Carrying Albert Home

Carrying Albert Home

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

Book - 2015
Average Rating:
Rate this:

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 Boys--the 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, 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.

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 Hickam's rollicking tale is ultimately a testament to that strange and marvelous emotion we inadequately call love.

Publisher: New York :, William Morrow,, [2015]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ♭2015
ISBN: 9780062325891
Characteristics: xvii, 398 pages :,illustrations


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

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.

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Subject Headings


Find it at PEPL

To Top