* Publishers Weekly quote is from first edition published in 2001
In this warm, intimate book of notable moments of her life, Dr. Mae Jemison writes of going from a fear of heights as a child to dancing in orbit as a NASA astronaut and the first woman of color in space. Unexpected, humorous and engaging stories chronicle growing up on the Southside of Chicago making mud pies, dance classes, science projects, navigating gang territories and riots, starting engineering at Stanford University at age sixteen, medical school, working in Africa – despite that the world already had a job picked out for her . . . but not the one she wanted.