A review by allegra_j
An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me about Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything by Chris Hadfield


I'm in general a fan of any sort of astronaut autobiography, so I've read a spectrum of them. This is one of my favorites. I love the way Hadfield explains complex concepts in very easy to understand language. I enjoy the humility and sense of humor that flavors this book. His writing voice reminds me of John Glenn's writing voice... that "in it for the team" personality that I so love about astronauts. I especially love the section on the "annoying little habits" he picked up upon return to Earth, because there's a lesson in that for all of us.
Long ago, Apollo astronauts took the famous picture we now as "moonrise" showing the gorgeous Earth rising over the gray horizon of the moon. The picture has been a symbol to some of our fragile blue planet that is literally our entire world floating in the vastness of the universe. Hadfield's final chapters are like a written "moonrise" for the new generation... a reminder that this planet is what we have and it's more wonderful than most of us can even realize but we must care for it.
Loved loved LOVED it, and it's appropriate for all ages.
Also? He's totally a +1. Don't let him convince you otherwise.