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Carrying Albert Home
Carrying Albert Home: The Somewhat True Story of a Woman, a Husband, and her Alligator | Homer Hickam
Big Fish meets The Notebook in this emotionally evocative story about a man, a woman, and an alligator that is a moving tribute to love, from the New York Times bestselling author of the award-winning memoir Rocket Boysthe basis of the movie October Sky. Elsie Lavender and Homer Hickam (the father of the author) 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, Elsies dreams of a life with him were crushed and eventually she found herself back in the coalfields, married to Homer. Unfulfilled as a miners wife, Elsie was reminded of her carefree days with Buddy every day because of his unusual wedding gift: an alligator named Albert she raised in the only bathroom in the house. When Albert scared Homer by grabbing his pants, he gave Elsie an ultimatum: Me or that alligator! After giving it some thought, Elsie concluded there was only one thing to do: Carry Albert home. Carrying Albert Home is the funny, sweet, and sometimes tragic tale of a young couple and a special alligator on a crazy 1,000-mile adventure. Told with the warmth and down-home charm that made Rocket Boys a beloved bestseller, Homer Hickams rollicking tale is ultimately a testament to that strange and marvelous emotion we inadequately call love.
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Gnora
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Tonight I got to tell Homer Hickam just how much his book Carrying Albert Home meant to me and he gave me a hug! 😍

This remains one of the most beautiful and enchanting books I have ever read and it has stayed with me and I feel it will be with me for a long time.

If you have not had a chance to go on this journey with Albert the alligator I implore you to pick up a copy at once! You won't be disappointed!

#recommend #authormeet

DebinHawaii I read this a couple of years ago & reviewed it on my blog. Such a sweet book & Mr. Hickman left some nice comments. 🐊💚Big love for him & for Albert! 5mo
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jenniferajanes
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Pickpick

This book was my genre busting title for #Booked2019. Part novel, part memoir, it was a fun read with various celebrities making appearances and the adventure of returning a young alligator to Florida. ⭐️⭐️⭐️/5.

Cinfhen Glad you enjoyed even if it wasn‘t perfect!!! 7mo
jenniferajanes @Cinfhen I thought it was great! It was entertaining, but it seemed to drag a little for me in the last half. I was ready for it to be over. 😜 7mo
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jenniferajanes
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My next read. This is my “genre busting” pick for #Booked2019.

Cinfhen I was curious about this one!!! 7mo
jenniferajanes @Cinfhen I‘m about 40% of the way through. It‘s interesting and entertaining so far! 7mo
Cinfhen So it‘s fiction??Memoir ?? 7mo
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jenniferajanes @Cinfhen Yes! That‘s why it‘s genre busting. It‘s both. 😉 7mo
Cinfhen I‘m gamed!! I think I‘m meant to do a buddy read of this book with @DivineDiana & @mrp27 🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️ 7mo
jenniferajanes @Cinfhen I‘m enjoying it. So far we have the couple, the alligator, a rooster, John Steinbeck, a moonshine runner, and a poet. 7mo
Cinfhen Ha!! All we need is the baker and candlestick maker 😜 7mo
jenniferajanes @Cinfhen I know, right?! Give it time. I‘m not quite halfway yet. Oh, and there‘s Buddy Ebsen. 😂 7mo
mrp27 @Cinfhen Yes! This has been on my tbr for a long time. We were gonna do a buddy read but now I don't remember when. I'm thinking it was summer since it's a #booked2019 prompt. 7mo
Cinfhen I think that sounds right @mrp27 so July /August ??? Perfect ! 7mo
jenniferajanes 🎉🎉🎉 I hope y‘all enjoy it, @Cinfhen , @mrp27 , and @DivineDiana . 7mo
mrp27 @jenniferajanes Thanks! @Cinfhen Yay! July/August is perfect! 7mo
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shellleigh33
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@DGRachel sorry I‘m little late posting but got the book in and love my super cute book marks. Had fun reading everyone‘s comments. Hope y‘all girls enjoyed. @Amanda61 @Kayla.Adriena #LMPBC #round4 #groupL

DGRachel No worries! Thank you for the extra time. 9mo
shellleigh33 Your welcome @DGRachel 9mo
Kayla.Adriena I enjoyed that book! Thanks for a great round! 9mo
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DGRachel
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Panpan

I hate to pan a book based on real people, but... I abhorred Elsie (the author‘s mom) and I never understood why she married Homer or why they stayed together. The story was a quick, easy read, but I would have bailed if not for bookclub. The “adventures” of the couple are farcical tall-tales that just made me roll my eyes. Although, admittedly, the Florida scenes made me homesick for Orlando & the Keys.

TheNerdyProfessor I remember looking at this one when it first came out. I'll skip it now! 9mo
DGRachel @TheNerdyProfessor Please don‘t just take my word for it. Mine is an unpopular opinion. The rest of my book club enjoyed it. 9mo
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DGRachel
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Proposed #MarchTBR. I broke it out into three sections - book club books that must get read, ARCs that release this month that *should* be read, and everything else. Hopefully, this will keep me from missing book club deadlines, but also gives me enough flexibility to read what I want without undo pressure. 😊

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Blueberry
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Mynameisacolour This cover is great! Stacking. 10mo
Cinfhen Ha!!! #GreatMindsThinkAlike my choice too and a book I hope to read this summer...planning an impromptu buddyread if you want to join🐊🐊🐊 10mo
Blueberry @Cinfhen a buddyread would be fun! It does sound like a good summer read😄 10mo
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Cinfhen
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#TimbitTunes #CarryMeHome Everything about this book, from it‘s title to the cover and the blurb just tickles my heart ❤️ Haven‘t read it yet, but was wondering if it would work for #genrebusting since it‘s a memoir fiction mashup?!??

4thhouseontheleft Sounds genrebusting to me! 10mo
Cinfhen Woohoo 🥳 thanks for the vote @4thhouseontheleft ❤️ 10mo
DivineDiana I am such a fan of Homer Hickam! Watched October Sky so many times!!! I love the idea of reading this too for #genrebusting! 10mo
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Cinfhen Maybe we can #buddyread @DivineDiana 🐊🐊🐊 10mo
goodbyefrancie I have this is my #Tbr mountain. Looking forward to getting to it one day! 10mo
jenniferajanes Thanks for the #genrebusting suggestion! I just realized I can borrow this through Kindle Unlimited! 🎉 10mo
Cinfhen Let me know how it is @jenniferajanes 💛 @goodbyefrancie it looks like a really sweet read (edited) 10mo
jenniferajanes @Cinfhen 👍🏻 10mo
Kalalalatja That cover is great 🙌 10mo
mrp27 This has been on my tbr for a long time. 10mo
DivineDiana @Cinfhen I like that idea! 🐊 10mo
Wife This has been in my stack for awhile. Thanks for reminding me how much I want to read it. I‘m doing what I call #StackAttack2019 this year and trying to read books that I‘ve acquired prior to 2019. 🌹 10mo
Cinfhen Love that idea @Wife I could definitely benefit with some ambushing my shelves😂 10mo
Cinfhen Let‘s try to read it and discuss it in person this summer @DivineDiana 😜I hope to be in Philly for some of August‼️ 10mo
Cinfhen You could join us for a buddyread @Wife @mrp27 👆🏽see above comment to @DivineDiana and if either of you will be in Philly lunch is on me💋💋💋 10mo
Wife I would be on board for a buddy read. Tag me with a start date!🌹 10mo
mrp27 I'm in for a buddy read and lunch in Philly would be awesome! I'll make it back to the east one of these days. 10mo
Cinfhen Ok @mrp27 @Wife @Blueberry @DivineDiana we‘ll #RoadTrip with Albert sometime in July/ August ????? 10mo
Wife Sounds good!👍🏻 10mo
DivineDiana Perfect! ❤️ 10mo
Blueberry 👍 10mo
mrp27 Sounds good! 👍🏼 10mo
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Kayla.Adriena
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Pickpick

Loved it! And thanks for this bookmark @shellleigh33 (am i meant to keep it?), I feel the quote on it embodies what Elsie was trying to do even though to me she seemed pretty unlikable much of the time. #LMPBC Round 4 #GroupL @Amanda61 @DGRachel

shellleigh33 Yeah ma‘am it is urs to keep 12mo
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shellleigh33
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Starting my book while enjoying my view in Cancun. #groupL #round4 # lmpbc

Kayla.Adriena Dang girl! I'll close my eyes and pretend the weather is like that in Ohio today 🙄😆 13mo
shellleigh33 @Kayla.Adriena it is so beautiful here!! 13mo
Crazeedi Lucky you! 13mo
CouronneDhiver 👙🌴 13mo
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Blueberry
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#Roadtrip books from my Goodreads lists...4 read and 2 tbr. #sizzlinsummerbooks

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DebinHawaii
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#90sinJuly #Drive I immediately thought of road trips & this sweet & fun book about a road trip the author's parents made with a pet alligator & a rooster along for the ride. I challenge you not to fall for Albert with his grins & yeah-yeah-yeah sounds & this madcap, "somewhat true" story of a 1,000 mile road trip in 1935. I'd drive with Albert & the rooster any time. ?????I borrowed a few photos from Mr. Hickam's website & my blog review.?

Robothugs Stacked! Sounds interesting! 2y
Cinfhen ❤️😎❤️ 2y
wen4blu I loved this one! 2y
Rissa1 Sounds amazing! 2y
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Carleneishere
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In case anyone is interested, the husband and I are road tripping across the US and Canada as we move from Alaska to Alabama. We're mostly hitting National Parks. Our trip photos will be on Instagram with the hashtag #AK2AL. This photo was his read on the Marine Highway ferry to Juneau! 🚙⛴🗺🇨🇦🇺🇸

ReadingEnvy Cool!! 2y
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Blueberry
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More from my TBR. One looks funny and the other is something I care about.

#Marchmadness #traveling
@NataliePatalie

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wen4blu
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Pickpick

I don't know what it was about this book, but I loved it. Elsie's former beau sends her a baby alligator as a wedding gift, which she raises as a pet until her husband's "it's me or him" ultimatum (her response, "I'll think it over"). All sorts of hijinks occur on the road trip to return Albert the alligator in this "somewhat true" tale.

Mdargusch This book sounds to interesting to pass up. I love the cover. ❤ 3y
DivineDiana Homer Hickam! From October Sky! Now, I'm interested! Loved his memoir! And the movie where he is played by Jake Gyllenhaal- fantastic! (edited) 3y
DebinHawaii I reviewed this when it came out and loved it and Albert so much! Great fun book! 👍📚 3y
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Bevita
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This book reminded me of the movie "Big Fish" -- was it real or not? Funny story about an alligator and a marriage, I got attached to that alligator Albert! 4 out of 5.

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Mamashep
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Still more catch up for #photoadaynov16 - this book has it all #planestrainsandautomobiles! #day2

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Dewonthekudzu.com
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Some of the books recently reviewed at the Dew. All of these ones winners to me.

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shawnmooney
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The title and gorgeous cover caught my eye at the bookstore today. The synopsis sounds crazy in an interesting way. Anyone read it?

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