What was it like to be on the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station? Is the food really freeze-dried? How do you use the toilet in space, and what's the best kind of underwear to pack? Former NASA astronaut Terry Virts answers all these questions, and ones you didn't think to ask, in How to Astronaut: An Insider's Guide to Leaving Planet Earth.
A former fighter pilot, Virts writes in an entertaining and slightly snarky voice ("Rodent research required several enormous MO-1s (NASA acronym for big-ass bag)."), delivering more laugh-out-loud moments than you might get from other astronaut memoirs such as Scott Kelly's Endurance or Chris Hadfield's An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth. But he still offers thought-provoking and sometimes surprising insights, such as commentary about political interference in the space program and his reflections on God while doing a spacewalk, and he even includes suggestions for the coming generation of explorers and space tourists. How to Astronaut is a fine addition to a growing genre. - Michelle (Sunset)