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Read for Your Health: Lessons from a dying man

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What started as a common academic exercise at a prestigious university ended up being an unforgettable collection of life lessons intended both for a college audience and, more importantly, for the wife and young children of a terminally ill professor. 

Facing his inevitable demise from pancreatic cancer, Randy Pausch spent the last months of his life striving to create “The last Lecture” in which a wise man would impart what he had learned from the stories of his life. The 53 short lectures included in this book are ruminations on living joyously with honesty and gratitude.

He called himself a “dying showman” who had to wrap up his career with one last showstopper, but he really is a model of determination, integrity and love. His stories shine with humor, eloquence and wisdom. This is a little book to keep nearby and reread for inspiration, support and a smile.

Ann Noyes is a volunteer at UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center’s Community Health Resource Center. To see the library’s collection of more than 1,600 books and videos on medical and scientific subjects visit opac.libraryworld.com/opac/home.php. Those interested in checking out an item may visit the Community Health Resource Center weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or call 970-870-1173.


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