Shoeless Joe

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1999 - Fiction - 265 pages
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More than the inspiration for the beloved film Field of Dreams, Shoeless Joe is a mythical novel about “dreams, magic, life, and what is quintessentially American” (Philadelphia Inquirer).

“If you build it, he will come.” These mysterious words, spoken by an Iowa baseball announcer, inspire Ray Kinsella to carve a baseball diamond in his cornfield in honor of his hero, the baseball legend Shoeless Joe Jackson. What follows is both a rich, nostalgic look at one of our most cherished national pastimes and a remarkable story about fathers and sons, love and family, and the inimitable joy of finding your way home.


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User Review  - martinhughharvey - LibraryThing

Audiobook. This was the Kinsella book that became the movie 'Field of Dreams'. Can't recall the movie well enough to say how it differs but the book was delightful. The nostalgia and love for the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Scott_Hercher - LibraryThing

It is difficult to read this book after seeing the movie. The film is, of course, a classic baseball movie, and so I found myself anticipating certain scenes, and noticing that certain lines occur in ... Read full review

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About the author (1999)

W. P. Kinsella (1935-2016) was the author of numerous works of fiction, including the best-selling Shoeless Joe, for which he won the Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship, The Iowa Baseball Confederacy, and eleven highly acclaimed short story collections.

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