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Rocket Boys - (Coalwood) by Homer Hickam (Paperback)

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  • #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - A "nostalgic and entertaining memoir" (People) about a group of young men who dreamed of launching rockets into outer space--the inspiration for the film October Sky "A message of hope in an age of cynicism. . . .
  • About the Author: Homer Hickam was born and raised in Coalwood, West Virginia.
  • 384 Pages
  • Biography + Autobiography, Science + Technology
  • Series Name: Coalwood

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About the Book



With the grace of a natural storyteller, Homer Hickam looks back after a distinguished NASA career to tell his own true story of growing up in a dying coal town and of how, against the odds, he made his dreams of launching rockets into outer space come true. 8-page photo insert.



Book Synopsis



#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - A "nostalgic and entertaining memoir" (People) about a group of young men who dreamed of launching rockets into outer space--the inspiration for the film October Sky

"A message of hope in an age of cynicism. . . . Perhaps we all have something to learn from a half-dozen boys who dared to reject all limitations . . . and resolved to send dreams roaring to the sky."--The San Diego Union-Tribune

It was 1957, the year Sputnik raced across the Appalachian sky, and the small town of Coalwood, West Virginia, was slowly dying.

Faced with an uncertain future, Homer Hickam nurtured a dream: to send rockets into outer space. The introspective son of the mine's superintendent and a mother determined to get him out of Coalwood forever, Homer fell in with a group of misfits who learned not only how to turn scraps of metal into sophisticated rockets but how to sustain their hope in a town that swallowed its men alive.

As the boys began to light up the tarry skies with their flaming projectiles and dreams of glory, Coalwood, and the Hickams, would never be the same.

With the grace of a natural storyteller, NASA engineer Homer Hickam paints a warm, vivid portrait of the harsh West Virginia mining town of his youth, evoking a time of innocence and promise, when anything was possible. Lush and lyrical, Rocket Boys is a uniquely American memoir: A powerful, luminous story of coming of age at the end of the 1950s, of a mother's love and a father's fears, and of growing up and getting out.



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Rocket Boys is a uniquely American memoir -- a powerful, luminous story of coming of age at the dawn of the 1960s, of a mother's love and a father's fears, of a group of young men who dreamed of launching rockets into outer space . . . and who made those dreams come true. With the grace of a natural storyteller, NASA engineer Homer Hickam paints a warm, vivid portrait of the harsh West Virginia mining town of his youth, evoking a time of innocence and promise, when anything was possible, even in a company town that swallowed its men alive. A story of romance and loss, of growing up and getting out, Homer Hickam's lush, lyrical memoir is a chronicle of triumph -- at once exquisitely written and marvelously entertaining.



Review Quotes




"A thoroughly charming memoir...[an] eloquent evocation of a lost time and place. . . . Mr. Hickam builds a story of overcoming obstacles worthy of Frank Capra, especially in its sweetness and honest sentimentality."
--Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, The New York Times

"[Hickam] is a very adept storyteller--.--.--.--It's a good bet this is the story as he told it to himself. It is a lovely one, and in the career of Homer H. Hickam, Jr., who prevailed over the facts of his life to become a NASA engineer training astronauts for space walks, that made all the difference."
--The New York Times Book Review

"Hickam has a great story to tell. . . . Rocket Boys will certainly strike a nostalgic chord in anyone who grew up during the early days of the space race, but its appeal goes beyond that. . . . Hickam's recollections of small-town America in the last years of small-town America are so cinematic that even those of us who didn't grow up there might imagine we did."
--The Philadelphia Inquirer

"A stirring tale that offers something unusual these days . . . a message of hope in an age of cynicism. . . . Perhaps we all have something to learn from a half-dozen boys who dared to reject all limitations . . . and resolved to send dreams roaring to the sky."
--The San Diego Union-Tribune

"Unforgettable . . . Unlike so many memoirs, this book brings to life more than one man's experiences. It brings to life the lost town of Coalwood, W.Va."
--USA Today



About the Author



Homer Hickam was born and raised in Coalwood, West Virginia. The author of Torpedo Junction (a Military History Book-of-the-Month Club selection) as well as numerous articles for such publications as Air & Space/Smithsonian and American History Illustrated, he is a NASA payload training manager for the International Space Station program and lives in Huntsville, Alabama.
Dimensions (Overall): 7.9 Inches (H) x 5.2 Inches (W) x 1.0 Inches (D)
Weight: .8 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 384
Genre: Biography + Autobiography
Sub-Genre: Science + Technology
Series Title: Coalwood
Publisher: Delta
Format: Paperback
Author: Homer Hickam
Language: English
Street Date: January 11, 2000
TCIN: 11339761
UPC: 9780385333214
Item Number (DPCI): 248-00-7667
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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4.5 out of 5 stars with 2 reviews

A small town boy with big dreams

4 out of 5 stars
smart student - 14 years ago
As Werner von Braun and his Cape Canaveral team as his inspiration, 14-year-old Homer Hickam decided in 1957 that he wanted to build and launch his own rockets into outerspace. In his view, that was his only way out of Coalwood, West Virginia, a mining town that nearly every young boy in Coalwood had a feuture at. Even his father, the mine superintendent figured that he would Sonny would end up working in the mine as well. Although Sonny's mother had higher ententions of her son to become something more than a miner.
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