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)
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An Invisible Thread
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He asked for spare change; she kept walking. But something made her turn around and go back. They met nearly every week for years, and built an unexpected, life-changing friendship that has today spanned almost three decades.
Authors: Schroff, Laura
Statement of Responsibility: Laura Schroff and Alex Tresniowski
Title: An invisible thread
the true story of an 11-year-old panhandler, a busy sales executive, and an unlikely meeting with destiny
Publisher: Detroit : Gale Cengage Learning, 2012
Edition: Large print ed
Characteristics: 361 p. (large print) : ill. ; 22 cm.
Contents: Foreword / by Valerie Salembier
Spare change
The first day
One good break
The birthday present
The baseball glove
Is that it?
A mother's song
A father's legacy
The brown paper bag
The big table
The missed appointment
Outside looking in
Bittersweet miracle
A simple recipe
The new bicycle
The winter coat
The dark forest
One last test
The greatest gift
Epilogue: Love, Maurice
Summary: He asked for spare change; she kept walking. But something made her turn around and go back. They met nearly every week for years, and built an unexpected, life-changing friendship that has today spanned almost three decades.
Subject Headings: Schroff, Laura Mazyck, Maurice New York (N.Y.) Biography Children and adults Case studies Friendship Case studies African American boys New York (State) New York Biography Poor children New York (State) New York Biography Women, White New York (State) New York Biography Sales executives New York (State) New York Biography Schroff, Laura Childhood and youth Large type books
Topical Term: Children and adults
African American boys
Poor children
Women, White
Sales executives
Large type books
Additional Contributors: Tresniowski, Alex
ISBN: 9781594135477
Branch Call Number: LG PRINT B Schroff S
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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.

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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.

Aug 19, 2012
  • nitwitty rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

this book makes you feel good and gives you hope that circumstances don't have to dictate outcomes--the worst of conditions can be redeemed and beauty can come from ashes

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Jan 26, 2013
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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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