Books That Inspire 2011

Rocket Boys: A Memoir
Homer H. Hickam Jr.

Rocket-Boys: A Memoir (movie: October Sky) goes beyond being merely a story of a young boy following his dreams. It reminds me of an era of strong family values, teachers halfway into grave still managing to inspire students to believe in themselves and a town that forgets the differences within and comes together to help local boys win the National Science Fair. It stands as a testament to the American "can-do" outlook and the mindset of a "tinkerer."

What with the talk of another "Sputnik moment" around, here's a book that tells a story of success achieved through setbacks, struggle and a "never-say-die" attitude!

Chintamani Jog
Doctoral Candidate