From Homer Hickam, retired NASA engineer and the author of Rocket Boys and Back to the Moon, comes this touching memoir of life in a mining town in 1950s West Virginia.
"One for the books"
about growing up in a town that’s slowly fading away.
Homer and his close buddies, who call themselves the Rocket Boys, are high school seniors in 1959. Their rocket building experiments amaze the locals, thanks to top-quality moonshine for fuel, “liberated” materials, and Homer’s self-taught understanding of higher math. But no matter how brilliant their experiments are, they can do little to help preserve Coalwood’s way of life.