A Secret Gift

A Secret Gift

How One Man's Kindness and A Trove of Letters Revealed the Hidden History of the Great Depression

Book - 2011
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"A wonderful reminder that economic hardship can bring suffering but can also foster compassion and community." - The Boston Globe

In hard economic times like these, readers will find bestselling author Ted Gup's unique book uplifting as well as captivating. Inside a suitcase kept in his mother's attic, Gup discovered letters written to his grandfather in response to an ad placed in a Canton, Ohio, newspaper in 1933 that offered cash to seventy-five families facing a devastating Christmas. The author travels coast to coast to unveil the lives behind the letters, describing a range of hardships and recreating in his research the hopes and suffering of Depression-era Americans, even as he uncovers the secret life led by the grandfather he thought he knew.

Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, [2011]
Copyright Date: ©2010
ISBN: 9780143120001
Branch Call Number: 977.162 Gup
Characteristics: 369 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 21 cm

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