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Shoeless Joe, the soul-stirring novel on which the movie Field of Dreams is based, is more than just another baseball story. Kinsella captures the spiritual dimension that baseball represents for its most determined devotees in this tale on love and the power dreams have to make people come alive.

“Shoeless Joe” is the great Joe Jackson, one of the eight members of the 1919 Chicago White Sox who were banned from baseball for throwing the World Series. One day, while out in his cornfield, Iowa farmer Ray Kinsella hears the voice of a baseball announcer saying, “If you build it, he will come.” “He,” of course, is Ray’s hero, Joe Jackson. “It” is a baseball stadium, which Ray carves out of his cornfield. In doing this, he also inadvertently provides us with an amazing and somewhat nostalgic story on America's perhaps most beloved national pastimes, baseball.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Wild…romantic…unconventional…A triumph of hope.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Not so much about baseball as it is about dreams, magic, life, and what is quintessentially American.”

    Philadelphia Inquirer

  • “Kinsella plays with both myth and fantasy in his lyrical novel…Like Ring Lardner and Bernard Malamud before him, Kinsella spins baseball as backdrop and metaphor, and, like his predecessors, uses the game to tell us a little something more about who we are and what we need.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “[Grover Gardner’s] unobtrusive reading lets the full color of the words speak for themselves.” 

    Library Journal

  • Winner of the Houghton Mifflin Literary Award Fellowship Award

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Cathy | 6/7/2011

    " Way too treacly for my tastes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Shorel | 5/23/2011

    " The source of "Field of Dreams". A quick, warm, good-feeling read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Nancy | 4/24/2011

    " Love you, Iowa. Hate you, magical realism. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Andy | 3/24/2011

    " It was interesting to read this after watching "Field of Dreams" several times. It was an enjoyable sports book, and I think it helped me enjoy the movie even more. "

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