Gift of the Suitcase

Gift of the Suitcase

by Ruth Glover


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Gift of the Suitcase by Ruth Glover

When Ruth loses her large, gray American Tourister suitcase on her way to a summer job in Lyon, France, her life changes. Without clothes and money, but unwilling to fail, she forges ahead to the tiny town in Central France where the people welcome her and show her the meaning of acceptance. She hears snippets of how the townspeople hid and saved more than 3,500 Jewish children and adults from the Nazi gas chambers during World War II. Not until a second trip with her husband to visit Chambon does she recognize the immense influence the town played in her personal and professional life. History teaches us to embrace and accept others the way the people of Chambon accepted her. Ruth's story, spiced with unexpected surprises, is laced with humor and candor. Gift of the Suitcase takes the reader on international travel to understand that losing baggage is not always a loss.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781943290178
Publisher: William Charles Press
Publication date: 06/28/2016
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

Part 1 The Gift of the Gray Suitcase

1 Finding a Friend in London 5

2 Paris Without Clothes 11

3 Lyon Letdown 17

4 Settling into Chambon 23

5 Acceptance 31

6 Travel to Le Puy en Velay 37

7 Explaining the Accident 43

8 A Bittersweet Birthday 49

9 Searching for the Suitcase 53

Part 2 Doing the Right Thing

10 The Suicide 63

11 The Young Military Couple 65

12 Facing My Worst Fear 69

13 Baggage Gone: Dating On 75

14 Two Stepping to Texas 81

15 Coping 87

Part 3 A Passion Travel

16 Tripping in Paris 95

17 The Phantom in Our Family 103

18 Planning the Pilgrimage 109

19 Morris and Max 119

20 The Faux-Pas 129

21 The Bridge in Avignon 135

22 The Pilgimage 139

Part 4 Acceptance

23 In Doc's Own Words 153

24 The Phone Call 161

25 Gift of the Bucket List 165

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