Saturday, January 17, 2009

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch (3/81)

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
Category: Nonfiction

When college professor Randy Pausch learned that his cancer had returned and he had only months to live, he decided to live life to the fullest. He and his family moved so his wife could be close to family when he died; he made memories with his children. He had been scheduled to give a lecture, and instead of canceling, he gave a lecture about "living your childhood dreams."

An inspiring tale, The Last Lecture often reminded me of Tuesdays with Morrie, the difference being that this is told in the first-person by the dying man himself as a way for his children to know him. Divided into five larger, thematic sections, there are short vignettes from Randy's childhood, adulthood, family life, work life, and just general experience in which he tells you how he lived his life and imparts wisdom on various subjects such as "how to maximize your time." I laughed, I teared up, and I remembered defining moments in my own life along the way. A quick read that packs a lot of punch. 5 stars.

Cross posted at Born Reader.

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