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.
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.
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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