Book-Smart Sunday

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Good Morning!

This week I read The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch. That's right, I read a book this week! It felt great. I love reading books because they are finite, and when you finish one, it's like you accomplished something. This book is really amazing. It's such an easy read that I just flew through it.

The story behind the book is this: Randy Pausch was a computer science professor with pancreatic cancer. He was given the opportunity to give one last lecture at Carnegie Mellon University where he worked at the time. Often when professors retire, they do this, but for him it had special meaning because he was not just retiring, he was dying. The book is based on the lecture he gave. You can find the full video of the lecture on youtube. In the lecture, he doesn't talk about his family or cancer because it's obviously difficult to discuss. Instead, he talks about how he achieved his childhood dreams, how he helped others do this, and how you can do this. The book covers this and his battle with cancer and stories about his family. His story isn't about a man on his deathbed, it's about a man's life.

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