Title: Carrying Albert Home
Authors: Hickam, Homer
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 398
Year: 2015
Language: English
Description: Albert is an alligator and the improbable wedding present to Elsie and Homer Hickam, residents of the West Virginian coalfields. With Homer's ultimatum of 'him or me' becoming the catalyst to return Albert home, time is up on his occupation of their only bathroom. Their 1000-mile road trip to Florida will garner them more than enough adventures to last a lifetime: from bootleggers and bank robbers to meeting Ernest Hemingway and John Steinbeck.

Quirky and endearing, this is the legendary tale of the author's parents rendered in a delightful blend of fact and fiction.

Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"It is funny, quirky, slightly unbelievable yet at the same time, surprisingly convincing. What's not to love about this book?"

"I enjoyed the folksy good humour and warmth and the interesting variety of adventures encountered."

"This was one of the most uplifting, fun books I've read for a long time."

"Parts are laugh out loud funny, parts are utterly ridiculous, parts are touching and sweet. You are either going to love it or hate it."

"A fascinating and delightful story."

"I can't fault the book – it is an unpretentious, memorable book which is fun, simple and easy to read."

"An easy, light-hearted book."

Categories: Fiction, Adventure/Exploration, Faction, Love story, Relationships, America, 2018 Titles


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By: NEWP 018 2018-07-25 14:18:54
A mixed reaction to this book. People either loved it, or hated it and struggled to finish it. All agreed that the wife was a difficult person to like - although she somewhat redeemed herself toward the end.

By: ASHB 016 2018-05-27 18:09:56
I loved this book - it was such a great story but whether much of it was true or not, who knows? There was a background of truth, especially as some of the older members knew the actors etc. There was definitely a mixed reaction to this book - at least half didn't like it at all, thinking it was ridiculous and a waste of time. The other half liked it and just thought it was a good story. And there is an alligator at that golf course... great discussion!

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