Dream New Dreams by Jai Pausch

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12 Critic Reviews

This book...hits on the absurdity that cancer produces...rarely can one feel so isolated, so surrounded by high walls, as after a diagnosis. And yet Pausch's vital message for all caregivers — that life will go on because it must — is more than capable of scaling these walls.
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Synopsis

A remarkably frank, deeply moving, and inspiring memoir by Jai Pausch, whose husband, Randy, wrote the bestseller The Last Lecture while battling pancreatic cancer.
 
"Jai is such a giver that she often forgets to take care of herself," Randy Pausch wrote about his wife. "Jai knows that she’ll have to give herself permission to make herself a priority."
     In Dream New Dreams, Jai Pausch shares her own story for the first time: her emotional journey from wife and mother to full-time caregiver, shuttling between her three young children and Randy’s bedside as he sought treatment far from home; and then to widow and single parent, fighting to preserve a sense of stability for her family, while coping with her own grief and the challenges of running a household without a partner.
 Jai paints a vivid, honest portrait of a vital, challenging relationship between two strong people who faced a grim prognosis and the self-sacrificing decisions it often required. As she faced life without the husband she called her “magic man,” Jai learned to make herself a priority to create a new life of hope and happiness—as she puts it, to “feel a spark of my own magic beginning to flicker.”
     Dream New Dreams is a powerful story of grief, healing, and newfound independence. With advice artfully woven into an intimate, beautifully written narrative, Jai’s story will inspire not only the legions of readers who made The Last Lecture a bestseller, but also those who are embarking on a journey of loss and renewal themselves.
 
 

About Jai Pausch

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JAI PAUSCH became an impassioned advocate promoting pancreatic cancer research following the death of her husband. Previously, Jai led the Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science Web team as the director of electronic publications. She lives with her family in Virginia.
 
Published May 15, 2012 by Harmony. 241 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Self Help, Professional & Technical, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for Dream New Dreams
All: 12 | Positive: 11 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Excellent
Apr 15 2012

A touching memoir of grief...Pausch manages to share her pain and heartache at an intensely personal level without ever sounding self-absorbed or asking for the reader’s pity.

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LA Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Nick Owchar on Jun 08 2012

This book...hits on the absurdity that cancer produces...rarely can one feel so isolated, so surrounded by high walls, as after a diagnosis. And yet Pausch's vital message for all caregivers — that life will go on because it must — is more than capable of scaling these walls.

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Beauty and Lace

Excellent
Reviewed by Michelle on Jul 23 2012

...this is a book which most people will find some inspiration in...Life is fluid which makes plans and dreams fluid, sometimes you have to embrace that to move forward to new dreams.

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As You Like It

Excellent
Reviewed by Cheryl on Jun 29 2012

...Jai offers a glimmer of her new hopes and new dreams, and readers are enriched to have shared her plain-spoken account of loss and love.

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NABBW

Excellent
Reviewed by Anne Holmes

Jai paints a vivid, honest portrait of a vital, challenging relationship between two strong people facing a grim prognosis and the self-sacrificing decisions it required them to make.

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Bookin' with Bingo

Good
Jul 26 2012

DREAM NEW DREAMS is beautifully written and Jai Pausch makes a persuasive plea for people to think about how each of us can help make situations like this better.

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Thoughts from Mill Street

Good
Reviewed by Sue on Oct 08 2012

Randy challenged all of us to live each day to our fullest, she challenges all caregivers to find their own new dreams, to continue the quest for a well lived life. I highly recommend this book.

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Making It Up

Good
Reviewed by Jax on Sep 05 2012

Would I recommend this book? Absolutely. Powerful, moving, simple, and full of love – Jai Pausch is an amazing person, as a mother, as a widow, as a wife and as herself.

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The Vault

Good
Reviewed by Ritika Singh

It is a representation of someone’s deepest fears, someone’s heart rendering description of seeing their loved one walking towards death, fighting it to finally embrace it peacefully or is someone’s soul laid bare on a piece of paper.

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Swenson

Good
Reviewed by Jill Swenson on Jul 31 2012

She has not glorified the past nor does she fear the future. Pausch offers a real, emotionally raw, account of how to pick up the pieces and create something new.

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Jaya's Blog

Good
Reviewed by Jaya on Jul 29 2012

...a must read for all caregivers. Without being dull or voyeuristic, it is sensitively told — it is honest, frank and a useful aid on caregiving.

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Kathleen Fordyce

Below average
Reviewed by Kathleen Fordyce on Jun 04 2012

To me, the book seemed more catered to offering advice for caregivers and less of a memoir...as if she telling the story about someone else she was watching, instead of telling her own emotional tale.

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