As part of our Best Books of 2013 coverage, our editors weigh in on some of their personal favorites from the list.

Astronaut wives

On April 9, 1959, the world was introduced to the Mercury Seven—instantly turning America’s first astronauts into mega-celebrities. Along for the ride were their wives, swept up in a whirlwind of swanky parties, LIFE magazine photo shoots, even tea with Jackie Kennedy. Lily Koppel turns the spotlight on these women, interviewing more than 30 of them to craft a fascinating and touching account of the good, the bad and the ugly of their extraordinary lives.

Read our review and an interview with Koppel about the book.

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