Take Ten: Fly Me to the Moon

This summer has been filled with books, audiobooks, television programs, and more all about space. And, though it’s been fun to learn about the science and stories about the journeys humankind has taken beyond our planet, it can get overwhelming (or become an obsession!).

If you’re looking to stick with the theme but branch out a little, check out one of these books with “moon” in the title. They may not be “NASA-approved” but they’re still a good read.

The Almost Moon – Alice Sebold

  • Having set aside her own life in her support of her parents, husband, and children, Helen Knightly confronts the realities of the choices that were imposed upon her during a harrowing twenty-four-hour period of death and revelation.

Carolina Moon – Nora Roberts

  • Returning to the hometown where her best friend Hope had been murdered as a girl, Tory Bodeen decides to face down her memories from that awful night and, in doing so, forges a relationship with Hope’s older brother Cade Lavelle.

Half Moon: Henry Hudson and the Voyage that Redrew the Map of the World – Douglas Hunter

  • Recounts how Henry Hudson defied orders to find an eastern passage to China by redirecting his voyage along the coastline from Spanish Florida to the Grand Banks, an effort that laid a foundation for New York’s establishment as a global capital.

He Wanted the Moon: The Madness and Medical Genius of Dr. Perry Baird, and His Daughter’s Quest to Know Him – Mimi Baird

  • Author Mimi Baird lost contact with her father Dr. Perry Baird when she was six, in 1944. She knew only that he was “ill” and wasn’t coming home. In He Wanted the Moon, Mimi weaves together excerpts from her father’s manuscript with her own recollections, providing a fascinating, if sobering, portrait of psychiatric treatment before the symptoms of mental disorders were better understood.

Moon Before Morning – W.S. Merwin

  • Merwin’s elgiac poetry describes the human relationship with the natural world and memory.

Sex on the Moon: The Amazing Story Behind the Most Audacious Heist in History – Ben Mezrich

  • Draws on court records, FBI transcripts, NASA documents, and first-person interviews to reconstruct NASA fellow Thad Roberts’ theft of invaluable moon rocks, offering insight into Roberts’ personality and the nature of his accomplices.

Shoot the Moon – Billie Letts

  • In the 1970s, thirty years after a baby’s disappearance from the community of DeClare, Oklahoma, a grown Nicky Jack Harjo mysteriously returns.

Stars Between the Sun and Moon: One Woman’s Life in North Korea and Escape to Freedom – Lucia Jang

  • The memoir of a determined young North Korean woman who endured famine, an unlawful marriage and harsh imprisonment, and who finally managed to escape to Canada.

Thirteen Moons – Charles Frazier

  • From the age of twelve, when he is sent alone into the wilderness to run an Indian trading post, Will’s life becomes intertwined with the destiny of the Cherokee Indians, as he falls in love with a girl named Claire, and builds a friendship with a chief named Bear.

Winter Moon – Dean Koontz

  • Policeman Jack McGarvey connects the killing spree of a Hollywood director with a vision witnessed by an old caretaker on a lonely Montana ranch.

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