SHSU Common Reader Program

The Book Selection

The overarching goal of the Common Reader Program is to provide a campus-wide common intellectual experience, leading to informed and educated perspectives about complex subjects. To this end, a university-wide committee has selected An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth, by Canadian astronaut Col. Chris Hadfield, as a fitting and challenging choice for the SHSU Common Reading Experience. Themes in An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth address timely, relevant, and cross-disciplinary topics affecting our students.

Credit: © 2016 CHRIS HADFIELD INC. and Veritasium. Space imagery courtesy of NASA and the ESA; Music by Kevin MacLeod "New Frontier" http://incompetech.comand "Eureka" by Huma-Huma.

About An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth

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  • An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth
Publisher Summary

Col. Chris Hadfield has spent decades training as an astronaut and has logged nearly 4000 hours in space. During this time he has broken into a Space Station with a Swiss army knife, disposed of a live snake while piloting a plane, and been temporarily blinded while clinging to the exterior of an orbiting spacecraft. The secret to Col. Hadfield's success-and survival-is an unconventional philosophy he learned at NASA: prepare for the worst-and enjoy every moment of it

In An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth, Col. Hadfield takes readers deep into his years of training and space exploration to show how to make the impossible possible. Through eye-opening, entertaining stories filled with the adrenaline of launch, the mesmerizing wonder of spacewalks, and the measured, calm responses mandated by crises, he explains how conventional wisdom can get in the way of achievement-and happiness. His own extraordinary education in space has taught him some counterintuitive lessons: don't visualize success, do care what others think, and always sweat the small stuff. 

You might never be able to build a robot, pilot a spacecraft, make a music video or perform basic surgery in zero gravity like Col. Hadfield. But his vivid and refreshing insights will teach you how to think like an astronaut, and will change, completely, the way you view life on Earth-especially your own.

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Credit: © 2016 CHRIS HADFIELD INC.