The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch – Book 37

Maybe two weeks ago, my downstairs neighbor and great new friend, Kristen, recommended that I read and proceeded to lend me The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch.

I had planned on reading it after reading The End of Your Life Book Club, since I was participating in a book discussion on that book, and The Last Lecture was a shorter novel that would be a good in-between book after reading something really serious.

Well, as irony would have it, The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe actually DISCUSSED reading The Last Lecture because both of the main characters in each memoir (Mom and Randy) were diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.  Which doesn’t make this book light reading after all.

It does make a great coincidence!

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch is about how professors at universities might deliver a last lecture, discussing the things they would want to say in order to be remembered after their deaths.  Randy was asked to do this, and then he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, a very deadly disease.

His lecture (and book) remained positive, focusing on achieving his childhood dreams as an adult.  The book discusses what he talked about in the lecture, his family, his wife, Jai (pronounced Jay), his three young children, and his accomplishments.  Randy’s memoir was positive, realistic, and focused on providing advice through stories of experience.

If you’re a fan of Mitch Albom’s novels, you would enjoy Randy Pausch’s The Last Lecture, his memoir and way to give his young children lasting memories and advice for the future without him.

Have you read any books in close time frames that had such distinct similarities?



4 thoughts on “The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch – Book 37

  1. What a coincidence, indeed!
    I read this book a few years ago and yes, it’s a good read. Randy shows you how to face the illness, an illness you know it’ll take your life…
    But it’s very possitive, trying to influence in his family because he wanted them to remember afterwards. I cried a little, I couldn’t believe Randy had died.


  2. I remember watching the last lecture and reading the book. One quote that will always stick in my mind: “We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.”
    ― Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture


    • And that’s such a good quote because it really reflects the philosophy of the book. As a whole, Randy seemed to be a positive person, willing to do whatever he needed to make his wife and children’s lives easier.


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