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"A stunning memoir from the astronaut who spent a record-breaking year aboard the International Space Station – a candid account of his remarkable voyage, the journeys that preceded it, and his colorful formative years." Inside book cover comments. ...more
Hardcover, First Edition, 400 pages
Published October 17th 2017 by Alfred A. Knopf
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Petra X's grass is 5' tall.$250 to cut it.
The blurb was better than the book. If this book had been entitled "The story of my life, including a Year I Spent in Space", I might have enjoyed the book more. Instead if was a feat of ... endurance. I had wanted to read about space not a biography.

The author comes from a family where both parents are cops, there is domestic violence and the father and his cop friends think it's fun to have shooting matches sometimes using his son't craft projects as targets. Nice family. That is the most inte
Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
You might have noticed that when I read nonfiction, I read some pretty crazy topics all over the place. This time! We're delving into space. REAL SPACE. Not Your Sci-fi Space Lite ™. And this is precisely the reason why you have to read real space memoirs, especially if you're a sci-fi fan. Space just got real, and it's meaner than you've ever thought.

For those who don't know what I'm talking about – this is the review of Scott Kelly's memoir, and he is the cool dude who spent a year i
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bookish
The worst argument I ever had with my dad when I was growing up was over astronauts. We were at the dinner table and I had remarked that astronauts had to be superior and my dad argued that they had to be 'normal'. Dad thought that normal meant a human body that functioned as it was supposed to, and I thought superior meant they had abilities--physical and cognitive--that most of us don't have.

After reading Endurance by Scott Kelly I stand by my pre-teen opinion. What Kelly achieved and what he
Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery is a memoir written by Scott Kelly. A former NASA astronaut, Scott Kelly is best known for spending nearly a year on the International Space Station (ISS) and (as of October 2015) for spending more time in space than any other American. He's also a former military fighter pilot and test pilot, an engineer, a retired U.S. Navy captain, a twin to another NASA astronaut Mark Kelly, a father, a son, and an ex-husband. This book is not only about Sc ...more
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: repeatable
All the stars for this one, fittingly. Best read of the year, and more.

I want to write a love song to this one but am not up to it.

I do keep wondering if this was written completely by Kelly or with a ghost writer. It doesn’t matter to me, I just wonder how to place my abundance of kudos.

If Kelly, not a professional writer, created this on his own I want to shower his with the praise. If he worked with another writer, I want to tell them that they did a fantabulous job making this seem so rea
Hai Quan
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Horace Derwent
Shelves: read-second-time
SOS... SOS ...please, can someone tell me I am crazy or out of my mind? If I am normal then why I am terrified when I am reading this book?
Yes, can you imagine Hommo Sapiens will be able to set their feet into another planet beside that useless glob of rock, LA LUNE ?
AIN'T it enough they have turned this planet earth into Hell already?
Beside natural factors that create the scarcity of food,drinking water and adequate shelter is wars that increase that scarcity far more seriously.
Wars certainly
Jamie Collins
I very much enjoyed the details of life on the space station, and I liked the discussion of some of the differences between NASA and Roscosmos.

I was a little put off, however, by the negative tone of the book. Even the title must rankle with other astronauts who would give anything to “endure” a year in space, yet that’s a good description of Kelly’s experience as related here. I think he was just trying to be realistic, but his complaints seemed effusive and heartfelt while he only gave only li
Karen’s Library
Wow! 5 gazillion stars to this amazing memoir by Astronaut Scott Kelly. I loved this even more the second time around. I met both Scott and now wife Amiko a couple of years ago and I was utterly starstruck.

Original review: When Scott Kelly spent his year in space, I followed him on social media and was in awe over his earth art photos that he took and posted daily! I watched his interviews from the space station, his antics as a space gorilla, and everything I could. I cried with relief when I
Connie G
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Astronaut Scott Kelly wrote a stellar memoir about his year in the International Space Station. He also tells about his adventurous childhood, and his years of training to become an engineer, a fighter pilot, and a test pilot. Both Scott and his twin brother, Mark, were selected to be astronauts and they each completed four spaceflights.

Scott appreciates the cooperation and genuine friendships that developed among the astronauts from the US, Russia, and other countries. He's in awe of the beauty
Holly Socolow
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Endurance, the aptly borrowed title documenting Shackleton’s year in Antarctica , is about Scott Kelly’s record-breaking year on the International Space Station (ISS) and the challenges therein. I ended up reading the first half and listening to the second half of the book due to new release availability at my library. I found reading the book easier to follow with the chapters alternating in time between his present mission on the ISS, and his formative family experiences and years of training ...more
This is Kelly’s memoir of his year on ISS (International Space Station). Kelly has done four trips to ISS. This year long stay was part of a medical experiment to discover what effects time in space had on the human body. Scott’s identical twin brother, Mark Kelly, stayed on earth as a control subject. Kelly is a Navy Captain, fighter pilot and an engineer. It was fun to learn about the day to day information about life on ISS.

The book is well written. Kelly also described the difference between
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All the stars in the universe! As memoirs go, this is top-notch! If you like science, you need to read this book. I listened to the audiobook, narrated by Scott Kelly himself, and was hooked from start to finish. For me personally, I find it very hard to critique a memoir. I mean, it is that person's story, it is up to them how they choose to tell it. This being said, even if I was a better reviewer I would have a hard time finding anything to critique within this book. Detailing everything from ...more
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nasa
I received a free copy of this e-book from the publisher (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review.
I’m an absolute sucker for astronaut biographies, so I had to read this. There haven’t been a ton of books written by astronauts who have flown on the ISS. Scott Kelly is a Shuttle astronaut as well as a Russia-launched ISS astronaut, so he speaks about spaceflight from multiple perspectives. His military background comes across strongly in the way he writes – straight forward, tell it like
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
When I was a kid, I wanted to be an astronaut (like pretty much every other kid out there). To hear that Scott Kelly volunteered to spend a year in space to advance science and to further the mission to Mars completely thrilled the kid still in me. This book of his experiences during that year spent in the International Space Station, along with his journey to get there, is absolutely fascinating and inspirational.

Kelly writes with the clear-eyed and straightforward voice of a scientist. Yet hi
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's difficult not to enjoy an astronaut's autobiography. Thanks for sharing your adventures with us, and for the sacrifices you have made in the name of science and exploration, Scott Kelly! ...more
Scott  Hitchcock
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: history

While interesting and informative it was so dry and textbook like. Worth the read if you're interested in space but don't expect any excitement.
Monica Fumarolo
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
*ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley - thank you! This in no way impacted my opinions of this book.*

Astronauts are always going to be a mystery to me. After all, there's nothing really on earth that can compare to visiting the stars, for however long or short a time. Kelly's journey to becoming an astronaut as well as his year aboard the ISS is nothing short of amazing. Yet, at the same time, it helped de-mystify this illusive group to me - astronauts are people too, and they only get to
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science, 2017, real-life
An excellent slice-of-life view aboard the International Space Station - along with smoothly interwoven stories through Scott Kelly's life to how he got to the opportunity to spend a year in space. I can't wait to see if an audiobook version comes out, if it does and Scott Kelly reads it, fantastic! ...more
Nov 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Almost every review of this book, I'll bet, will begin something like this: "When I was a kid, outer space was fascinating...I dreamed of being an astronaut." I wholeheartedly agree with the first part; it was true of me then - back in the '50s when the National Aeronautics and Space Administration was founded, and it is true now that I've reached septagenerian status. But beyond that, flying 900 feet in the air under a parasail firmly attached to a heavy cable is about as high as I ever want to ...more
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
The best non-fiction book I have read in a long time. A few months ago I was watching a documentary on PBS about Scott Kelly and the effects that living on the International Space Station (ISS) had on his body after an entire year. Scott has an identical twin (also an astronaut) and so it was groundbreaking science to be able to compare him to his twin after the year in space - the goal being to learn how to humans could adapt to a space flight to Mars.

This book covers Scott Kelly's life - from
3.5 stars

I accidentally put this on hold while looking for Shackleton’s book, but that turned out for the best. Scott Kelly was inspired by Shackleton when creating his own memoir. Kelly is a present-day astronaut, most recently spending a year in space at the ISS to be a guinea pig and learn what long-term space living does to the body. He was on his way to juvenile delinquency when he read The Right Stuff. It moved him so much, he turned his life around and worked hard to become an astronaut.

Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Scott Kelly has done a very good job of relating his experiences as an astronaut in a way that someone without technical knowledge can understand. Some of his stories made me laugh out loud. It did kind of drag for me near the end, but his book sparked my interest in the ISS, NASA, and a possible mission to mars.
Helga Cohen

Endurance was a memoir by Kelly about his record-breaking year on the International Space Station (ISS) and the challenges. The book alternates chapters from his present mission and his years of training as an officer and pilot and his family life. It touches on the Challenger and Columbia explosions and his sister-in law Gabby Gifford getting shot. Scott has an identical twin, Mark (also an astronaut) so the twin studies are groundbreaking science to compare him after a year in space. Tom Wol
Aug 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, space
In alternating chapters Scott Kelly tells the story of his remarkable year in space on the ISS, and of the life and career that put him there. He’s obviously led an interesting life and has accomplished so much, and he recounts plenty of stories and fascinating facts about living in space (yes, including toilet stuff). But there’s something missing. Despite the amazing things he’s seen/done/felt, he tells his story in such a flat, matter of fact way, with no real sense of wonder, personality, or ...more
Michelle Mallette
Nov 04, 2017 rated it liked it

Scott Kelly has spent 340 continuous days on the International Space Station - more than any other American astronaut. That record is likely to stand for a while, since his honesty and candour in describing the experience could give other candidates second thought! Along with Russian cosmonaut Mikhail “Misha” Kornienko, there for the same length of time, and other astronauts on shorter missions, Kelly faced mind-blowing challenges while maintaining the ISS and conducting numerous science experim
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Book Description
A stunning memoir from the astronaut who spent a record-breaking year aboard the International Space Station--a candid account of his remarkable voyage, of the journeys off the planet that preceded it, and of his colorful formative years.

My Thoughts
Scott Kelly’s life story is inspiring. From his early life, to his decision to become an astronaut, to the year he spent on the International Space Station, this is one man’s amazing narrative. I am definitely a fan of science fiction
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I did listen to the audio for large chunks of it, narrated by Scott himself, and I found this added a nice element to an already very personable and interesting story.

Chapters alternate between the "now" (2016) in which Scott spent almost a year on the ISS, and his journey from a kid through to NASA's decision to send him up for this mission, and there is plenty of humour and heart.

Laura Peden
Aug 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
A really cool memoir by astronaut Scott Kelly, the veteran of four space flights and the American record holder for consecutive days spent in space. This was a relatively long audiobook - 13 hours/400 pages, however I flew through this in one day. This was totally out of my comfort zone but I’m so glad I hit play. Listened via Libby, speed 1.55x
Thomas Ray
Feb 05, 2019 rated it liked it
The international space station has mold growing on the walls. There’s no water to wash hands—or anything else. Most of the water the occupants have to drink is the imperfectly-processed urine of the group. The less said about defecating in zero gravity, the better. Any object that drifts off—be it an important tool or a blob emanating from a human body or laboratory animal—will float to who-knows-where, and stay there. The author went months without changing clothes. The carbon dioxid
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've never had a burning desire to leave my home planet, but being a kid of the '80s, the space program has always intrigued me. My interests may still be childlike: how do astronauts pee, cut hair, and drink coffee in zero gravity, and the like. Scott Kelly, in his ultra direct manner, kindly enlightened me on all counts, plus many I hadn't considered (like how long it takes to prepare for a space walk). His memoir is told in dual time: most chapters cover bits of his yearlong mission on the In ...more
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Scott Kelly is a former military fighter pilot and test pilot, an engineer, a retired astronaut, and a retired U.S. Navy captain. A veteran of four space flights, Kelly commanded the International Space Station (ISS) on three expeditions and was a member of the yearlong mission to the ISS. In October 2015, he set the record for the total accumulated number of days spent in space, the single longes ...more

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