A Lucky Life Interrupted: A Memoir of Hope

By Tom Brokaw

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • WITH a brand new PREFACE by means of the writer • From Tom Brokaw, the bestselling writer of The maximum Generation, comes a robust memoir of a 12 months of dramatic change—a 12 months spent struggling with melanoma and reflecting on a protracted, satisfied, and fortunate life.

Tom Brokaw has led a lucky lifestyles, with a powerful marriage and relations, many neighbors, and a super journalism profession culminating in his twenty-two years as anchor of the NBC Nightly News and as bestselling writer. yet in the summertime of 2013, while again soreness led him to the medical professionals on the Mayo health facility, his run of excellent good fortune used to be interrupted. He bought surprising information: He had a number of myeloma, a treatable yet incurable blood melanoma. pals had continuously said Brokaw’s “lucky star,” yet as he writes during this inspiring memoir, “Turns out that megastar has a dimmer switch.”

Brokaw takes us via all of the seasons and phases of this fantastic 12 months, the feelings, discoveries, setbacks, and struggles—times of denial, recognition, turning issues, and braveness. After his analysis, Brokaw started to maintain a magazine, forthcoming this new level of his existence in a well-recognized function: as a journalist, decided to benefit up to he may well approximately his , to record the tale, and aid others dealing with related battles. That magazine grew to become the root of this splendidly written memoir, the tale of a guy coming to phrases along with his personal mortality, considering what skill the main to him now, and reflecting on what has intended the main to him all through his life.

Brokaw additionally pauses to appear again on a number of the very important moments in his occupation: thoughts of Nelson Mandela, the Dalai Lama, the autumn of the Berlin Wall, the morning of September eleven, 2001, in manhattan urban, and extra. via all of it, Brokaw writes within the hot, intimate, usual voice of 1 of America’s such a lot cherished newshounds, giving us Brokaw on Brokaw, and bringing us with him as he navigates soreness, tactics, drug regimens, and actual rehabilitation. Brokaw additionally writes in regards to the value of sufferers taking an energetic position of their personal remedy, and of the important position of caretakers and coordinated care.

beneficiant, informative, and deeply human, A fortunate existence Interrupted offers a message of realizing and empowerment, unravel and fact, desire for the long run and gratitude for a well-lived life.

Praise for A fortunate lifestyles Interrupted

“It’s very unlikely to not be encouraged via Brokaw’s tale, and his willingness to proportion it.”Los Angeles Times

“A strong memoir of scuffling with melanoma and dealing with mortality . . . throughout the prism of his personal disorder, Brokaw appears to be like on the better photo of getting older in America.”Booklist (starred review)

“Moving, informative and deeply personal.”—The day-by-day Beast

“The former NBC information anchor has utilized the fact-finding talents and simple candor that have been his inventory in alternate in the course of his reporting days to A fortunate lifestyles Interrupted.”USA Today

“Brokaw doesn’t paste a smiley face on his tale. time and again, the e-book returns to tales of loss but in addition of grace, good fortune and the great thing about having one other swing at bat.”The Washington Post

“Engaging . . . [with] the type of perception that's general of Mr. Brokaw’s lifestyle and now to illness.”The Wall road Journal

“Powerful and brave . . . [Brokaw] appears to be like forward to the longer term with hope.”Bookreporter

“Wryly good-natured . . . a smart and oddly comforting examine the hardest information of all.”Kirkus Reviews

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