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The Godfather of Kathmandu (Sonchai Jitpleecheep, #4)
Ape House
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
Operation Napoleon
Walking Dead
The Sentimentalists
The Heretic Queen
The Midnight House
Cross Fire
Peony in Love
Finding Nouf: A Novel
City of Veils: A Novel
First Daughter
A Place of Hiding
Peter Pan

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

"An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth", by Chris Hadfield

Being a Canadian I must admit being slightly biased in my assessment of this impressive, modest and charming book written by one of Canada’s much loved hero and one of the world`s most famous and recognized Astronauts.

In his modest mémoir Mr. Hadfield recounts for most part a life working diligently toward the ultimate goal: becoming an astronaut and going into space. It wasn`t always easy for him and the book relives the most important moments of his climb to success. In fact, a feat he accomplished three times before retiring.

Drawn from his personal experiences, the book is structured and written in a straight narrative as a kind of self-motivation book in life lessons highlighting the importance of setting goals, working hard and staying humble and most importantly being a strong team player, never being a drag on anyone and being prepare for anything. His accounts are not only interesting they are riveting and fun to read. He easily communicates his space experiences and discusses at length the questions we all have in mind (how do you manage this and that?). This book is infused with the same integrity and honesty that his personal and professional life reflects: a nice guy in every sense, a man who made space exploration sexy again.

Running throughout his mémoir it is clear that Mr. Hadfield was profoundly moved by his travels and often expresses his appreciation to taxpayers. He shows great humanity, humour and wisdom in his words. He doesn't talk much about his personal life but does praise his family for putting up with him and helping him to reach his dream.

This book is definitely worth reading and I recommend it without reservation.

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