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The Priority List: A Teacher's Final Quest to Discover Life's Greatest Lessons Hardcover – January 14, 2014
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"When cancer told David Menasche his teaching days were over, he told cancer: With all due respect, you don't know me very well. Writing with courage and strength, his determination to share life's lessons beyond his classroom is both inspirational and enlightening." (Ron Clark, American educator and New York Times bestselling author of The Essential 55 and The End of Molasses Classes)
"A lot of people could write about what they would do if they were told they only had a short time to live, but few could write as thoughtfully, and with as much honesty, as David has with The Priority List. This former skate punk turned English teacher's life lessons will inspire anyone who reads them." (Jim Lindberg of Pennywise)
“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)
"A beautiful meditation." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Like Randy Pausch's The Last Lecture, this memoir is a rousing testimony to the ways in which, in the face of death, living fully in the present moment becomes possible." (Publisher's Weekly)
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Books like this aren't my type. I tend to shun away from them but this one was read from cover to cover. I couldn't help but finish it because I felt like I was traveling with the author. I felt like his student and I'm older than he is! As a teacher myself, our job IS NOT EASY. It takes a lot to love it with the vivaciousness this man did. He cared for his students and their innumerable testimonies prove that! Just go to his Facebook page and look at the support. It is touching and eye-opening.
Teachers, students, cancer patients/survivors, human beings...EVERYONE needs to read this book. It will touch your heart and inspire you. I'm proud I not only share a state with him (well, not anymore) but a passion of teaching. I plan to follow this man's life from now on. I bet you will too.
I wanted to connect with someone who was confronting death head on. I recently lost my Grandmother very abruptly to complications from cancer. It is the first (and only) death I have ever witnessed up close and personally. I was given the privilege and pain of watching the entire process from her bedside without interruption. It was heart-wrenching and terrifying, the clinical way which it occurred and the jagged emptiness it filled me with to imagine that the end of my own life could be similarly awful has haunted me ever since. I wanted to find someone who could bravely stare death in the face and have an answer, because I couldn't. To that end, I am very grateful for this book.
I'll start my review by saying, this book wasn't exactly what I expected, and from a literary stand point, it's nothing spectacular. From a human standpoint, it's everything, and it changed my life in the subtle way that I think Menasche sets out to.Read more ›
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I picked this book up off a display table as soon as I entered the store and immediately turned to a page that told me the author had terminal brain cancer. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Deborah Childs
Imagine being in the prime of your life. You develop a ringing in your ear that progresses into a constant discomfort that now resonates to your feet. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Nancy
This book did not make make my priority reading list until a neighbor and friend recommended it to me. Friend reading recommendations are automatically a high priority for me. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Bikerguy
I just lost my mother to cancer; leukemia, specifically. It took me a bit to get through reading (3 months) because of the emotions I've been experiencing, but this is a great... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Neil Brown
Really good book! Worth the reading and it is short don't need to much time to read!!Published 8 months ago by Sabrina Rodriguez
Being one of Menasche's 11th grade advanced placement english students in the 2010-2011 school year, I was able to relate to a lot of the things he was saying in his book. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Alain Aguiar