My Dream Of Stars
Space may be the final frontier, but its exploration is an inner-search into ourselves, our origins, our essence. This book is about the first Muslim woman, the first Iranian, to go where only a lucky few have been privileged to venture. She did so because even as a little girl it was her dream, and the pursuit of that dream provided a lifelong understanding of who she truly was.
Anousheh Ansari was able to reach for the stars because she amassed wealth here on Earth. She didn't inherit it. She came to America after the Iranian Revolution. There she became a co-founder of ttiwhich then she and her partners sold for a fortune. She used that fortune to promote space including sponsoring the SpaceX Prize.
Homer Hickman, more famous for his book Rocket Boys, co-authored the book. Actually, I'm pretty sure he did most of the writing as is typically the case. My Dream Of Stars is an interesting journey on one woman's thirst to reach the cosmos, and yet, it was slightly disappointing.
I'm not saying this book isn't worth the read, it definitely is, but I felt like from the very start that that the book was too glossy. By this I mean a little too happy, superficial go-lucky and not enough insight. I kept wanting the personal challenge to rise up while reading this. I'm not sure it ever truly did.
The best part of the book was the section of Ansari's time on the ISS. I wish that section had been longer and I wish there had been an aftermath to the story instead of essentially cutting it off when she lands back on Earth. Still, it was interesting to read of her personal dream and how it came about.
If you enjoy space then you'll probably find this light read compelling. Ansari is right in her assertion in the book that we don't spend enough time educating people on the history and prospects of man's voyage into the stars. Can you name the first man in space? Most people can't. Had you heard of Ansari before this post? You see the point.
I give this a 4 of 5 on the rating scale. Hopefully it encourages you to glance up more often at night and realize how far as a species we have yet to go.