Hickam's latest book is a little different from the other feel-good stories that emerged nationwide after the September 11 attacks. What sets his stories apart is where they all take place: the mining town of Coalwood, W.Va., the setting for his bestselling memoirs Sky of Stone and October Sky. In this inspirational guide to overcoming fear, Hickam shares anecdotes from his life, mainly having to do with the values he learned in the small, humble town of Coalwood. Each chapter explains one of the "Coalwood Attitudes" ("we are proud of who we are"; "we stand up for what we believe"; "we keep our families together"; and "we trust in God but rely on ourselves"); Hickam then finishes by delivering the kicker (or "The Coalwood Assumption," as he calls it): "we are not afraid." Although it would be easy to dismiss his yarns and advice as hokey or cutesy, Hickam's retelling of a wholesome upbringing in Coalwood is quite touching and heartening, providing assistance for the uncertainty many Americans have dealt with recently and will continue to face in the months ahead. "In today's world, fear seems to be everywhere," he writes. "If you want to stop being afraid... this book can help by teaching you a philosophy of life that will fill your heart and soul with a sense of well-being and confidence." Reading about how Hickam handled bullies in the fifth grade or how he didn't let fear overcome him while fighting in Vietnam may not change what happened last September, but it will give readers the gumption to persevere when the going gets rough. (Feb.)Forecast: It's obvious HCI is not afraid of betting on this book: they're planning a $100,000 ad campaign, a 20-city TV and radio satellite tour and appearances on morning news and daytime talk shows. The 400,000-copy first printing ensures they'll be ready for the run.
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Homer Hickam is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller October Sky (aka Rocket Boys) which received a National Book Critics Circle nomination and was named a New York Times Notable Book of 1998. He is the author of the "Coalwood Trilogy" (October Sky, The Coalwood Way and Sky of Stone), Back to the Moon and Torpedo Junction. He is also a decorated Vietnam combat veteran, retired NASA engineer, an Olympic torch-bearer, and the holder of Alabama's highest award for heroism. He lives with his wife in Huntsville, Alabama. Click here to visit Homer Hickam's website.See all Editorial Reviews
This book is inspiring. If you need an additional voice on the value of knowing where you come from, what is important to you such that you will fight for it, how to understand... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Cathy Maiolo
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... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Tran Ba Khoi Nguyen
This book is well written, and I enjoyed learning about Hickam's life. This book is worth sharing with friends. This will make an excellent gift.Published on August 25, 2013 by Wendell F. Wentz
I bought this because I like his Coalwood series and the people who made up the town. I don't agree with anything said about Religion or the Idealist one sided presentation of... Read morePublished on March 26, 2013 by Retired EE
It's a different type of book than any of Hickam's Coalwood memoirs that everyone has come to love. It is more self-help based, and there are some good points in there. Read morePublished on December 27, 2012 by E. Cunningham
I got this for my husband. He started to read it but it wasn't what he thought it was going to be about. He was not interested. Read morePublished on October 26, 2012 by Sara
I'm a fan of Homer Hickam. I met him at a Mars Society convention. He was a guest speaker. A real down to earth man who likes people. Read morePublished on May 3, 2012 by Thomas Erickson
Always a fan of Homer Hickam... So I am not sure he could ever write something that I wouldn't like. Read morePublished on November 10, 2009 by Diane M. Glover
I read this book. It changed my life for the better. Enough said. Hickam is very gifted. Who are his people? You'll be surprised.Published on April 2, 2002