The inspiring memoir of a beloved high school teacher with terminal brain cancer who undertakes a cross-country journey to reunite with his former students in order to find out if he made a difference in their lives, discovering along the way what is truly important in life.
In this poignant and inspiring memoir, a beloved high school English teacher with terminal brain cancer undertakes a cross-country journey to reunite with his former students in order to find out if he made a difference in their lives, discovering along the way what is truly important in life.
At thirty-four years old, David Menasche was diagnosed with brain cancer. Six years later and fifteen years after he began teaching, Menasche suffered a catastrophic seizure that began to steal his vision, memories, mobility, and perhaps most tragically of all-his ability to continue teaching.
But teaching is something David Menasche can't quit. Undaunted by the difficult road ahead of him, he decided to end his treatments and make life his classroom. Cancer had taken his past and would certainly, at some point, take his future, but he wouldn't allow it to take his present. He put out a call on Facebook and within hours of posting his plan to travel the country, former students now living in more than fifty cities replied with offers to help and couches to sleep on. The lasting lessons he collected on his journey make up The Priority List.
The Priority List is one of those special books, like Tuesdays with Morrie, or The Last Lecture. Books that are not just written, but born of our ultimate shared experience, and connect and move us as such. Based on one of Menasche's favorite lessons, The Priority List is a remarkable book of insights that explores many of life's biggest themes, such as love, wealth, family, ambition, and friends, and asks us all to consider what really matters.
About the Author
David Menasche is a school teacher from Miami.
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"Within David's journey, there are powerful lessons about how we connect to one another, and how even the smallest gestures can leave a lasting legacy. THE PRIORITY LIST is a brave and important book, which at its deepest level reminds us what it means to be human."--Jerry DeWitt, author of Hope After Faith
Number Of Pages: 312
Published: 1st February 2014
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3 x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.32
Edition Number: 1