Title: Spaceman: An Astronaut’s Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe
Author: Mike Massimino
Release Date: October 4, 2016
Publisher: Crown Archetype
Genre: Memoir, Space/NASA
If you follow this website regularly, then you know how much of a fan I am of space and space-related books. That’s why I was so thrilled to have the chance to read an early copy of Mike Massimino’s memoir Spaceman: An Astronaut’s Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe. Massimino is a celebrated astronaut from the shuttle-era, participating in two crucial missions to service the Hubble Space Telescope. If you aren’t that much into space, then you might better know Massimino from when he played himself on multiple episodes of The Big Bang Theory. Either way, if you know who he is, you probably have figured out that he’s a smart, funny, and personable guy.
That’s why Spaceman is such a great read. Massimino’s personality comes bursting through every page; you feel as if you’re sitting down with a friend, rather than reading someone’s life story. We see astronauts as these heroes, these brave men and women who do incredible things every day, and it’s easy to forget that they are human. That they have the same doubts and frustrations as any of us. That’s what I appreciated most about this book—Massimino is honest about his issues and doubts. He doesn’t pretend like he’s perfect or he always knows the answers. Instead, he gives the reader a frank look back at his life. He’s not afraid to be vulnerable or admit he made a mistake, and it makes this book that much more appealing.
There are some astronaut memoirs that appeal primarily to those with a real passion for space. And then there are some memoirs, like Chris Hadfield’s An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth that will appeal to any reader, and Mike Massimino’s Spaceman is one of those. It’s sharp, engaging, and insightful, and will inspire you to reflect on your own life.
Thanks to Crown Publishing, and in conjunction with my space newsletter Give Me Space (did you know I have a space newsletter? I write every week or two letting you know about the interesting thing happening in space and science news) I’m thrilled to have three gorgeous hardcover copies of Spaceman to give away to three different U.S. based readers. To enter: Fill out the form at the bottom of this page in its entirety; incomplete entries will not be counted. U.S.-based mailing addresses only, please. You have until Wednesday, October 12, at 11:59 PM ET to enter; I’ll email the winners privately.
Good luck! I hope you love this book as much as I did. To purchase Spaceman, please visit one of the links below.