An Invisible Thread: The True Story of an 11-Year-Old Panhandler, a Busy Sales Executive, and an Unlikely Meeting with Destiny
An Invisible Thread The True Story of an 11-Year-Old Panhandler a Busy Sales Executive and an Unlikely Meeting with Destiny Author:Laura Schroff, Alex Tresniowski 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 year... more »s 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.« less
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Ellen O. (ellenoakie) reviewed An Invisible Thread: The True Story of an 11-Year-Old Panhandler, a Busy Sales Executive, and an Unlikely Meeting with Destiny on
Helpful Score: 2
Great true story! Very quick read. If you were fortunate enough to grow up in a fairly normal family, makes you appreciate that when you see all the obstacles Maurice faced as a young boy. Also shows it doesn't take much to make a huge difference in someone's life.
Irma S. reviewed An Invisible Thread: The True Story of an 11-Year-Old Panhandler, a Busy Sales Executive, and an Unlikely Meeting with Destiny on + 3 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
I really enjoyed reading this book. It was very gratifying to read Laura's story of how she met and befriended Maurice in such a way that they both grew to be better people because of it. I appreciated learning about what life can be like on the "other side of the fence" . This book definately enriched my life and hopefully it will yours as well!
Jill S. reviewed An Invisible Thread: The True Story of an 11-Year-Old Panhandler, a Busy Sales Executive, and an Unlikely Meeting with Destiny on + 15 more book reviews
There are many, many nonfiction "rags to riches" tales that inspire, and true stories of abused and/or neglected individuals who find success (think The Glass Castle and Educated and Hillbilly Elegy), but Schroff's memoir is a bit different, a bit more; it's an account of both. Her book is as much her own story as that of a young boy, Maurice Mazyck. Schroff details growing up with a kind father who turned angry, irrational, and physically abusive when drunk, which he was often as a bar owner. She weaves her family's story with that of her unusual and ongoing friendship with Maurice, whom she met on a New York City street corner when he was a panhandling child and she was a successful ad executive. He wanted change for food, she passed him by but reconsidered, she took him to McDonald's, and a friendship that continues until today was born.
The loosely chronological memoir is easy to read, with painful and heartfelt episodes throughout. Schroff reveals Maurice's troubled family life (a drug-addicted mother, absent father, ten or more people squeezed into a room or two, incarcerated uncles) as she describes their weekly gatherings and her many gifts to Maurice (outings at her sister's home, a new bicycle, cookie-baking). Along the way, she tells how their changing relationship, and others' skepticism about it, change her emotions, relationships with others, and ways of thinking.
At the end of the book, Maurice is still relatively young, so a reader will want to Google for updated information about him (which is available at the time of this review-writing).
A heart-warming, motivational, eye-opening read!
Joan S. (happyface) - , reviewed An Invisible Thread: The True Story of an 11-Year-Old Panhandler, a Busy Sales Executive, and an Unlikely Meeting with Destiny on + 46 more book reviews
I read this book in two days; finished it last night. And could not go to sleep thinking about it. What an amazing story -- the unlikely connection of a street kid and a successful single woman. Although the book races along, it is not an easy read. The sorrow and pain and futility that so many children hide just breaks your heart. And inspires you want to do something to make a difference. So I figured out what I could do, and today I took steps to make it happen. I hope others who read this book will be touched and changed to really see those around us, to reach out to them, to take time to understand and be kind. Government programs aren't the answer, "what the world needs now is love."