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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Carrying Albert Home: The Somewhat True Story of a Man, His Wife and Her Alligator by Homer Hickman - Book Blog Tour Stop and Review

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About Carrying Albert Home

 Hardcover: 432 pages
 Publisher: William Morrow (October 13, 2015)

The long-awaited prequel to the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir Rocket Boys—the basis for the movie October Sky.
Elsie Lavender and Homer Hickam Sr.—the future parents of Homer Hickam Jr.—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 in Florida every day because of Buddy's unusual wedding gift: an alligator named Albert who lived in the only bathroom in their little house. Eventually Homer gave Elsie an ultimatum: "Me or the alligator!" After giving it some thought, Elsie concluded there was only one thing to do—carry Albert home.
Carrying Albert Home tells the sweet, funny, and sometimes heartbreaking tale of a young couple and their special pet on a crazy 1,000-mile journey. Told with the warmth and down-home charm that made Rocket Boys a beloved bestseller, Homer Hickam's rollicking novel is truly a testament to that strange and marvelous emotion we call love.
My Thoughts:
I'm going to go out on a limb here and proclaim two things!
1. I am pretty positive that "Carrying Albert Home" is The Best Book I have had the pleasure of reading this year.  It will be my unequivocal number one book of 2015!
and ...
2. I declare that Homer Hickman is one of the best writers of our times. His way with words grab you by the collar and pulls you into his delightful world of fun and mayhem and you are all the better for it at the end of the ride.  I rank him right up there with fellow Southern authors Pat Conroy and Rick Bragg.
Oh my goodness, this was a great read!  Full of quirky, unique and endearing characters, full of fun and action, and full of great family drama and lots and lots of humor!  Hickman spins this story of his mother and father's epic journey to take the family pet alligator back to Florida and along the way the two meet up with some of the best adventures, although they might not have seemed too great at the time. 
Set during the 1930s, Elsie, Hickman's mother, has a penchant for getting her and her husband Homer into the oddest situations - breaking up a "Communist" mill strike with John Steinbeck in North Carolina and becoming a baseball sensation and a millionaire for a minute in South Carolina are just a sampling of the couple's adventures as they travel from the West Virginia coal fields to the beaches of Orlando, Florida - just to take Elsie's beloved pet alligator Albert (a wedding present from actor Buddy Ebsen) back to his home. 
This is a novel that you want to take your time and savor each and every charming moment of pure reading pleasure.  I am absolutely honored to have been asked to review this book and I cannot highly recommend it enough!  Go Get This Book!!!  You'll be glad you did!
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About Homer Hickam:

Homer Hickam (also known as Homer H. Hickam Jr.) is the bestselling and award-winning author of many books, including the #1New York Times memoir Rocket Boys, which was adapted into the popular film October Sky. A writer since grade school, he is also a Vietnam veteran, a former coal miner, a scuba instructor, an avid amateur paleontologist, and a retired engineer. He lives in Alabama and the Virgin Islands.

Find out more about Homer at his website, and connect with him on Facebook and Twitter.

My thanks to TLC Book Tours for including me on this tour and to William Morrow Books for providing the review copy.  I was not compensated for my opinion.

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Beth Hoffman said...

Fantastic review! I'm adding this book to my list right now. Thanks for the heads-up, Sharon.

Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

I already knew I wanted to read this book but now I'm moving it to the top of my list!

Thanks for being a part of the tour.