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  - Stahl-Ricco - LibraryThing

I picked this off of my bookshelf to honor the memory of the author, who just passed away last Friday. This particular copy is the one I bought at the Field of Dreams in Iowa on 9-16-01! (I know the ... Read full review

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User Review  - bookworm12 - LibraryThing

Most people already know this story through the film version, Field of Dreams. For anyone who isn’t familiar with it, it’s the story of Ray, an Iowa man who builds a baseball diamond in the middle of ... 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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