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ISBN13: 9780385333214
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The #1 New York Times bestselling memoir that inspired the film October Sky, 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.

Now with 8 pages of photographs.

A number-one New York Times bestseller in mass market, brought to the screen in the acclaimed film October Sky, Homer Hickam's memoir, nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award, comes to trade paperback with an all-new photo insert.

One of the most beloved bestsellers in recent years, Rocket Boys is a uniquely American memoir. A powerful, luminous story of coming of age at the end of the 1950s, it is the story of a mother's love and a father's fears, of growing up and getting out. 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.

A story of romance and loss and a keen portrait of life at an extraordinary point in American history, Rocket Boys is a chronicle of triumph.

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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.

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In 1957, when fourteen-year-old Homer Hickam, Jr. (aka Sonny) watches Sputnik fly over his hometown of Coalwood, West Virginia, his life is changed forever. Knowing he wants to be part of the space race, Sonny and his friends, set out to learn as much as they can about launching rockets. Soon, these Rocket Boys wind up enlisting the help of everyone in the town — and blowing up some of Sonny's mother's best kitchenware in the process.

Set against a backdrop of miners' strikers, the beginning of the Cold War, and America's loss of innocence, "Rocket Boys" reads like a novel. It is an unforgettable story that will surely launch the dreams of a new generation.

About the Author

Homer H. Hickam, Jr., 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 Smithsonian Air and Space and American History Illustrated, he is a NASA payload training manager for the International Space Program and lives in Huntsville, Alabama.

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bclevents, September 13, 2012 (view all comments by bclevents)
This title is recommended by the American Library Association in conjunction with its Traveling Exhibit "Discover Tech - Engineers Make a World of Difference" which our Library is hosting in 2013. Our Library is considering this title for a monthly book discussion and a community read. The bestselling memoir tells the story of the author's life growing up in a harsh West Virginia mining town, and how he grew up to become a NASA engineer. It's appropriate for young adults and adults.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385333214
Author:
Hickam, Homer H., Jr.
Publisher:
Delta
Author:
Hickam, Homer H.
Author:
Homer Hickam
Author:
Homer H. Hickam, Jr.
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Historical - U.S.
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Aeronautics & Astronautics
Subject:
Space vehicles
Subject:
Scientists
Subject:
National aeronautics and space administration
Subject:
Aerospace engineers
Subject:
Scientists - General
Subject:
Hickam, Homer H.
Subject:
Aerospace engineers -- United States.
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biography-Scientists
Subject:
memoir;biography;science;space;autobiography;non-fiction;west virginia;rockets;nasa;fiction;coal mining;coming of age;history;rocketry;appalachia;physics;rocket science;1950s;space exploration;engineering;family;aerospace;space race;boys;american;mining;h
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
no. 30
Publication Date:
20000131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
7.97x5.23x1.11 in. .74 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , 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.
"Synopsis" by , In 1957, when fourteen-year-old Homer Hickam, Jr. (aka Sonny) watches Sputnik fly over his hometown of Coalwood, West Virginia, his life is changed forever. Knowing he wants to be part of the space race, Sonny and his friends, set out to learn as much as they can about launching rockets. Soon, these Rocket Boys wind up enlisting the help of everyone in the town — and blowing up some of Sonny's mother's best kitchenware in the process.

Set against a backdrop of miners' strikers, the beginning of the Cold War, and America's loss of innocence, "Rocket Boys" reads like a novel. It is an unforgettable story that will surely launch the dreams of a new generation.

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