn pro), doctorate in physics with a specialty in astrophysics and an honors degree in English Literature (all from Stanford), NASA astronaut and key investigator of the Challenger and Columbia shuttle disasters, an astrophysics professor and director of the California Space Institute at the University of California San Diego, and the creator/CEO of a company that changed the way children are taught science. And she did all of this battling the intense misogyny of the era including a teacher who told the teenage Sally, who wanted passionately to devote her life to physics, that she had a "first-rate mind, wasted in science." She overcame that derision and many more obstacles on her life's journey to becoming a scientist, astronaut, science educator, and scientific business executive who happens to be a woman.
At a time when homosexuality was regarded as a social deviation, 1971, Sally had her first homosexual experience. For the last 27 years of her life, she was living with her partner, Tam O'Shaughnessy, without the world knowing about their relationship. In the interim, she was married to another astronaut, Steve Hawley, for years. Those intimate experiences in her life, tastefully described by Sherr, only matter in the sense that they try to get at an appreciation of her psychology, the pressures of her milieu, and her responses to that milieu.
At the 25th anniversary of her historic accomplishment in 2008, Dr. Ride said: "And I knew it was important, but I didn't realize the emotional impact it had on so many women, just realizing this was something a woman could do that no one thought she could do. And I think it changed a lot of attitudes, it changed a lot of aspirations. For young women in college, it made them think about their careers differently."
For her contributions to the field of science and space exploration, Dr. Sally Ride received many honors, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the NASA Space Flight Medal, the NCAA's Theodore Roosevelt Award, and the Order of Magellan in 1985, one of only seventeen explorers to receive such an honor. She was also inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame, the National Aviation Hall of Fame, and the Astronaut Hall of Fame. Her company, Sally Ride Science, "is projected to have directly touched the lives of more than two million youngsters in just thirteen years."
Lynn Sherr's biography is an appropriate tribute to a revered scientist, intrepid explorer, exceptional teacher, and a pioneer in the battle against sexism and male chauvinism.
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