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We Are Not Afraid: Strength and Courage from the Town That Inspired the #1 Bestseller and Award-Winning Movie (Coalwood)

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Today, fear affects even the strongest of us. Sometimes it's immediate, caused by a sense of imminent danger-the kind we felt after terrorists destroyed the magnificent World Trade Center, tore a giant wound in the Pentagon and killed thousands of people. But sometimes fear becomes a normal way of life.

In his best-selling memoir October Sky (aka Rocket Boys), Hickam introd
Paperback, 264 pages
Published February 1st 2002 by Hci
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Daniel  Greear
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
My favorite author of all time and a great, great American. Homer Hickam exemplifies America in every possible way. His story and the story of his hometown are everything good and great about our country. I found a lot of strength in myself by reading this book.
Angela Brackeen
May 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Has fear been a big part of my life? Yes, so much so that my husband began to point out how often I said, as I lived my life, “that’s just scary.” Even around my children—I was making them fearful, too!

Thankfully, Providence led me to Homer Hickam’s book, We Are Not Afraid.

There couldn’t be a much more fear-inducing life to live than one in a coal-mining town of the 1940s and ‘50s, like the one in which Mr. Hickam grew up. Nor one that taught lessons in how to live a life that carries on in spit
Ann Amadori
Jun 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Every teen and adult in America should read this book wherein Homer Hickam describes the sources of the strength and courage that characterized the people of his hometown, Coalwood, West Virginia. He combines his narrative with funny stories and his own life experiences. All of the families who lived in Coalwood were involved, one way or another, in the dangerous business of coal mining. The mine was 700 feet below the surface and men were killed or injured now and then. The people had to learn ...more
Andy Nguyen
Jul 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Homer's writing is simple, and that is his strength. He talks about right and wrong, courage and cowardice, perseverance and lethargy with a clarity that is refreshing from the post-modernism complexity that is so prevalent in many books. His conviction, though strong, does not border on dogma however. He may espouse a lot of conservative ideas, but he's no Rush Limbaugh. If you are looking for beautiful prose with complex arguments, you should look elsewhere. But if you look for someone whose w ...more
Feb 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Not exactly what I was expecting, though I guess I wasn't sure what to expect to begin with. What I did like early in the book were the life lessons being presented, and applying them to my own life. It was also special to learn even more about Coalwood, a town a lot like my hometown, a little slice of heaven. The book however did feel a bit overwhelming with the religion overtones, and perhaps a little too america rah rah for me as a Canadian. All in all, thanks for the wonderful books Mr Hicka ...more
Mar 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
A really great book! This true story told by Homer Hickam is about his life growing up in Coalwood, West Virginia and was very inspiring on how to keep strength and courage alive and not be afraid despite your circumstances. To never give up, to believe in and stand up for yourself, to know our ancestors gives us the knowledge for who we are, to put family well as many other ways to keep fear out of our life.
Aug 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic read. Author is entertaining and yet tells a heartfelt tale from his childhood. The honor and courage that comes along with growing up in Coalwood. Makes me want to read everything else he has written!
Jun 06, 2010 rated it liked it
Rather disappointed in this one. A bit too preachy for me. Yes, I admire the "Coalwood Way." But, Hickam presents it as almost a religion in this book. Perhaps all his success with best sellers, a wildly successful movie, and the demand for him as a speaker has gone to Homer's head.
Mar 12, 2010 marked it as to-read
I love homers book and i even got to meet him and I saw the school went to which has a elemetry school on the footballfeild
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Homer Hickam (also known as Homer H. Hickam, Jr.) is the author of many best-sellers including his latest, Carrying Albert Home. An eclectic writer, he wrote the "Coalwood Series," which includes the # 1 New York Times best-selling memoir Rocket Boys, the popular World War II-era "Josh Thurlow" series, the juvenile sci-fi "Crater" series, the adult thriller The Dinosaur Hunter, the romantic Red He ...more
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