Diary of an Apprentice Astronaut

Diary of an Apprentice Astronaut

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Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti's intimate account of her first journey to the International Space Station, to which she returns in 2022, as commander of Expedition 68a--only the fourth woman to command the ISS, praised by Scott Kelly for its "incredible detail and great writing."

Two hundred days orbiting Earth on the International Space Station. Five years working and training with the aerospace community across the world. A lifetime of choices leading to the stars. These are the components of Samantha Cristoforetti's dream, a dream she invites us to share in this intimate account of an astronaut's journey to space. She views the triumphs and disappointments of that journey with a poet's eye and a philosopher's mind--and an engineer's gift for detail that brings each experience into sharp focus.

With Cristoforetti as our guide, we're called to become "apprentice astronauts" and experience the world anew through the visor of a space suit's helmet. Bonding with crew members to tackle challenges as a team, lifting off from the launchpad in a roar of engines, discovering the strange wonders of weightlessness, seeing Earth with a fresh perspective after a bittersweet return to solid ground . . . all these moments and more reveal what it really takes to escape our planet's gravity in pursuit of a goal.

Fly Girls

Fly Girls

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A New York Times Bestseller * An Amazon Best Book of the Year * A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice * A Time Best Book for Summer

Between the world wars, no sport was more popular, or more dangerous, than airplane racing. While male pilots were lauded as heroes, the few women who dared to fly were more often ridiculed--until a cadre of women pilots banded together to break through the entrenched prejudice.

Fly Girls weaves together the stories of five remarkable women: Florence Klingensmith, a high school dropout from Fargo, North Dakota; Ruth Elder, an Alabama divorcée; Amelia Earhart, the most famous, but not necessarily the most skilled; Ruth Nichols, who chafed at her blue blood family's expectations; and Louise Thaden, the young mother of two who got her start selling coal in Wichita. Together, they fought for the chance to fly and race airplanes--and in 1936, one of them would triumph, beating the men in the toughest air race of them all.

Fly Girls : How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History (SIGNED by the author)

Fly Girls : How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History (SIGNED by the author)

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A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

"Exhilarating." --New York Times Book Review

"Riveting." --People

"Keith O'Brien has brought these women--mostly long-hidden and forgotten--back into the light where they belong. And he's done it with grace, sensitivity and a cinematic eye for detail that makes Fly Girls both exhilarating and heartbreaking." --USA Today

The untold story of five women who fought to compete against men in the high-stakes national air races of the 1920s and 1930s -- and won

Between the world wars, no sport was more popular, or more dangerous, than airplane racing. Thousands of fans flocked to multi-day events, and cities vied with one another to host them. The pilots themselves were hailed as dashing heroes who cheerfully stared death in the face. Well, the men were hailed. Female pilots were more often ridiculed than praised for what the press portrayed as silly efforts to horn in on a manly, and deadly, pursuit. Fly Girls recounts how a cadre of women banded together to break the original glass ceiling: the entrenched prejudice that conspired to keep them out of the sky.

O'Brien weaves together the stories of five remarkable women: Florence Klingensmith, a high-school dropout who worked for a dry cleaner in Fargo, North Dakota; Ruth Elder, an Alabama divorcee; Amelia Earhart, the most famous, but not necessarily the most skilled; Ruth Nichols, who chafed at the constraints of her blue-blood family's expectations; and Louise Thaden, the mother of two young kids who got her start selling coal in Wichita. Together, they fought for the chance to race against the men -- and in 1936 one of them would triumph in the toughest race of all.

Like Hidden Figures and Girls of Atomic City, Fly Girls celebrates a little-known slice of history in which tenacious, trail-blazing women braved all obstacles to achieve greatness.

Iron  Men  and  Wooden  Ships:  Deep  Sea  Chanties
Iron  Men  and  Wooden  Ships:  Deep  Sea  Chanties
Iron  Men  and  Wooden  Ships:  Deep  Sea  Chanties
Iron  Men  and  Wooden  Ships:  Deep  Sea  Chanties
Iron  Men  and  Wooden  Ships:  Deep  Sea  Chanties
Iron  Men  and  Wooden  Ships:  Deep  Sea  Chanties

Iron Men and Wooden Ships: Deep Sea Chanties

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Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1924. 1st edition. Edited by Frank Shay; decorations and woodcuts by Edw. A. Wilson; introduction by William McFee. Signed by illustrator. No dust jacket; blue boards with teal spine; inlaid white paper label with title and illustrations on front cover; orange paper label with title and decoration on spine; boards scuffed; corners bumped and worn; spine head pulled and frayed; spine edge near front cover faded and has two water spots; illustrated endpapers; gift inscription in ink on ffep; front hinge weak; text clean and bright. G

Poetry  of  Flight:  An  Anthology

Poetry of Flight: An Anthology

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New York: Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1941. First edition; dust jacket in protective cover; edges chipped and creased; light blue cloth with dark blue lettering; edges faded; former owner's bookplate affixed to ffep; endpapers toned with age; binding good; text clean. G/G
Under the Black Flag: The Romance and the Reality of Life Among the Pirates (USED)

Under the Black Flag: The Romance and the Reality of Life Among the Pirates (USED)

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"This is the most authoritative and highly literate account of these pernicious people that I have ever read."--Patrick O'Brian

"[A] wonderfully entertaining history of pirates and piracy . . . a rip-roaring read . . . fascinating and unexpected."--Men's Journal

This rollicking account of the golden age of piracy is packed with vivid history and high seas adventure. David Cordingly, an acclaimed expert on pirates, reveals the spellbinding truth behind the legends of Blackbeard, Captain Kidd, Sir Francis Drake, the fierce female brigands Mary Read and Anne Bonny, and others who rode and robbed upon the world's most dangerous waters. Here, in thrilling detail, are the weapons they used, the ships they sailed, and the ways they fought--and were defeated. Under the Black Flag also charts the paths of fictional pirates such as Captain Hook and Long John Silver. The definitive resource on the subject, this book is as captivating as it is supremely entertaining.

Praise for Under the Black Flag

"[A] lively history . . . If you've ever been seduced by the myth of the cutlass-wielding pirate, consider David Cordingly's Under the Black Flag."--USA Today, "Best Bets"

"Engagingly told . . . a tale of the power of imaginative literature to re-create the past."--Los Angeles Times

"Entirely engaging and informative . . . a witty and spirited book."--The Washington Post Book World

"Plenty of thrills and adventure to satisfy any reader."--The Philadelphia Inquirer