An Invisible Thread

The True Story of An 11-year-old Panhandler, A Busy Sales Executive, and An Unlikely Meeting With Destiny

Schroff, Laura

Large Print - 2012
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
An Invisible Thread
Baker & Taylor
This inspirational true story of a friendship that has spanned three decades recounts how the author, a harried sales executive, befriended an eleven-year-old panhandler, changing both of their lives forever.

Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Wheeler Pub., 2012
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 1410447863
Branch Call Number: LG PRINT 974.71 S
Characteristics: 363 p., [8] p. of plates (large print) : ill. ; 23 cm.
Additional Contributors: Tresniowski, Alex


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Nov 18, 2014
  • d2013 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Busy with her own agenda as a sales executive it was never in her plans to stop that day but something made her go back and by this act of kindness it changed her life and that of an 11 year old panhandler forever. A beautiful inspiring true story!

Aug 01, 2014
  • sweetpea43 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A good read - sometimes shocking in the content - but an honest portrayal of life in the streets and projects of New York.

Jul 15, 2014
  • TheresaAJ rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This nonfiction work reads like a novel which should promote an interesting discussion at the July Willa Cather Book Club. Although Laura Schroff and Maurice Mazyck come from different economic worlds, they share a common bond of abusive childhoods. This quick read follows the 10-year journey from an almost missed encounter on a Manahattan street to a mother-son relationship that changes both their lives. This book is a good choice for a book club as it explores the themes of overcoming adversity, family, and good vs. bad choices.

Feb 09, 2014

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Sep 29, 2013

Would prefer hard copy over paperback.

Apr 07, 2013
  • circlesquare rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This book and these lives embody this quote: If we could look into each other's hearts and unique challenges each of us face, I think we would treat each other more gently, with more love, patience, tolerance and care." Marvin J Ashton.
Thank you Laura and Maurice.

Feb 13, 2013
  • Dixiedog2 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I agree with previous reviewers of this book; it is truly inspirational. Doctor-at-Bass! T. A.

Feb 02, 2013
  • branch_reviews rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The story starts with this simple question. “Excuse me, lady, do you have any spare change?” Laura, a busy Sales Executive in New York City, runs past an 11-year-old panhandler, Maurice, into the street. She stops suddenly - almost getting hit by a car – and turns back to the young boy. He says, “I’m hungry” and Laura offers to buy him dinner at McDonald’s. This is the start of a life time friendship with the two meeting every Monday night for over three decades. This is a heart-warming story and a real inspiration to humanity. I think everyone should read this book. Reviewed by CP

Jan 31, 2013
  • mprimom rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

True story, the relationships between Maurice (homeless 11 years old) and Laura (successful sales rep) is exceptional. If I can recommend only one book our of all the books I've read in my lifetime-this would be it! I LEARNED from this book and so will every reader! Moving and heart-breaking story. READ IT

Jan 26, 2013
  • dixiedog rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I agree with previous reviewers of this book; it is truly inspiring. It certainly points out how we all can get so wrapped up in our own lives that we can fail to see how a little bit of kindness can go a long way in changing another person’s life for the better. Laura provided the kindness, the nurturing, and showed Maurice that there was a better life out there. Maurice should be congratulated for having the inner strength and fortitude to make the right choices and climb out of the squalor. However, while I commend Laura Schroff for rescuing Maurice from what would have most certainly been a life of drugs and crime like his mother, father, and all of his uncles, her own somewhat turbulent life was not “sprinkled throughout the book ...” as was suggested in the Description. Laura’s turbulent childhood and that of her siblings was vividly described and seemed to fill half of the content of this book. Still, I recommend this book for everyone wanting to have their spirit’s lifted. Senior Doctor-at-Bass! D. A.

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Jan 26, 2013
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Feb 28, 2013

In An Invisible Thread (Howard Books/Simon & Schuster) by Laura Schroff and Alex Tresniowski, Schroff—a former ad executive— chronicles her friendship with an 11-year-old homeless boy that helped both of them find healing from their violent, troubled childhoods.--The Christophers, Inc.


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