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Homer Hickam, bestelling author of Rocket Boys, from which the critically acclaimed movie October Sky was based, looked no further than his upbringing in the small coal-minning town of Coalwood, West Virginia, to answer this question. Built in the inhospitable hollows of the Appalachians, Coalwood was a company-owned town. Its residents were miners: a dangerous occupation where death from accidents and black-lung disease was commonplace. Women toiled tirelessly to keep their homes free of the ever-accumulating coal dust that seeped into every nook and cranny.
For an outsider looking in, this might appear to be a place where fear and apathy ruled. As Hickam so poignantly describes, however, Coalwood's residents were in fact filled with a sense of purpose and driven by a set of four attitudes about living that make them resilient and fearless in the face of everyday danger: we are proud of who we are; we keep our families together; we stand for what we believe; and we trust God but rely on ourselves.
Through Hickam's recollections and those of other Coalwood residents, you will learn their antidote to fear, both real and imagined. Since September 11, 2001, the world as we know it will never be the same. By following the simple, homespun wisdom in this beautifully written book, you can discover the strength and courage inside of you to live a happy life, to love yourself and others, to trust and be trusted, and to be vigilant but never afraid.
Number of Pages: 242
|Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 (inches)|
Today, fear affects even the strongest of us. Sometimes it's immediate, caused by a sense of imminent danger-the kind we felt after terrorists destroyed the magnificent World Trade Center, tore a giant wound in the Pentagon and killed thousands of people. But sometimes fear becomes a normal way of life.
In his best-selling memoir "October Sky" (aka "Rocket Boys"), Hickam introduced us to the rugged town of his youth, Coalwood, West Virginia, and the people who took on the hazardous and often brutal enterprise of coal mining. To survive and prosper, these people relied on an approach to living that would get them through hard times with an almost unnatural resilience. Over a lifetime, they learned to take on these attitudes: We are proud of who we are. We stand up for what we believe. We keep our families together. We trust in God but rely on ourselves. These attitudes are summed up in the Coalwood Assumption: WE ARE NOT AFRAID Through poignant memories of his youth, best selling author Homer Hickam helps lead you beyond fear to find the courage and strength to live more happily and look toward to future with optimism.