Rocket Boys

Rocket Boys

A Memoir

Book - 1998
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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.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, c1998.
ISBN: 9780385333214
Branch Call Number: HICKAM HIC
Characteristics: xii, 368 p.
Alternative Title: October sky

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kevinjtate
Dec 24, 2016

An inspiring memoir that features determination and team work. Very enjoyable read.

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mccannxgrande
Jun 16, 2015

The book was great, but it was slow at times. I would recommend this book to my friends.

AKerr70 Jun 03, 2015

A good book, as long as you are not being forced by your mom to read it within three days.

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Dixiedog2
Feb 23, 2014

While it was a dated book from a different era, it was a very entertaining book even for a teenage reader. Doctor-at-Bass! T. A.

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dixiedog
Feb 13, 2014

Rocket Boys – A Memoir by Homer H. Hickam Jr. – teenage prodigy, Vietnam veteran, Aeronautical Engineer, and former employee of NASA is a warm and very rewarding adult rated book; suitable for readers 16 years of age and older. The book was a little slow for the first fifty to sixty pages while Mr. Hickman describes his childhood and his arduous relationship with his father and older athletic brother Jim. He also describes in detail what life was like in a coal mining town in West Virginia in the 1950s. Homer was a typical teenage boy of the early space race era and perhaps this book may appeal more readers who were youngsters or teenagers in the period 1950-1970. The book picks up nicely when Homer and his friends build their first rocket so-to-speak; i.e., it performed more like a stick of dynamite than a shooting star. The author has a great sense of humour which is scattered sparsely throughout his book. The book grows on you and I personally hated to see it end. Homer’s story was made into the movie ‘October Sky’ which is also available at the Ottawa Public Library. The movie of course deviates somewhat from the book and while very entertaining, the book in many ways was better. Highly recommended by Senior Doctor-at-Bass! D. A.

Shsunon May 16, 2011

A great read--A boy's interest in rockets, his shaky relationship with his father explored. And his winning of a national science fair--true story---

Made into a movie--October Sky!!

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