Curbside Plus Services will continue while in-building appointments are unavailable through at least January 31. Returned items are quarantined for 48 hours before they are checked in. Fines are not charged for quarantined items.

A Secret Gift: How One Man's Kindness—and a Trove of Letters—Revealed the Hidden History of the Great Depression
(Adobe EPUB eBook, Kindle Book, OverDrive Read)

Book Cover
Average Rating
Author:
Published:
Penguin Publishing Group 2010
Format:
Adobe EPUB eBook, Kindle Book, OverDrive Read
Status:
Available from OverDrive
Description
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

Also in This Series
Formats
Adobe EPUB eBook
Works on all eReaders (except Kindles), desktop computers and mobile devices with reading apps installed.
Kindle Book
Works on Kindles and devices with a Kindle app installed.
Need Help?
If you are having problem transferring a title to your device, please fill out this support form or visit the library so we can help you to use our eBooks and eAudio Books.
More Like This
More Details
Street Date:
10/28/2010
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781101444634
ASIN:
B00452V2Z6
Citations
APA Citation (style guide)

Ted Gup. (2010). A Secret Gift: How One Man's Kindness—and a Trove of Letters—Revealed the Hidden History of the Great Depression. Penguin Publishing Group.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Ted Gup. 2010. A Secret Gift: How One Man's Kindness—and a Trove of Letters—Revealed the Hidden History of the Great Depression. Penguin Publishing Group.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Ted Gup, A Secret Gift: How One Man's Kindness—and a Trove of Letters—Revealed the Hidden History of the Great Depression. Penguin Publishing Group, 2010.

MLA Citation (style guide)

Ted Gup. A Secret Gift: How One Man's Kindness—and a Trove of Letters—Revealed the Hidden History of the Great Depression. Penguin Publishing Group, 2010. Web.

Note! Citation formats are based on standards as of July 2010. Citations contain only title, author, edition, publisher, and year published. Citations should be used as a guideline and should be double checked for accuracy.
Copy Details
LibraryOwnedAvailable
Shared Digital Collection21
Anne Arundel County Public Library00
Staff View
Grouped Work ID:
bb86ef68-7f49-9aac-29d1-d4136f4c454e
Go To Grouped Work
Needs Update?:
No
Date Added:
Apr 07, 2017 17:44:17
Date Updated:
Dec 06, 2020 04:23:56
Last Metadata Check:
Jan 11, 2021 21:59:08
Last Metadata Change:
Nov 13, 2020 19:42:42
Last Availability Check:
Jan 11, 2021 21:59:11
Last Availability Change:
Dec 31, 2020 12:23:51
Last Grouped Work Modification Time:
Jan 15, 2021 04:16:42

OverDrive Product Record

images
    • cover:
        • href: https://img1.od-cdn.com/ImageType-100/1523-1/{D13BF170-D043-4F66-9481-DF47169584A1}Img100.jpg
        • type: image/jpeg
    • thumbnail:
        • href: https://img1.od-cdn.com/ImageType-200/1523-1/{D13BF170-D043-4F66-9481-DF47169584A1}Img200.jpg
        • type: image/jpeg
    • cover150Wide:
        • href: https://img1.od-cdn.com/ImageType-150/1523-1/D13/BF1/70/{D13BF170-D043-4F66-9481-DF47169584A1}Img150.jpg
        • type: image/jpeg
    • cover300Wide:
        • href: https://img1.od-cdn.com/ImageType-400/1523-1/D13/BF1/70/{D13BF170-D043-4F66-9481-DF47169584A1}Img400.jpg
        • type: image/jpeg
formats
      • identifiers:
            • type: ISBN
            • value: 9781101444634
      • name: Adobe EPUB eBook
      • id: ebook-epub-adobe
      • identifiers:
            • type: ASIN
            • value: B00452V2Z6
      • name: Kindle Book
      • id: ebook-kindle
      • identifiers:
            • type: ISBN
            • value: 9781101444634
      • name: OverDrive Read
      • id: ebook-overdrive
otherFormatIdentifiers
      • type: ISBN
      • value: 9780143120001
mediaType
eBook
primaryCreator
    • role: Author
    • name: Ted Gup
title
A Secret Gift
dateAdded
2010-11-24T16:32:05.49-05:00
contentDetails
      • href: https://link.overdrive.com/?websiteID=51&titleID=455532
      • type: text/html
      • account:
          • name: Maryland's Digital Library (MD)
          • id: 831
sortTitle
Secret Gift How One Mans Kindnessand a Trove of LettersRevealed the Hidden History of the Great Depression
crossRefId
455532
subtitle
How One Man's Kindness—and a Trove of Letters—Revealed the Hidden History of the Great Depression
id
d13bf170-d043-4f66-9481-df47169584a1
starRating
3.7

OverDrive MetaData

isPublicDomain
False
formats
      • fileName: SecretGift9781101444634
      • partCount: 0
      • fileSize: 694408
      • identifiers:
            • type: ISBN
            • value: 9781101444634
      • rights:
            • type: Copying
            • value: 0
            • type: Printing
            • value: 0
            • type: Lending
            • value: 0
            • type: ReadAloud
            • value: 0
            • type: ExpirationRights
            • value: 0
      • name: Adobe EPUB eBook
      • id: ebook-epub-adobe
      • onSaleDate: 10/28/2010
      • samples:
            • source: From the book
            • formatType: ebook-epub-adobe
            • url: https://excerpts.cdn.overdrive.com/FormatType-410/1523-1/D13/BF1/70/SecretGift9781101444634.epub
            • source: From the book
            • formatType: ebook-overdrive
            • url: https://samples.overdrive.com/?crid=D13BF170-D043-4F66-9481-DF47169584A1&.epub-sample.overdrive.com
      • fileName: SecretGift9781101444634
      • partCount: 0
      • fileSize: 0
      • identifiers:
            • type: ASIN
            • value: B00452V2Z6
      • name: Kindle Book
      • id: ebook-kindle
      • onSaleDate: 10/28/2010
      • samples:
            • source: From the book
            • formatType: ebook-epub-adobe
            • url: https://excerpts.cdn.overdrive.com/FormatType-410/1523-1/D13/BF1/70/SecretGift9781101444634.epub
            • source: From the book
            • formatType: ebook-overdrive
            • url: https://samples.overdrive.com/?crid=D13BF170-D043-4F66-9481-DF47169584A1&.epub-sample.overdrive.com
      • fileName: SecretGift9781101444634
      • partCount: 0
      • fileSize: 0
      • identifiers:
            • type: ISBN
            • value: 9781101444634
      • name: OverDrive Read
      • id: ebook-overdrive
      • onSaleDate: 10/28/2010
      • samples:
            • source: From the book
            • formatType: ebook-epub-adobe
            • url: https://excerpts.cdn.overdrive.com/FormatType-410/1523-1/D13/BF1/70/SecretGift9781101444634.epub
            • source: From the book
            • formatType: ebook-overdrive
            • url: https://samples.overdrive.com/?crid=D13BF170-D043-4F66-9481-DF47169584A1&.epub-sample.overdrive.com
keywords
      • value: us history
      • value: Biography
      • value: autobiographies
      • value: american history
      • value: Memoirs
      • value: inspiration
      • value: self help
      • value: biographies
      • value: self help books
      • value: History
      • value: Spirituality
      • value: Sociology
      • value: biographies and memoirs
      • value: motivational books
      • value: spiritual books
      • value: business books
      • value: history books
      • value: gifts for history buffs
      • value: gifts for men
      • value: American history books
      • value: inspirational books for women
      • value: self help books for women
      • value: biographies of famous people
      • value: sociology books
      • value: autobiography books
      • value: history gifts
      • value: history gifts for men
      • value: self development books
      • value: men's gifts for christmas
creators
      • role: Author
      • fileAs: Gup, Ted
      • name: Ted Gup
imprint
Penguin Books
publishDate
2010-10-28T00:00:00-04:00
isOwnedByCollections
True
title
A Secret Gift
fullDescription
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

popularity
216
links
    • self:
        • href: https://api.overdrive.com/v1/collections/v1L1BaQAAAA29/products/d13bf170-d043-4f66-9481-df47169584a1/metadata
        • type: application/vnd.overdrive.api+json
id
d13bf170-d043-4f66-9481-df47169584a1
starRating
3.7
images
    • cover:
        • href: https://img1.od-cdn.com/ImageType-100/1523-1/{D13BF170-D043-4F66-9481-DF47169584A1}Img100.jpg
        • type: image/jpeg
    • thumbnail:
        • href: https://img1.od-cdn.com/ImageType-200/1523-1/{D13BF170-D043-4F66-9481-DF47169584A1}Img200.jpg
        • type: image/jpeg
    • cover150Wide:
        • href: https://img1.od-cdn.com/ImageType-150/1523-1/D13/BF1/70/{D13BF170-D043-4F66-9481-DF47169584A1}Img150.jpg
        • type: image/jpeg
    • cover300Wide:
        • href: https://img1.od-cdn.com/ImageType-400/1523-1/D13/BF1/70/{D13BF170-D043-4F66-9481-DF47169584A1}Img400.jpg
        • type: image/jpeg
isPublicPerformanceAllowed
False
languages
      • code: en
      • name: English
subjects
      • value: Biography & Autobiography
      • value: Nonfiction
publishDateText
10/28/2010
otherFormatIdentifiers
      • type: ISBN
      • value: 9780143120001
mediaType
eBook
shortDescription
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...
sortTitle
Secret Gift How One Mans Kindnessand a Trove of LettersRevealed the Hidden History of the Great Depression
crossRefId
455532
subtitle
How One Man's Kindness—and a Trove of Letters—Revealed the Hidden History of the Great Depression
publisher
Penguin Publishing Group