The wives of America's Mercury Seven astronauts bonded and stayed in touch for more than five decades. Their friendship and experiences as the women behind the space pioneers is told in "The Astronaut Wives Club," a new book by Lily Koppel. Koppel will talk about the book at noon Wednesday, Sept. 18, at the Westport Library.

The wives, Annie Glenn, Rene Carpenter and Trudy Cooper founded the club with the other Mercury wives. As their celebrity rose -- and as divorce and tragic death began to touch their lives -- they continued to rally together. The book tells the story of the women who stood beside some of the biggest heroes in American history.

Koppel is also the author of "The Red Leather Diary" and has written for The New York Times, The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post and Glamour.

Books will be available for purchase and signing at the program in the McManus Room at the library, 20 Jesup Road. The talk is free and open to the public.

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