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Rocket Boys by Homer Hickam
Jan 11, 2000 | ISBN 9780385333214
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    Jan 11, 2000 | ISBN 9780385333214

  • Mass Market Paperback $8.99

    Feb 16, 1999 | ISBN 9780440235507

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    Sep 15, 1998 | ISBN 9780385333207

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    Apr 01, 1999 | ISBN 9780440333876

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"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


Memphis/Shelby County Public Library “Same Book Same Time” County-Wide Reading Pick of 2004 WINNER

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