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Shoeless Joe
Shoeless Joe | W. P. Kinsella
28 posts | 40 read | 14 to read
Ray Kinsella's fanatic love of baseball drives him to build a baseball stadium in his corn field and kidnap the author, J.D. Salinger, and bring him to a baseball game
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Cinfhen
Shoeless Joe | W. P. Kinsella
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#LilithJuly #DontDreamItsOver made me think of the movie Field of Dreams. An Iowa farmer hears a voice in his corn field tell him, "If you build it, he will come." He interprets this message as an instruction to build a baseball field, upon which appear the ghosts of Shoeless Joe Jackson & other baseball players. When the voices continue, Ray seeks out a reclusive author (J.D. Salinger) ??

Cinfhen to help him understand the meaning of the messages & the purpose for his field. Good stuff (even if you don‘t like baseball) ⚾️ (edited) 4mo
BarbaraBB I‘ve never heard of this one. It sounds good! 4mo
TrishB I‘ve heard of the film, but not watched. 4mo
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Cinfhen I really liked the movie 🍿 @TrishB @BarbaraBB it‘s one of those “feel good” types 😊don‘t know anything about the book 🤷🏼‍♀️ 4mo
JazzFeathers I remember the trailer for the film. This sounds better then l thought. 4mo
Bookwormjillk This is one of those rare cases where the movie might have been better 4mo
KarenUK Ah...Kevin Costner circa 1989..... #dreamy ! 😍💕 4mo
Centique I really liked this movie too! 4mo
Cinfhen Some books really just transition well on the big screen @Bookwormjillk @Centique @KarenUK and 1989 was a good year for Kevin Costner!!!! 4mo
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Bookwormjillk
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More great summer reading. This time it was the inspiration for Field of Dreams. I like the movie, and I‘m glad to have read the book.

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Bookwormjillk
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Working on my tan lines with Shoeless Joe

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Jeralyn
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The most magical and fantastical book I've ever read. I wasn't raised to believe that the Easter bunny was real, so reading this book is the honest to God first time I've ever felt like magic has existed in this world, whether it still does or not. This book is built on passion and dreams, I can only wish I was as passionate about anything as Ray kinsella is passionate about baseball.

suzisteffen I love this book so much! Great to see that people are still reading it. 7mo
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SleepyDragon
Shoeless Joe | W. P. Kinsella
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#humpdaypost #adaylate @MinDea @Robothugs
1. Kind of miss when we had freedom of speech
2. Shoeless Joe ➡️ Field of Dreams
3. Zero. They all died when I was pregnant 3 years ago, and we don't have the time to start over, inside or out.
4. PE, never been into sports
5. Lizards, assorted insects, black widows, kangaroo rats, ground squirrels, quayle, hawks, ravens, jackrabbits, road runners, desert foxes, coyotes, bats, bobcats, etc. It's fun here.

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SleepyDragon
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Evidently I'm not very picky. Every once in a while I try YA and MG, and I plan to try a few graphic novels, so even crossing those out isn't totally honest of me ... and one of my favorites is the tagged book, which is technically about a sport ... so ... really it's just romance and self-help I don't care too much for. Basically, I'll read almost anything. More #thisandthat than #thisorthat. 😁 #thisorthatgenre

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TheKidUpstairs
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Tamra 😄 Yes, magic corn. 2y
tournevis If you build it... 2y
Andrew65 @tournevis Ease his pain! 2y
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Andrew65 One of my all-time favourite movies. The ultimate feel good factor! 2y
Andrew65 Is this Heaven? 2y
lynneamch I got to hear him read from this other one many years ago. Really good, too. 2y
TheKidUpstairs @Andrew65 Dare I say the movie was better than the book? (I know, that's bookish blasphemy) 2y
Andrew65 @TheKidUpstairs Not often the case but it is here! 2y
writerlibrarian Oh clever... 👌🏻 2y
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Arkrayder
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Pickpick

I loved this story. Its one that will stay with me, it left me in tears after reading it. It is more than a book about baseball, but cherished memories and loved ones.

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Aims42
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Watching my favorite Cubs while reading the book that inspired 'Field of Dreams'. Yeah, can't say this is a bad Wednesday night ❤️⚾️🐻

Reecaspieces Nothing like baseball and books!! Even if you are a cub fan 😂😂😂 2y
Aims42 Haha, so true - thanks @Reecaspieces 🤣 I see Fowler is doing well with your Cards! 2y
Reecaspieces @Aims42 yes...but the cards are TANKING!! Oh well...the joys of ⚾️!! 2y
Aims42 @Reecaspieces haha you said it, watching 9 innings of it can be pure enjoyment or cruel punishment LOL 2y
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Aims42
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Iowa holds a special place in my heart. My parents grew up there, my sister went to college there and met her husband there and now her family has settled there. To me, Heaven is Iowa. #currentlyreading #shoelessjoejackson #wpkinsella #fieldofdreams

Chelsey That's one of my all time favorite movies. I didn't realize it was based on a book! Must read! Stacked! 2y
Aims42 @Chelsey Nice!! I've been meaning to read it for years and then my local used bookstore had it for $1 - SOLD! I love the movie as well ❤️ 2y
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MicheleinPhilly
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Thanks Pickles!

Cinfhen 😬😱 2y
drokka Whoopsie. 😲 2y
TrishB Naughty Pickles 🐶🐈 2y
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PurpleyPumpkin Oops! Pickles really devoured your shoe!😳😳😳 2y
Emiller 😮😮 2y
Hooked_on_books Oh no! I tell you, these dogs keep us on our toes! Naughty Pickles. 2y
Reecaspieces Been there....sigh...wouldn't trade it for anything 2y
ValerieAndBooks Oh no! 😱 hope they weren't too new. 2y
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TheKidUpstairs
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Mehso-so

Parts of this were beautiful. The last 1/4 was great. But for a lot of the book, I just wasn't engaged. I'm glad I read it, I didn't dislike it, but I didn't love it.

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TheKidUpstairs
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Unexpected time to myself tonight. Which means I can join in the #litsypartyofone! Reading about baseball while watching baseball. #letsgobluejays👏-👏-👏👏👏

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TheKidUpstairs
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For anyone wondering along with me last night, I found the answer in an old interview with Kinsella. Turns out, Salinger was none too happy with being portrayed in Kinsella's book. Which is why movie producers created Terrence Mann as a stand in for the Salinger character for Field of Dreams.
#nowyouknow

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TheKidUpstairs
Shoeless Joe | W. P. Kinsella
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Current wondering: did Salinger ever read Shoeless Joe? If so, what did he think of the book/his portrayal?

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TheKidUpstairs
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My father said he saw him years later playing in a tenth-rate commercial league in a textile town in California, wearing shoes and an assumed name.

#firstlinecurrentread #aprilbookshowers @RealLifeReading

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TheKidUpstairs
Shoeless Joe | W. P. Kinsella
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And now for something completely different...

This is part of my husband's collection. I don't usually go in for sports-based narratives. I love sports, I just find that if I'm going to read about them I tend to choose non-fiction. But I told myself I would try genres I don't usually read, so I'm going to try it out.

TheKidUpstairs Bonus: this also counts towards my April goal of reading books written before I was born. Published April 1982, I was born in October. Counts by 6 months! 3y
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Saknicole
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A ballpark at night is more like a church than a church

sprainedbrain I love that quote! So true. 😃 3y
Kimberlone 🙄 3y
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Cmhough
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Great baseball book

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brendanmleonard
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RIP WP Kinsella, age 81. Shoeless Joe is in my top five books of all time and I think it's one of the finest works of literature by a North American author. Go read it.

Dragon His Iowa Baseball ⚾️ Confederacy was a favourite book for years. The only sports book I've read and loved. If you build it they will come. 3y
drokka RIP :( 3y
GuiltyFeat I just heard about this yesterday. So sad. 3y
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shawnmooney
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tpixie Nice memorial. Thx! 3y
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librariankris
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Pickpick

#funfridayphoto Baseball is magical.

Bette Yep. 😊 3y
Yournewfriendsams I had no idea this was a book!!! Need to read asap 3y
librariankris Hope you enjoy it! @Yournewfriendsams ⚾️📚 3y
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brendanmleonard
Shoeless Joe | W. P. Kinsella
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So my copy of Barbarian Days is the only sports book I have with me...but y'all have seen that one a lot! 😂 So here's two different versions of one of my favorite books, period - with a promise I'll post more proper photos for the #augustphotochallenge on Sunday! I find books about sports, even though I'm not athletic, wind up teaching me so much about life. Shoeless Joe is one of them.

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AmandaL
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So I had to dig deep for the #bookphotochallenge #augustofpages #booksandsports theme. That copy of Shoeless Joe was from a college class two decades ago! The cycling book was a gift to my husband last year. And I think I bought that Geronimo Stilton during the last Olympics. 🙂🚵🏅⚾️

ReadingEnvy I live in the town of the Shoeless Joe Jackson museum! ⚾️ 3y
AmandaL @ReadingEnvy That's awesome! I love when books are set in places I've lived or visited. 😃 3y
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librariankris
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Fun Friday Photo. So many amazing Canadian authors!

brendanmleonard Shoeless Joe is in my top 5 books! Good choice! 3y
Julsmarshall Love Shoeless Joe! 3y
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GuiltyFeat
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Hey @Liberty, my favourite ending has Shoeless Joe Jackson disappearing into the (rye?) fields with Jerry Salinger and 'the catcher' who is the narrator's late father, and maybe our father too. Blub ad infinitum.

brendanmleonard I love this one. 3y
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Chiperskee
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Mr. Kinsella was kind enough to mail me a sticker with his signature.

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brendanmleonard
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Last one of these today! ? "Casey at the Bat" was published today in 1888, so here are four great baseball books! Shoeless Joe is an all time favorite. The only one I haven't read is "A Great and Glorious Game," but I love this piece that appears in it: http://bit.ly/1dHCWQY

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