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Appalachian Heritage Writer-in-Residence : Writer-in-Residence 2014

Meet the Author

Homer Hickam's official website provides a  biography, a bibliography, his blog,  photographs and links to explore.

What is a "memoir?"

"Rocket Boys" is labelled a memoir, not a biography. What sets these two words apart?

Memoir, as defined online by Merriam-Webster Dictionary   is a written account of someone or something that is usually based on personal knowledge of the subject

A biography, defined by the same source, is the story of a real person's life written by someone other than that person


An essay written in the American Scholar by William Zinsser describes how to write a memoir.

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Homer Hickam interview

YouTube interview with Homer Hickam (part one) by WOUBPBS. Interview properly starts at 1:45. Parts two and three of the interview are also on YouTube.

Selected Books by Homer Hickam

      Rocket boys : a memoir / Homer H. Hickam, Jr
                    TL789.85.H53 A3 1998


     The Coalwood way / Homer Hickam
                     PS3558.I224 Z464 2000


    Sky of stone / Homer Hickam
                  PS3558.I224 S58 2001


Other works by Homer Hickam, including several novels, can be located with WorldCat Discovery using either the author's name or the title of the book.

All of these titles are available in the library's  general collection.