Packing for Mars: the Curious Science of Life in the Void (by Mary Roach: Nonfiction) c. 2010

Summary: Author Roach provides an overview of the science of life in zero G, along with a history of the research by space organizations around the world to determine what is and is not possible for humans in space. In examining what effect this ‘Final Frontier’ has upon us, she illuminates much of what it means to be human.

Review: The stories included, most of which have never been widely circulated, provide an amazing picture of what it means to live without gravity. Roach is, as always, a gripping and fearless storyteller. Highly recommended.

Read-a-likes:  Obviously this will be a must for fans of Roach’s first two, Bonk and Stiff. Fans of stories steeped in the grittier side of space travel, such as The Right Stuff  by Tom Wolfe, should take a look as well.

Availability:  The Lake Bluff Public Library owns this book as a book and an eAudiobook. Click here to check on the availability!

Review by Eric.

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