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Sally Ride’s Public And Private Life Shared In New Biography

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The public work and the private life of one of America's space pioneers is the subject of a new biography. And it's one with a special resonance for San Diego.

Astronaut Sally Ride spent the last decades of her life here in San Diego, working to promote opportunities for girls in science. She was a special guest at KPBS on several occasions.

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Author Lynn Sherr

The writer doing the exploration of this American hero was also her close friend.

Journalist and former ABC correspondent Lynn Sherr joined KPBS Midday Edition to discuss her new book, "Sally Ride: America's First Woman in Space."

Sherr writes in depth about Ride’s carefully guarded private life, including her 27-year relationship with Tam O’Shaughnessy:

“That she could not, or would not, openly identify herself as a gay woman, reflects not only her intense need for privacy, but the shame and fear that an intolerant society can inflict even on its heroes. And the consequences of that secrecy on many of those close to her.”

About the author:

Lynn Sherr is an award-winning broadcaster and author who spent more than thirty years at ABC News, including more than twenty as a correspondent with 20/20. She anchored and reported on the NASA space shuttle program from its inception in 1981 through the Challenger explosion in 1986. And she was one of forty semifinalists in NASA;s Journalist-in-Space competition, which was ultimately disbanded. Sherr’s numerous awards include an Emmy, two American Women in Radio and Television Commendation awards, a Gracie Award, and a George Foster Peabody Award. Her previous books include "Swim: Why We Love the Water," "Outside the Box," "Tall Blondes: A Book About Giraffes," "America the Beautiful" and "Failure is Impossible: Susan B. Anthony in Her Own Words." Swim was named a Washington Post Notable Book of 2012 and one of The Economist’s Best Books of 2012. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, Parade, Reader’s Digest, More, and other publications. A graduate of Wellesley College, she lives in New York City.


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