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Carrying Albert Home: The Somewhat True Story of a Man, His Wife and Her Alligator Summary

From the best-selling author of Rocket Boys - the basis of the movie October Sky - comes a long-awaited prequel.

Big Fish meets The Notebook in this emotionally evocative story about a man, a woman, and an alligator that is a moving tribute to love, from the New York Times best-selling author of the award-winning memoir Rocket Boys - the basis of the movie October Sky.

Elsie Lavender and Homer Hickam (the father of the author) were high school classmates in the West Virginia coalfields, graduating just as the Great Depression began. When Homer asked for her hand, Elsie instead headed to Orlando, where she sparked with a dancing actor named Buddy Ebsen (yes, that Buddy Ebsen). But when Buddy headed for New York, Elsie's dreams of a life with him were crushed, and eventually she found herself back in the coalfields, married to Homer.

Unfulfilled as a miner's wife, Elsie was reminded of her carefree days with Buddy every day because of his unusual wedding gift: an alligator named Albert she raised in the only bathroom in the house. When Albert scared Homer by grabbing his pants, he gave Elsie an ultimatum: 'Me or that alligator!'

After giving it some thought, Elsie concluded there was only one thing to do: carry Albert home.

Carrying Albert Home is the funny, sweet and sometimes tragic tale of a young couple and a special alligator on a crazy 1,000-mile adventure.

Told with the warmth and down-home charm that made Rocket Boys a beloved best seller, Homer Hickam's rollicking tale is ultimately a testament to that strange and marvelous emotion we inadequately call love.

©2015 Homer Hickam (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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    • Carrying Albert Home: The Somewhat True Story of a Man, His Wife and Her Alligator

    • By: Homer Hickam
    • Narrated by: Adam Verner
    • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
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    From the best-selling author of Rocket Boys - the basis of the movie October Sky - comes a long-awaited prequel. Big Fish meets The Notebook in this emotionally evocative story about a man, a woman, and an alligator that is a moving tribute to love, from the New York Times best-selling author of the award-winning memoir Rocket Boys - the basis of the movie October Sky.

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  • Book 1

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    • Paco: The Cat Who Meowed in Space

    • By: Homer Hickam
    • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
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    Homer Hickam recalls his first years as a NASA engineer, while also telling the story of his fluffy black and white cat Paco, who had the magic ability to make people smile and give them hope. But when Paco was struck down by a disease that left him unable to walk, Hickam was faced with a terrible decision, let his beloved cat live in misery or put him to sleep. Before that decision could be made, the space mission Hickam was working on needed to be rescued and there was only one sure way to save it: Paco's magic meow!

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    • From Rocket Boys to October Sky

    • By: Homer Hickam
    • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
    • Length: 2 hrs and 34 mins
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    Since the publication of the #1 bestseller Rocket Boys: A Memoir in 1998 and the premiere of the movie October Sky in 1999, many Homer Hickam listeners and fans have wondered how and why he wrote the book, and how the movie was made. Incidental to that are such questions as "What is Jake Gyllenhaal, Chis Cooper, Laura Dern, etc. really like?" and "What's it like to have a movie made about your life?" and "Why are the book and movie different?" and "Why are both book and movie still so popular after all these years?" The answers to those questions and a lot more are in Homer Hickam's new audiobook From Rocket Boys to October Sky.

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