Guest Blog: A Year-End Round-Up

Lofty Ambitions has been posting pieces by guest bloggers for more than a year now. We’ve been grateful to be able to share a wide range of voices, ideas, and topics with our readers, all the while remaining focused on the blog’s main interests of aviation and space exploration, science of the twentieth century and beyond, and writing as a couple.

With the holidays coming up and the calendar year’s end nearing, we decided to use this December guest blog spot to point out some of our guests’ books, just in case you have some holiday shopping to do or need a reading treat for yourself. We also have some non-book suggestions too!

To see all guest blog posts, click on the menu tab for “guest blogs.”


The Boiling Season by Christopher Hebert, a novel due out in March

Welcome to Shirley by Kelly McMasters, a memoir about growing up nuclear

Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl by Sandra Beasley, a memoir about allergies that is a Goodreads nomination for Best Food & Cooking

Celluloid Strangers by Eric Wasserman, a novel set in post-WWII Los Angeles

The Time It Takes to Fall by Margaret Lazarus Dean, a novel set on the Space Coast

Friendly Fallout 1953 by Ann Ronald, nuclear short stories

The Resurrection Trade by Leslie Adrienne Miller, a poetry collection (Y is forthcoming)

the weight of dew by Daniela Elza, a poetry collection due out in April

Truth, Lies and O-Rings by Allan J. McDonald, nonfiction about Challenger

Challenger Revealed by Richard C. Cook, nonfiction

The Berlin Candy Bomber by Gail Halvorson, nonfiction

AC/DC’s Highway to Hell by Joe Bonomo, nonfiction


The film Welcome to Shirley, based on Kelly McMasters’s memoir, made it into Sundance Film Festival this year. Watch the trailer HERE.

Ken Kremer had slideshow featured in Scientific American in August. View those photos HERE.

Lylie Fisher is showing some of her artwork in the exhibit The Space Between at the American Center for Physics gallery in College Park, Maryland, through May 4, 2012.

The Roger and Roberta Boisjoly Challenger Disaster Collection is housed at Chapman University. You can access the finding aid HERE, but there’s a lot more materials to come as they get sorted and catalogued from the many boxes from Roger’s garage.

Joe Bonomo has a piece in the first online issue of The Bellingham Review.

Christopher Cowen’s An Article of Hope was shown at the Atlanta Film Festival and L.A. Jewish Film Festival.

WE ALSO RECOMMEND the work of our new colleague Tom Zoellner. He joined Chapman University’s faculty this fall, and we’d already read his book Uranium, for which he made an appearance on The Daily Show. Tom’s new book, A Safeway in Arizona: What the Gabrielle Giffords Shooting Tells Us about the Grand Canyon State and Life in America, is due out later this month and is available for pre-order at Powell’s HERE.

Tom and Anna will appear together on the panel “Fallout & Facts: Creative Nonfiction in the Nuclear Age” at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference on March 2, 2012, in Chicago. Both Tom and Anna will sign books on March 3 at the conference bookfair (Table D-21), which is open to the public that Saturday. Other “Fallout & Facts” panelists include Kristen Iversen, M .G. Lord, and Jeff Porter—all of whom have books available or forthcoming soon that are of interest to us here at Lofty Ambitions.


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