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Dinner & A Book - Rocket Boys

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Episode #1109 - Rocket Boys

Join me and my guest Doug Farmwald as we discuss Rocket Boys by Homer Hickam, Jr., this year’s One Book, One Michiana selection about boys building rockets in a West Virginia coal mining town at the time of the first Russian Sputnik. We’ll prepare church food from the Coalwood Methodist Church cookbook on Dinner and a Book.

With the grace of a natural storyteller, NASA engineer Homer Hickam paints a warm, vivid portrait of the harsh West Virginia mining town of his youth, evoking a time of innocence and promise, when anything was possible, even in a company town that swallowed its men alive. A story of romance and loss, of growing up and getting out, Homer Hickam's lush, lyrical memoir is a chronicle of triumph—at once exquisitely written and marvelously entertaining.

Original Airdate: March 24, 2012