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Robert Pearlman
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posted 12-07-2020 10:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Jonathan Ward (cS: ilbasso) announced today that his next book will be the autobiography of Eileen Collins! Coming from in fall 2021...

Through the Glass Ceiling to the Stars: The Story of the First American Woman to Command a Space Mission
by Eileen M. Collins and Jonathan H. Ward

The long-awaited memoir of a trailblazer and role model who is telling her story for the first time.

Eileen Collins was an aviation pioneer her entire career, from her crowning achievements as the first woman to command an American space mission as well as the first to pilot the space shuttle to her early years as one of the Air Force's first female pilots. She was in the first class of women to earn pilot's wings at Vance Air Force Base and was their first female instructor pilot. She was only the second woman admitted to the Air Force's elite Test Pilot Program at Edwards Air Force Base. NASA had such confidence in her skills as a leader and pilot that she was entrusted to command the first shuttle mission after the Columbia disaster, returning the US to spaceflight after a two-year hiatus. She has served on numerous corporate boards and is an inspirational speaker about space exploration and leadership.

She is among the most recognized and admired women in the world. Yet this is the first time she has told her story in a book. It is a story not only of achievement and overcoming obstacles but of profound personal transformation. The shy, quiet child of an alcoholic father and struggling single mother, who grew up in modest circumstances and was an unremarkable student, she had few prospects when she graduated from high school, but she changed her life to pursue her secret dream of becoming an astronaut. She shares her leadership and life lessons throughout the book with the aim of inspiring and passing on her legacy to a new generation.

  • Hardcover, 296 pages
  • Arcade (October 5, 2021)
  • ISBN-10: 1950994058
  • ISBN-13: 978-1950994052

Kite
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posted 12-07-2020 10:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kite     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Brilliant news. Having seen her superb talk in Pontefract a few years ago I can't wait to read it.

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 12-07-2020 11:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ditto. Eileen is a class act.

David C
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posted 12-07-2020 01:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for David C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Looking forward to this.

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posted 12-10-2020 08:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for AstroCasey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Looks like an interesting read. Although I am familiar with Eileen Collins, the book's description provides some information I didn't know about. Looking forward to publication.

astro-nut
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posted 12-29-2020 02:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for astro-nut   Click Here to Email astro-nut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Excellent to hear about this. I am looking forward to reading this book!
Congratulations in advance, I know you will do a great job with this book.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 02-04-2021 08:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Cover art:

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 02-04-2021 11:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I hope Eileen makes it to the UK on a book signing tour. After her appearance at Space Lectures a few years ago she certainly left behind many fans of her work.

If I may be so bold as to quote Dexie's Midnight Runners... "Come on Eileen!"

Kite
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posted 02-04-2021 04:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kite     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just what we could all do with after all this blank period. "Come on Eileen"

FFrench
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posted 08-09-2021 03:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My review of this fascinating book.
With the assistance of Jonathan Ward, best known for his incredibly moving book about the shuttle Columbia tragedy, Eileen Collins has finally written the book people have been wanting from her. It’s a fascinating journey, as she literally puts the reader in the driver’s seat from page one as we rocket into space.

JLR1
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posted 10-06-2021 06:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JLR1   Click Here to Email JLR1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Has anyone heard if any book signing events have been announced yet?

MCroft04
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posted 10-06-2021 06:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MCroft04   Click Here to Email MCroft04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation website has her attending the November Astronaut Hall of Fame induction, but not sure if she is doing the Space Rendezvous (and autograph show - which I assume they'll also have). That may offer a chance to get her to sign the book. Perhaps Jonathan will be there as well.

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posted 10-06-2021 09:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for hbw60   Click Here to Email hbw60     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The website has specified that she will be doing a book signing.

If anyone here is planning on attending, I'd love to get a few things signed if you're willing to ship them to me. I will be happy to pay a bonus on top of the price of everything.

lspooz
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posted 10-07-2021 10:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for lspooz   Click Here to Email lspooz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
First books spotted in the wild a few days ago. I am buying eight copies.

MCroft04
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posted 10-07-2021 09:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MCroft04   Click Here to Email MCroft04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Looking at the schedule for the Hall of Fame event and Space Rendezvous, I don't see any room for an autograph event. I hope I'm wrong, but .... If so, it still looks like a great three days.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 10-18-2021 10:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by JLR1:
Has anyone heard if any book signing events have been announced yet?
From Jonathan Ward on Facebook:
I apologize that we still don't have a process for getting autographed books into people's hands. The logistics are daunting. It's at least several months off — likely not until after the holidays, if at all — so please don't wait and thereby deprive yourself of reading her incredible story!

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posted 11-05-2021 09:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for BMckay   Click Here to Email BMckay     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Jonathan and Eileen, very well done. I fully enjoyed my signed copy.

Kite
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posted 04-16-2022 03:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kite     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yet another great autobiography. I agree with everything that Francis writes in his review and certainly could not put it as well. Had been looking forward for her written account of her amazing career and life ever since I saw her in Pontefract and it did not disappoint. Just hoping that one day soon she may be able to venture over here again so she could sign it for me. That would be marvelous.

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