The Shoebox Bible

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A beautifully written memoir of a family whose mother stores hope in a shoebox.

As a child, during the cold, dark winter days of the Second World War, the author found hidden beneath a floorboard in his mother’s bedroom closet a well-worn cardboard shoebox.

At the time he could make little sense of the ragtag things he found inside: cigarette packages, soup-can labels, handbills, calendars, paper bags, pie boxes — any scrap of paper upon which ...

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Toronto 2006 Hard Cover First Canadian Edition Fine in Fine jacket 12mo-over 6?"-7?" tall. Signed and Dated By Author. A VERY FINE, unread copy of the FIRST CANADIAN EDITION. ... FIRST PRINTING. SIGNED by ALAN BRADLEY on the title page. The author has also written the book's FIRST LINE above his signature and the date on the title page: " GOODBYE ADAM AND EVE.". {2006}. A Very Special copy thus of the Signed First Edition. VERY SCARCE title. Author's FIRST BOOK. Read more Show Less

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A beautifully written memoir of a family whose mother stores hope in a shoebox.

As a child, during the cold, dark winter days of the Second World War, the author found hidden beneath a floorboard in his mother’s bedroom closet a well-worn cardboard shoebox.

At the time he could make little sense of the ragtag things he found inside: cigarette packages, soup-can labels, handbills, calendars, paper bags, pie boxes — any scrap of paper upon which his mother could copy out, in her old-fashioned handwriting, what seemed to be no more than unrelated snippets of Scripture.

He knew only that the box, which he would later come to think of as the Shoebox Bible, had something to do with the fact that his father had run away from home. Many years would pass, and his mother would be on her deathbed before he would once again hold this treasure in his hands. And only then would he put together the pieces of the puzzle, and learn the complete truth.

Beautifully and lovingly told, The Shoebox Bible is a wonderful memoir of a precocious family who manage to live and love despite the absence of their father.

Interspersed with heartbreaking quotations from the Old and New Testaments, this sad, funny, and above all inspiring story will appeal to readers who fell in love with such inspirational books as Tuesdays with Morrie and Mister God, This Is Anna.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780771016639
  • Publisher: McClelland & Stewart Ltd.
  • Publication date: 8/8/2006
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.63 (w) x 7.25 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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Alan Bradley has published many children’s stories as well as lifestyle and arts columns in Canadian newspapers.
His adult stories have been broadcast on CBC Radio and published in various literary journals. He has also written several screenplays and taught university-level courses in screenwriting. He won the first Saskatchewan Writers Guild Award for Children’s Literature for Meet Miss Mullen. His groundbreaking biography of Sherlock Holmes, Ms. Holmes of Baker Street — co-written with the late scholar Dr. William A.S. Sarjeant (“Antony Swithin,” of The Perilous Quest for Lyonesse fame) — raised hackles and banners “round the world.”
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