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Dream New Dreams: Reimagining My Life After Loss Kindle Edition

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“A brave and beautiful book. Dream New Dreams grabbed my heart from the opening page and didn't let go until its uplifting end.  Jai Pausch is a stirring example of the power of life to triumph over any challenge. Bravo.”
--Bruce Feiler, bestselling author of Walking the Bible and The Council of Dads

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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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2537 KB
  • Print Length: 241 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony (May 15 2012)
  • Sold by: Random House Canada, Incorp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006E5125M
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #103,446 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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After watching Randy Pausch's amazing "Last Lecture: Achieving Your Childhood Dreams" some years ago, I was looking forward to reading this memoir by his widow and learning how she coped with the devastating loss of her husband, clearly a brilliant, charismatic person, in a few short months. I launched into the read with my editor's cap set aside for the time being, but I wasn't far into the book before I realized that I needed to haul it back on.

This book, otherwise well written, suffers from what I call "whitewashing." It doesn't ring true to the depth and range of feelings that had to have been present during the enormously stressful time of her husband's fight to live and his eventual dying. The joys are described, but any shadows are glossed over. It sounds to me like a story that has been polished and trotted out for the public while the private agonies are carefully hidden away and only mentioned rather than relived--which I can certainly understand, but it doesn't make for gripping prose. Or a sense of reality.

The story comes across to me as superficial, not so much an examination of the thoughts and feelings of the people involved or the truths they found--or not--from this difficult experience, as it is simply a kind of list of events. Although casual externals are described in detail, there's no real profundity, and therefore there's not much here to grab this reader's continued interest.

This woman's desire to honour both her husband's memory and the family's privacy is certainly all well and good, and perfectly understandable. But if that's the case, why write a memoir about it in the first place?

I offer three stars for the quality, if not the depth, of the writing. It's by no means junk; it's just not all that interesting.
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62 of 64 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa89c4a80) out of 5 stars The Other Side of The Last Lecture May 16 2012
By Jeffrey D. Kenyon - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I was among those who watched Randy Pausch's last lecture on YouTube and bought the book when it came out. It was the story of an inspirational man who loved the life he built for himself, learned things along the way, and died too soon.

Jai Pausch's book provides another angle on the story. Her tale of being a caregiver is heartbreaking, and inspiring in its own way: taking a role you never wanted and would have done anything to avoid, but doing it to the best of your ability, trying to repair your life afterwards, and making the most of the opportunity in tragedy.

I would strongly recommend this book to anyone who has fallen into the caregiver role for a loved one, especially a loved one living with, or dying of, cancer.

The promotional materials compare this book to Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking. Trust me, Dream New Dreams is a far, far better book. I found it to be not better written, but more affecting, more emotionally resonant, and more likely to be helpful to those in similar straits.
25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa89c4a2c) out of 5 stars "Life is a precious gift." May 19 2012
By E. Bukowsky - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Randy and Jai Pausch were married in 2000 and had three children, Dylan, Logan, and Chloe. In 2006, Randy was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer "just shy of his forty-sixth birthday." He had surgery and aggressive follow-up treatment that left him gaunt and debilitated. In July 2008, Randy passed away. "Dream New Dreams" is Jai's poignant account of her relationship with Randy (whose book, "The Last Lecture," was a phenomenon), his two-year battle with the disease, and Jai's dedicated work on behalf of organizations such as the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

The author would like health professionals and society as a whole to be more "concerned about the people who struggle to carry the medical burden while also meeting everyday demands." She sees the need for a "network at every oncology clinic" to assist those who are trying to manage complicated cancer care at home. Jai and Randy were lucky to have concerned family and friends, a good income, and access to the excellent physicians. However, not everyone is so fortunate. There are too many relatives of cancer sufferers who feel isolated, bewildered, and overwhelmed with responsibility. Jai asks, "Who will care for the caregiver?"

Jai writes touchingly about her romance with a man who was "a serious [computer] scientist and an intellectual, but not a snob." Randy had a sense of fun and playfulness and swept Jai off her feet with his kindness and sincerity. After their wedding, the couple settled in Pittsburgh, where Randy was a popular professor and researcher at Carnegie Mellon. Jai was 34 and Randy forty when they started their family. Little did they know that they would have less than a decade together.

"Dream New Dreams" is eloquent, candid, and gracefully written. Jai makes clear that she and Randy were not saints who never exchanged a harsh word. There were bumps in the road and an occasional argument, but they understood one another and did what they could to nurture and protect their children during Randy's illness. This was no easy task. Randy had to travel to get treatment and he wanted his wife by his side. Jai lost sleep, had to take on arduous nursing duties, and became physically and emotionally exhausted. Fortunately, Jai and Randy developed a strong support system to assist them with the many challenges that they faced.

Jai Pausch leaves us with a hopeful message. Although she and her children will always remember Randy with love, they have begun the process of healing. In addition, they are following Randy's wonderful example of looking for the magic in life every day.
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
By Raychel - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Yes ouch.

This book is difficult emotionally to read. Most of the book is very raw, and not surprisingly based on the subject matter, depressing. When I picked up this book and decided to read it, I guess I was hoping for something a little more positive than this ended up being. Not that I blame the author for this, this was her memoir chronicling her husband's illness.. however I didn't expect most of the book to be about that. With the title and description I thought this book would be more about picking up the pieces after the tragic too soon loss. In reality, only a few end chapters focus on dreaming those new dreams.

I appreciate her honesty through out the book though. It must have been extremely difficult to tell the story of Randy suggesting they put their youngest child up for adoption or reliving moments when she felt her control over life slipping away before having to regain footing as a caretaker of a sick husband and mother of three young children. This seems like a book that must have been extremely healing for her to write, to finally be able to tell her side of the story.

At the end of the book it is comforting to see that she is a survivor and that in spite of everything, she was determined to find her own path in life again. After going through such a horrible ordeal it is difficult to imagine how you can come back from that and is always inspiring to read the stories of those who do. However it is worth noting that Jai lived a life that is very different than the grand majority of people facing similar circumstances... she has the privilege of money behind her to deal/not deal with aspects of this type of loss that would leave many women in an even more vulnerable state.

A quick read, but this book falls very short from being inspiring and is extremely depressing.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb7f3b1b0) out of 5 stars Inpiring, wonderful, and beautiful book! May 22 2012
By Girlsnstilettos - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I was a big fan of Randy Pausch's 'The Last Lecture' and was inspired by his moving words. As the years have passed I've often wondered how his wife, Jai, and their children and how they have been doing. I was extremely happy to hear through 'Dream New Dreams', not only are they doing well, but thriving! It's very inspiring knowing she wrote this fantastic book in on a very real and important subject which I just finished reading.

Although I have not personally been through what Jai has been though or cared for a cancer patient, I wanted to buy and read her story for several reasons. One, I want to support Jai Pausch with her mission, two, I want Jai to know people are still thinking about her and her children, and three, I feel it's important to learn about human experiences we may have not been though ourselves, but to gain more understand what others experienced and gain insight.

There are some sad moments in the book, but overall for me it was a very empowering uplifting book. The will and courage for Jai to keep moving forward and want to enjoy life after loss I hope inspires others who have been through similar circumstances. I suggest this book not only for cancer caregivers, but as a positive affirmation of the resilient human spirit! What a beautiful book, I felt happy when I finished it. Thank you Jai!
16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb7f3b168) out of 5 stars Not Quite What I Expected June 24 2012
By MzMoore - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I read a review of Dream New Dreams a few months ago in USA Today. I lost my beloved husband to prostate cancer a year and a half ago. We had a beautiful marriage and the last two years were very hard. My role as primariy care giver was something that I would not wish on anyone. I thought that the book was going to talk more about the stress, strain and anguish of being the care giver of someone who is gravely ill. I did not think the book went into sufficient detail. I am happy for the author's recovery. I am seriously thinking about taking on the task of writng about care giving myself, using the journal I kept during the time.