Chasing space (leland Melvin)

Library Journal - December 12, 2017

Leland Melvin’s memoir, Chasing Space: An Astronaut’s Story of Grit, Grace, and Second Chances (6 CDs. 7:30 hrs. Harper ­Audio. May 2017. ISBN 9781538416167. $29.99), details his life from National Football League glory to a career as a NASA researcher and astronaut to then championing STEM education and taking a side trip into reality TV. Narrator Ron Butler’s self-deprecating and wry tone flawlessly echoes Melvin’s message, subtly capturing painful emotions of racial discrimination, perseverance through injury, and grateful appreciation for his Christian faith and family. There are so many appealing aspects here—not to mention the dogs.                                                                                                       — Mary Burkey

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