A Secret Gift

A Secret Gift
Author: Ted Gup
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2010-10-28
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 9781101444634

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An inspiring account of America at its worst-and Americans at their best-woven from the stories of Depression-era families who were helped by gifts from the author's generous and secretive grandfather. Shortly before Christmas 1933 in Depression-scarred Canton, Ohio, a small newspaper ad offered $10, no strings attached, to 75 families in distress. Interested readers were asked to submit letters describing their hardships to a benefactor calling himself Mr. B. Virdot. The author's grandfather Sam Stone was inspired to place this ad and assist his fellow Cantonians as they prepared for the cruelest Christmas most of them would ever witness. Moved by the tales of suffering and expressions of hope contained in the letters, which he discovered in a suitcase 75 years later, Ted Gup initially set out to unveil the lives behind them, searching for records and relatives all over the country who could help him flesh out the family sagas hinted at in those letters. From these sources, Gup has re-created the impact that Mr B. Virdot's gift had on each family. Many people yearned for bread, coal, or other necessities, but many others received money from B. Virdot for more fanciful items-a toy horse, say, or a set of encyclopedias. As Gup's investigations revealed, all these things had the power to turn people's lives around- even to save them. But as he uncovered the suffering and triumphs of dozens of strangers, Gup also learned that Sam Stone was far more complex than the lovable- retiree persona he'd always shown his grandson. Gup unearths deeply buried details about Sam's life-from his impoverished, abusive upbringing to felonious efforts to hide his immigrant origins from U.S. officials-that help explain why he felt such a strong affinity to strangers in need. Drawing on his unique find and his award-winning reportorial gifts, Ted Gup solves a singular family mystery even while he pulls away the veil of eight decades that separate us from the hardships that united America during the Depression. In A Secret Gift, he weaves these revelations seamlessly into a tapestry of Depression-era America, which will fascinate and inspire in equal measure. Watch a Video

The Secret Gift

The Secret Gift
Author: Ian Somers
Publsiher: The O'Brien Press
Total Pages: 368
Release: 2014-09-29
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
ISBN: 9781847177100

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Book three in in the Ross Bentley series Ross has spent the past twelve months in hiding in the west coast of Ireland. He has turned his back on the Guild and his gifts. In trying to escape his past and the dangers brought with his gifts, Ross has spiralled into a world of anxiety and depression and, with Cathy leaving for Paris, Ross is completely alone. Suddenly an unexpected visitor arrives. Hunter has come to call in his favour. Through loneliness and a sense of debt, Ross agrees to join Hunter for one day only. What first appears to be a simple task becomes so much more. Ross is dragged back into the world of the gifted where a supernatural war is about to break loose. Ross must choose which side to fight on. Will he turn his back on the Guild forever? Or will he fight to save the Guild members who have kept so much from him? Praise for Million Dollar Gift: ‘fast-paced, riveting and insightful... a highly recommended gripping read’ Fallenstarstories.blogspot.com

The Secret Gift of Lucia Lemon

The Secret Gift of Lucia Lemon
Author: Celia Anderson
Publsiher: HarperCollins
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2021-09-16
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9780008468453

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Don’t miss the enchanting, heartwarming new novel from the bestselling author... ’Uplifting with a magical quality’WOMAN Took me on a trip I’ll remember for a long time’ BELLA OSBORNE ‘Certain to make you laugh and cry’ JENNI KEER ’An absolute joy’ RUTH HOGAN

My Little Pony A Secret Gift

My Little Pony  A Secret Gift
Author: Ruth Benjamin
Publsiher: Harper Collins
Total Pages: 28
Release: 2006-08-22
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
ISBN: 9780060794743

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The ponies are planning a very special surprise for a very special friend. Join them as they make their secret scrapbook—but do not tell Daisy Jo!

The Simplest Gift

The Simplest Gift
Author: Stefanos Xenakis
Publsiher: HarperCollins
Total Pages: 243
Release: 2022-04-12
Genre: Self-Help
ISBN: 9780063079120

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The international bestseller—a collection of delightfully human stories that reveal the ways compassion and empathy can bring out the best in all of us. “Every day is a Gift. Open it. Do not throw it away.” The relentless pace of the working day. Endless, unconquerable to-do lists. A constant sense of distraction and isolation despite countless online connections. In our increasingly complex world, true contentment has never felt further from reach. The Simplest Gift is a vital antidote for our times. Over the course of one hundred stories—each centered around a unique lesson—Stefanos Xenakis shares the transformative outlook through which he has found purpose and meaning in life’s everyday moments. From rising early to sharing generously and laughing readily, Xenakis proves that joy can be found in the simplest and least expected places. Humane, compassionate, and profound, this essential book teaches us how to love fully, live freely, and embrace the remarkable beauty of our humanity.

Autumn s Secret Gift

Autumn s Secret Gift
Author: Elise Allen,Halle Stanford
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 123
Release: 2015
Genre: Friendship
ISBN: 0545905931

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In Mother Nature's realm, sisters Autumn, Winter, Spring, and Summer are nature's royalty, responsible for each magical turn of the seasons, but Autumn has lost a special gift from Mother Nature and her sisters must help her find it.

A Gift for Sophie

A Gift for Sophie
Author: Gilles Vigneault
Publsiher: La Montagne secrète
Total Pages: 65
Release: 2013-10-01T00:00:00-04:00
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
ISBN: 9782924217184

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In this touching, poetic story set by the seaside, Old Man Tom teaches Sophie and Emilio the importance of seeing the world through their hearts. The narrated story is followed by recordings of the songs “Old Tom’s House” and “The Suitcase Waltz”.

The Crap Secret Santa Gift Book

The Crap Secret Santa Gift Book
Author: Secret Santa
Publsiher: Headline
Total Pages: 64
Release: 2017-10-03
Genre: Humor
ISBN: 1472243943

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A budget-friendly Secret Santa present for fans of How to Poo at Work and Very British Problems featuring advice on how to survive the office christmas party, silly games to play in meetings and, on one page, a picture of a really evil swan. Perfect for that bloke in marketing whose name you've forgotten. Dear _____, Look, I never signed up to this 'Secret Santa' crap. If I had it my way we'd spend the money on a paddling pool and fill it with gin, or a pool table or something. And I'm sure you're great, but in all honesty I'm not really sure who you are. That's why I pretended to be on my phone in the lift the other day. Anyway, seeing as it's compulsory, I decided to get you this very expensive and interesting book, featuring such things as: Tips on how to survive the office party Stupid games to play in meetings Examples of things I could have got you instead of this book A picture of a swan Let's face it, you're only going to leave this behind in the pub or give it to your weird nephew you're secretly terrified of, so stop complaining. Oh, and Merry Christmas. Yours, 'Secret Santa'