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Shoeless Joe Jackson Comes to Iowa: Stories Paperback – 31 Oct 1993


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  • Paperback: 141 pages
  • Publisher: Southern Methodist University Press,U.S.; 1st Southern Methodist University Press Ed edition (31 Oct 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870743562
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870743566
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.5 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,097,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ten stories deal with a farmer who loves baseball, a carpenter repairing a broken doll, a clever prostitute, and a wandering salesman.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 April 1998
Format: Paperback
I first saw the movie Field of Dreams when I was in the 3rd grade, I loved the movie so much. Then in the 6th grade my teacher started to read us the book, but never even came close to finishing, I was disappointed. Then, this year (10th grade) I read it over Christmas break, and I couldn't put it down. I have never read a book that could calm me down and not make me sleepy. I had to get my wisdom teeth out and I was currently reading that book, everytime I got nervous I read the book and it relaxed me! I recomend this to anyone who likes baseball or just loves to read. Even if you don't like to read I still recomend it! It is better than the movie and I still think the movie is good, there is just to much to capture. I could read that book again and again! So, I recomend it to everyone!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 May 2001
Format: Paperback
I basically bought the collection because Field of Dreams is one of my favourite films, despite the fact that I have no interest whatsoever in baseball. Basically I love the idea of someone striving, against all odds, and in the face of criticism, what he believes to be the correct thing to do. It is the perfect "optimist" concept in terms of the written word. The other stories are equally enjoyable, the characters having a depth with which you can identify. My only regret is that I can't obtain the novel "Shoeless Jo", only the story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. B. Ercin on 25 Feb 2005
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A fine collection From the author WP Kinsella, featuring the opening chapter to what later became the novel Shoeless Joe, and then the immensly popular feature Field of Dreams, this is a vast display of Kinsellas touch for using fantasy to portray the emtions we all experince in life. Stories ranging from that of a doomed aluminium salesman who seems destined to spend the rest of his life picking up girls at airports, a struggling teenager searching for belonging and meaning in life, and the superbly atmospheric and mysterious Sister Ann in the cornfields. A beautiful collection from an author an intriuging perspective on life. Well worth a read.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
This is the best book I have ever read. 26 April 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I first saw the movie Field of Dreams when I was in the 3rd grade, I loved the movie so much. Then in the 6th grade my teacher started to read us the book, but never even came close to finishing, I was disappointed. Then, this year (10th grade) I read it over Christmas break, and I couldn't put it down. I have never read a book that could calm me down and not make me sleepy. I had to get my wisdom teeth out and I was currently reading that book, everytime I got nervous I read the book and it relaxed me! I recomend this to anyone who likes baseball or just loves to read. Even if you don't like to read I still recomend it! It is better than the movie and I still think the movie is good, there is just to much to capture. I could read that book again and again! So, I recomend it to everyone!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Some very good stories... 31 May 2000
By Michael Delaware - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed this book as any Kinsella fan would. I found some of the stories true gems, but others I found somewhat uninteresting. This is not Kinsella's greatest selection, but it shows a different side of the author and some of the stories are more adult oriented content. I enjoyed the stories 'Fiona the First', 'Shoeless Joe Jackson Comes to Iowa', 'A Picture of the Virgin' and 'A Blacksmith Shop Caper' as the real good ones. Those alone are worth the book, so you won't be disappointed overall.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Chapter 1 of novel SHOELESS JOE is this book's title story! 1 Oct 1998
By ANN KNIGHT - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
"Fiona the First," the opening story in this collection, was cited for excellence by Stanley Elkin and Shannon Ravenel in the 1980 edition of BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES.
Speaking to bibliographer Ann Knight in 1983, Kinsella admitted that a few details from this story are semi-autobiographical: "The lady who keeps saying, 'He can put his shoes under my bed,' I saw at a Vancouver Mounties game in Seattle in 1954." And, "the business about the stewardess trying to give away a baby happened to me and a young lady at the Vancouver International Airport in 1970 or '71."
These stories celebrate particular relationships: between father and son, brother and sister, perfect strangers, a spiritual icon and her admirers, doctor and patient, father and daughter, bowling buddies, etc. They are classic Kinsella. No fan of his opus will want to overlook these initial, "adult-oriented" adventures into the regions of Magic Realism. These tales are Icarus flyers; they tempt the sun to melt their wings.
Large Fan of Kinsella 12 Aug 2013
By dettel - Published on Amazon.com
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I am 70 years old and one big fan of classical Baseball. I grew up as a Brooklyn Dodger fan; hate the NYY. But in my zeal I have grown to love W. P. Kinsella who has written some of the best baseball stories, especially about Shoeless Joe Jackson. I am sure you will enjoy "Shoeless Joe Jackson Comes to Iowa: Stories" as much as "Field of Dreams", baseball fan or not.
Almost five stars 10 Jun 2013
By M. Chessey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The book was in excellent condition, but NOT like new. Someone had written in it; it was obviously a gift to someone a few years back. I was going to use it as a gift!
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