Carrying Albert Home

Carrying Albert Home

The Somewhat True Story of A Man, His Wife, and Her Alligator

Book - 2015
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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, Elsie's dreams of a life with him were crushed and eventually she found herself back in the coalfields, married to Homer. Unfulfilled as a miner's 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.
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ℗♭2015
ISBN: 9780062325891
Characteristics: xvii, 398 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Hickam, Homer H. 1943- Rocket boys.


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When author Homer Hickam's parents were first married, they had an alligator named Albert that they kept as a pet in their West Virginia home. Albert was a wedding present from Elsie Hickam's former boyfriend, the actor Buddy Ebsen, who she met while she was living in Orlando, Florida. When Alb... Read More »

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Dec 23, 2017

I did not complete this book. I found the early tone of the book sad and a bit depressing.

cmlibrary_anickerson Mar 09, 2016

Kept my attention. Fantastic Walter Mitty type stories. If just one of them is true I have lived a pretty boring life.

coroboreefarm Mar 06, 2016

As the author Homer Hickam reflects,..."it is a family legend which , through the art of story-telling, unveils the greatest truths of life, joy, heartbreak, recovery and love".
Quirky and interesting, and just plain fun, this is an entertaining and uplifting read. The perfect road trip for a spring break.

Katjira Nov 08, 2015

I LOVED this book - I laughed and cried and wondered and dreamed throughout it. The story of Homer and Elsie as told by their son years later was a fabulous story, so well suited to a film that I've practically bought my ticket already! The story is told in short, simply written vignettes interspersed by commentary from the author. Bigger than life yet all about the very things that make up a life - questions of love, purpose, worth, and your place in the world. Thank you HarperCollins for the e-galley of this book.


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