Mister B could care less about being politically correct.
Best Memoir, 2016. A surprising odyssey begins when a chauffeur-cook on the verge of financial ruin decides to help a 98-year-old rocket scientist. The old man decides to teach her a few of his own life lessons, namely how to live forever.
Born in 1916, to a Polish-speaking mother, physicist Joseph Byk began his early schooling in rope-tied-baggy-pants-poverty. He was every teachers? dreaded student, however, he aspired to design vehicles that defy gravity. Joseph B IS the loveable, bumbling scientist portrayed in Nevil Shute’s romantic character, Mr. Honey, (Jimmy Stewart) in the movie, No Highway in the Sky.
For curiosity seekers of aerospace and structural science, how did it all start? Here is the story of a forgotten stress engineer whose philosophy, calculations, and outspoken opinions saved many lives. Greatest Generation story lovers, World War II hounds, and family members caring for aging parents think of Mister B as a national treasure.
A real-time memoir with a caregiver, Mr.B causes unsuspecting readers to become mindful of things that matter in many shades of life. As this materials analyst steps into a stress manufacturing field, his story encompasses his part in WWII and the cold war race to the moon against Russian flights. Joseph Byk stress tests reconnaissance planes and helped to design structural aspects of the space shuttle Gemini, the first moon landing gear, and the beginnings of Google Earth.
Hidden figures of NASA include not only brilliant women of color but also this underprivileged son of a Polish immigrant mother who pulled himself up by his bootstraps. If you like Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time, If I live to Be 100, by Neenah Ellis, or Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, you’ll love spending a week with MISTER B!
Armchair philosophers and would-be scientists appreciate Mister B?s wry interactions and shrewd pointedness, but is there more to what meets the eye?
Like: A Gentleman in Moscow
PRAISE FOR MISTER B:
“A wonderful book, brimming with humor and spirituality.?The characters are lovingly drawn and Byk provides her readers with a day-by-day recounting of how her life intersects with the indefatigable Mister B, whose memory seems almost photographic even at the age of 98! The book is enlivened by photographs from early-to-middle twentieth century America. A very worthwhile multi-generational read.” -Jan Kalickion
“Byk fully constructs Mr. B, from the Rhode Island coastal awe in his voice to his penchant for mustard on the peeled egg. In these small, perfectly executed moments, Byk brings her fascinating family to life for readers with warm and genuinely funny wit…” – KIRKUS REVIEW
A jaunty & terrific confessional of unusual love.?If you liked Driving With Miss Daisy, or No Highway in the Sky, Mister B’s survival tactics may also help you stay above the curve. – Verified Reader
The Modern American Memoirs by Annie Dillard, the Millionaire Next Door by Stanley and Danko, and the cultural vices portrayed in Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan prove that heritage matters when you live in a certain community.
This book SPINS AMERICAN LIKE COTTON CANDY.