A Secret Gift

A Secret Gift

How One Man's Kindness--And a Trove of Letters--Revealed the Hidden History of the Great Depression

By Ted Gup

Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143120001, 369pp.

Publication Date: October 25, 2011

Description
"A wonderful reminder that economic hardship can bring suffering but can also foster compassion and community." -"The Boston Globe"

In hard economic times like these, readers will find bestselling author Ted Gup's unique book uplifting as well as captivating. Inside a suitcase kept in his mother's attic, Gup discovered letters written to his grandfather in response to an ad placed in a Canton, Ohio, newspaper in 1933 that offered cash to seventy-five families facing a devastating Christmas. The author travels coast to coast to unveil the lives behind the letters, describing a range of hardships and recreating in his research the hopes and suffering of Depression-era Americans, even as he uncovers the secret life led by the grandfather he thought he knew.



About the Author
TED GUP is an investigative reporter who has been a staff writer for the" Washington Post "and a correspondent at "Time" magazine. He is the author of "The Book of Honor" and the recipient of a George Polk Award and a Worth Bingham Prize. A professor of journalism at Case Western Reserve University, he lives in Pepper Pike, Oh