Books to Make the Most of Her Personal Space

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hide captionGabrielle Giffords' attention is divided between her political race and the action in space.

Gabrielle Giffords

Gabrielle Giffords' attention is divided between her political race and the action in space.

Gabrielle Giffords is having a busy summer. Here on Earth — specifically, in the state of Arizona — the former state senator is a Democrat in a wild six-way primary race. The winner will compete for the seat of U.S. Rep. Jim Kolbe, a Republican who is retiring from Congress. Meanwhile, in space, her boyfriend Mark Kelly is piloting the shuttle Discovery and overseeing spacewalks.

In between knocking on doors, shaking hands and watching the skies, Giffords is finding a surprising amount of time for reading... much of it in airports. She tells Sheilah Kast what's in her bookbag.

Gabrielle Giffords' Book List

Cover of 'First Man: The Life of Neil Armstrong' shows Armstrong in space helmet.

hide captionBoyfriend Mark Kelly gave Giffords this Neil Armstrong biography.

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Political candidate Gabrielle Giffords' book choices reflect two summer missions of interest: her race for Congress and boyfriend Mark Kelly's adventures aboard the space shuttle Discovery:

First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong, by James R. Hansen. (Yes, it was a gift from Mark Kelly.) "As the book opens, it was very similar to what I experienced a couple of days ago. [The opening scene] takes place in 1969 on a warm day in July at the Kennedy Space Center... It's neat reading that book alongside what Mark is doing right now."

The Heartless Stone: A Journey Through The World of Diamonds, Deceit, and Desire, by Tom Zoellner. Zoellner, a journalist, had an engagement ring returned to him. His response? "He sets off across six continents to figure out where these diamonds come from, and why, in our culture, the diamond is considered a symbol of eternal love."

An Inconvenient Truth, by Al Gore. "Whether or not you like Al Gore or not, I strongly recommend everyone to read this book."

She would like to read The End of Faith, by Sam Harris... another work of non-fiction. "It's about religion and terror, and the future of our country and the future of our planet."

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First Man
First Man

The Life of Neil A. Armstrong

by James R. Hansen

Hardcover, 769 pages | purchase

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The Heartless Stone
The Heartless Stone

A Journey Through the World of Diamonds, Deceit And Desire

by Tom Zoellner

Hardcover, 293 pages | purchase

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  • A Journey Through the World of Diamonds, Deceit And Desire
  • Tom Zoellner
An Inconvenient Truth
An Inconvenient Truth

The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It

by Albert Gore

Paperback, 325 pages | purchase

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  • The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It
  • Albert Gore
End of Faith
End of Faith

Religion, Terror, And the Future of Reason

by Sam Harris

Paperback, 348 pages | purchase

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  • Religion, Terror, And the Future of Reason
  • Sam Harris

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