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Shoeless Joe
Kinsella, W. P.
Personal Author:
First Mariner Book edition.
Publication Information:
Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1999.

Physical Description:
265 pages ; 22 cm
General Note:
"Winner of a Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship Award."

"A Mariner Book."
Shoeless Joe Jackson comes to Iowa -- They tore down the polo grounds in 1964 -- The life and times of Moonlight Graham -- The oldest living Chicago Cub -- The rapture of J.D. Salinger.
Reading Level:
1020 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 6.2 13.0 73771.

Reading Counts RC High School 7.5 18 Quiz: 14300 Guided reading level: NR.
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More than the inspiration for the beloved film Field of Dreams , Shoeless Joe is a mythical novel about "dreams, magic, life, and what is quintessentially American" ( Philadelphia Inquirer ).

"If you build it, he will come." These mysterious words, spoken by an Iowa baseball announcer, inspire Ray Kinsella to carve a baseball diamond in his cornfield in honor of his hero, the baseball legend Shoeless Joe Jackson. What follows is both a rich, nostalgic look at one of our most cherished national pastimes and a remarkable story about fathers and sons, love and family, and the inimitable joy of finding your way home.

Author Notes

William Patrick Kinsella was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on May 25, 1935. He received a bachelor of arts degree in creative writing at the University of Victoria in 1974 and a master of fine arts degree in English at the University of Iowa in 1978. Before becoming a full-time author, he was a professor of English at the University of Calgary.

During his lifetime, he wrote approximately 30 books of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. His first collection of baseball stories, Shoeless Joe Jackson Comes to Iowa, was published in 1980. In 1982, Kinsella expanded the stories into the novel Shoeless Joe, which was adapted into the 1989 movie Field of Dreams starring Kevin Costner and Ray Liotta. Shoeless Joe won the Canadian Authors Association Prize, the Alberta Achievement Award, the Books in Canada First Novel Award, and the Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship.

His other novels included The Iowa Baseball Confederacy, The Further Adventures of Slugger McBatt, The Alligator Report, The Miss Hobbema Pageant, Magic Time, If Wishes Were Horses, Butterfly Winter, and Russian Dolls. He was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1993. He received the Order of British Columbia in 2005 and the George Woodcock Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009. He died of a doctor-assisted death on September 16, 2016 at the age of 81.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

Kinsella's lighthearted fantasy pairs reclusive author J. D. Salinger with an Iowa baseball fanatic who has built an authentic baseball field on his farm property for Shoeless Joe Jackson and other baseball immortals. (Mr 15 82 Adult)

Table of Contents

I. Shoeless Joe Jackson Comes to Iowap. 1
II. They Tore Down the Polo Grounds in 1964p. 21
III. The Life and Times of Moonlight Grahamp. 103
IV. The Oldest Living Chicago Cubp. 155
V. The Rapture of J. D. Salingerp. 257