In his self-help book, An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me About Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything, the seasoned astronaut Col. Chris Hadfield describes his years of training and space exploration to show how anything is possible. Hadfield describes his life, beginning from his childhood to the present, describing how his interest in space developed, and the obstacles he overcame to make his dream of being an astronaut a reality.
The book begins with Hadfield describing how he came to realize his dream of being an astronaut in the year 1969, at only nine years old. After watching Neil Armstrong walk on the moon on a TV in his hometown in Canada, Hadfield decided that he wanted to become an astronaut. Despite many obstacles against him, for example the fact that Canada didn’t even have a space agency at the time, Hadfield trained and studied how to fly planes and finally was chosen to be an astronaut after a series of interviews. Hadfield then talks about his various space explorations, and the skills and characteristics he learned as a result of his career.
This book is a national bestseller, and in my opinion, rightfully so. Hadfield writes this book in such a way that it feels as if he is right there with you as you’re reading. His writing style is very casual, but still inspirational. He gives a lot of advice that he learned from going to space, that still holds relevance back here on Earth. I enjoyed reading this book because I learned a lot about my view on life, and how to overcome obstacles. There was never a moment where I was bored with this book, as a result of Hadfield’s honesty. I would recommend this book to teenagers and ages above, because I think that people of those ages would be able to understand all of Hadfield’s advice, and use it in their own life.
Check out An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me About Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything by Col. Chris Hadfield from the Fairfax County Public Libraries
Book Review by Nandhana Nair