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An Invisible Thread: The True Story of an 11-Year-Old Panhandler, a Busy Sales Executive, and an…

by Alex Tresniowski, Laura Schroff
Foreword by Valerie Salembier

Howard Books | August 7, 2012 | Trade Paperback

An Invisible Thread: The True Story of an 11-Year-Old Panhandler, a Busy Sales Executive, and an Unlikely Meeting with D is rated 3.3333 out of 5 by 3.
An Invisible Thread tells of the life-long friendship between a busy sales executive and a disadvantaged young boy, and how both of their lives were changed by what began as one small gesture of kindness.

Stopping was never part of the plan...

She was a successful ad sales rep in Manhattan. He was a homeless, eleven-year-old panhandler on the street. He asked for spare change; she kept walking. But then something stopped her in her tracks, and she went back. And she continued to go back, again and again. They met up nearly every week for years and built an unexpected, life-changing friendship that has today spanned almost three decades.

Whatever made me notice him on that street corner so many years ago is clearly something that cannot be extinguished, no matter how relentless the forces aligned against it. Some may call it spirit. Some may call it heart. It drew me to him, as if we were bound by some invisible, unbreakable thread. And whatever it is, it binds us still.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 272 pages, 8.44 × 5.5 × 0.6 in

Published: August 7, 2012

Publisher: Howard Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1451648979

ISBN - 13: 9781451648973

Found in: Biography and Memoir

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from broken thread Could not believe that an author could write about such a poignant subject and manage to make it completely unbelievable and boring. This author managed to do both. Sometimes good deeds should be left private.
Date published: 2015-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Life-Long Friendship! What would happen if you had an invisible Thread? Maybe you already have something like this and don’t even know it. An unlikely meeting one day that’s lasted for years and years. That’s the case of this book. Two unlikely people from different worlds that it seems like ,that create a friendship when they weren’t even expecting it. We’ve all had friendships before, but have we had true friendships? The kind that each of you will be there through thick and thin and can talk about anything and the other person will be there? Sure, there’s always rough patches, we aren’t perfect. But True friends work things out, and whatever the circumstances may be, they stay friends whatever happens. When I finished this book, I was truly captivated. This book seems like it has a lot of things in it things that we go through in our daily lives – frustrations, problems, you name it. This book has made me realized that things I might turn away from looking at, maybe I should turn away. Because you never know what may happen. It moved me to tears. I just want to reexamine my life now and maybe change the way I do somethings. This is One book that I think Everyone needs to read. And when I say everyone, I mean everyone. With more added. This Books was provided by Howard Books for Review purposes.
Date published: 2012-09-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting and inspiring. Two lives come together, friends bonded through adversity.
Date published: 2012-09-02

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An Invisible Thread: The True Story of an 11-Year-Old Panhandler, a Busy Sales Executive, and an Unlikely Meeting with D

An Invisible Thread: The True Story of an 11-Year-Old Panhandler, a Busy Sales Executive, and an…

by Alex Tresniowski, Laura Schroff
Foreword by Valerie Salembier

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 272 pages, 8.44 × 5.5 × 0.6 in

Published: August 7, 2012

Publisher: Howard Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1451648979

ISBN - 13: 9781451648973

About the Book

The story of a lifelong friendship between a busy sales executive and a disadvantaged young boy, and how both of their lives were changed by what began as one small gesture of kindness.

Read from the Book

An Invisible Thread “Excuse me, lady, do you have any spare change?” This was the first thing he said to me, on 56th Street in New York City, right around the corner from Broadway, on a sunny September day. And when I heard him, I didn’t really hear him. His words were part of the clatter, like a car horn or someone yelling for a cab. They were, you could say, just noise—the kind of nuisance New Yorkers learn to tune out. So I walked right by him, as if he wasn’t there. But then, just a few yards past him, I stopped. And then—and I’m still not sure why I did this—I came back. I came back and I looked at him, and I realized he was just a boy. Earlier, out of the corner of my eye, I had noticed he was young. But now, looking at him, I saw that he was a child—tiny body, sticks for arms, big round eyes. He wore a burgundy sweatshirt that was smudged and frayed and ratty burgundy sweatpants to match. He had scuffed white sneakers with untied laces, and his fingernails were dirty. But his eyes were bright and there was a general sweetness about him. He was, I would soon learn, eleven years old. He stretched his palm toward me, and he asked again, “Excuse me, lady, do you have any spare change? I am hungry.” What I said in response may have surprised him, but it really shocked me. “If you’re hungry,” I said, “I’ll take you to McDonald’s and buy you lunch.” “Can I have a cheeseburger?” he asked. “Yes,” I said. “How about a Big Mac?” “That’s okay, too.” “How about a Diet Coke?” “Yes
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From the Publisher

An Invisible Thread tells of the life-long friendship between a busy sales executive and a disadvantaged young boy, and how both of their lives were changed by what began as one small gesture of kindness.

Stopping was never part of the plan...

She was a successful ad sales rep in Manhattan. He was a homeless, eleven-year-old panhandler on the street. He asked for spare change; she kept walking. But then something stopped her in her tracks, and she went back. And she continued to go back, again and again. They met up nearly every week for years and built an unexpected, life-changing friendship that has today spanned almost three decades.

Whatever made me notice him on that street corner so many years ago is clearly something that cannot be extinguished, no matter how relentless the forces aligned against it. Some may call it spirit. Some may call it heart. It drew me to him, as if we were bound by some invisible, unbreakable thread. And whatever it is, it binds us still.

About the Author

Laura Schroff has worked as an advertising sales executive for some of the biggest media companies in the U.S., including Time Warner, USA TODAY, and Condé Nast.

Alex Tresniowski is the top human-interest writer at People and has written several books, most notably The Vendetta, which was purchased by Universal Studios and used as a basis for the movie Public Enemies.

Editorial Reviews

"A single moment of obedience by an ordinary person started a wonderful relationship and a better life for a poor street child. Maurice started to dream, because Laura showed him compassion and kindness. This is exactly what Jesus is asking his followers to do today in a broken world. An Invisible Thread is an example for each and every one of us, not only in South Africa but in every other country. This book can and will change the world."