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Rocket Boys by Homer Hickam
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Jun 17, 2012

really liked it
Read in October, 2006

This is one of the best-written memoirs I've ever read. Homer Hickam's story was made into an excellent movie, "October Sky," but as usual the book is much better. It is simultaneously a story of a boy's passion for learning, a retrospective of post-war rural America, and a classic coming-of-age story that accesses all the triumph and poignancy of adolescence. This book may be a rude awakening both for those with a halcyon vision of the happy '50s, and for those who abhor the idea of the conformist prosperity of the age--it's characters, despite living in a coal-mining company town, are every bit as complicated, lovable, stubborn, and despicable as ourselves.

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