Rocket Boys by Homer Hickam

Rocket Boys

By Homer Hickam

  • Release Date: 1998-09-15
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
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Description

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.

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.

Reviews

  • My New Favorite

    5
    By PÅRTŸ ÅŃĮMÅŁ
    So, I've got to say, anyone who's considering not reading this, please do. It's genre may end with ography but it really can keep your attention the entire way. Thank you Mr. Hickam
  • Rocket Boys

    5
    By Rocket Boys
    A awesome book and life guide.
  • 🚀👱🏼😍

    5
    By 👍👍❤️😃
    Best book I have ever read I love the history included in it. I recommend it to anyone
  • Wow . . .

    5
    By Flyguy42301
    This book is incredible! I chose to read it for a school project, and I was not disappointed! This book is extremely well written, and you will definitely love this true story of determination leading to success.
  • Rocket Boys Soars

    5
    By bev-o
    From the start, this story captured my attention and I was along for the ride. From the descriptions of Sonny's family, the townspeople, the business of mining and the puzzle of rocket flying...all of it was described in enough detail to keep the pages turning. Every time I had the time, I wanted to return to Rocket Boys and discover how far they'd take their interest in rocket launches. I saw the film a long time ago, but I wanted to jump in and follow the boys, not only when deep into their project, but in their day to day as well. This book's written with plenty of heart and humor. Sonny Hickam is a full-fledged American boy with a dream. In the end, he tackled all that growing up meant, he honored and stayed true to his friends and he made his parents proud. A story about tapping into inner reserves and finishing what you set out to accomplish. Looking forward to others in this series.
  • Rocket boys new favorite book

    5
    By Freshmen in high school
    This started out as a school summer reading project. I picked it because I had seen bits and pieces of the movie, this Book is better than the movie. It is a wonderful memoir full of many emotions. IT IS THE BEST BOOK I HAVE EVER READ.
  • Words Cannot Describe!

    5
    By HAYLEYOSTRICH
    This book is amazing! I saw the movie that I had gotten for Christmas and I realized that there was a book. I spent the money (Some from Christmas) on this book and it was totally worth it! It has inspired me to do exactly what they did in rocketry. And I read this for a Science and Literature book report; perfect for both!
  • Great book

    5
    By SC-Sportsman
    One of the finest books I've read in years!
  • <3

    5
    By Tloko3316
    FAVORITE BOOK OF ALL TIME
  • Powerful and Unique

    5
    By Horn17
    This book is a great read. It has everything that a fictional work might have, but is a true story. Awesome, Sonny!

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