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Dream New Dreams: Reimagining My Life After Loss

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  1,281 Ratings  ·  295 Reviews
A remarkably frank, deeply moving, and inspiring memoir by Jai Pausch, whose husband, Randy, wrote the bestseller The Last Lecture while battling pancreatic cancer.
"Jai is such a giver that she often forgets to take care of herself," Randy Pausch wrote about his wife. "Jai knows that she’ll have to give herself permission to make herself a priority."
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Hardcover, 240 pages
Published May 15th 2012 by Harmony (first published January 1st 2012)
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Sep 03, 2012 rated it did not like it
This depressing book proves that some things are better left unsaid. The wife of The Last Lecture guy pulls back the curtain on what life was really like, and in so doing reveals a very different picture of the "perfect husband and father" that Randy Pausch wanted to be remembered as. It's hard to understand why she would write this--she tells things about him that are so private and demeaning that they tarnish his memory. Her new husband (her third) certainly must not feel good by how she state ...more
Jun 29, 2012 rated it did not like it
Being a nurse, I feel a little heartless by giving this book one star, but I did not connect with Jai. I understand loss on both a personal and professional level. I guess it is not my business to critique how Jai handled her devastating loss (but she did write a book). I think she is a self-motivated and strong woman. I admire that strength through the ordeal of watching her husband die. I admire that she took it to the next step and became involved with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and ...more
May 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway.

After reading other reviews, I feel as if I am in the vast minority. I really didn't care for Dream New Dreams by Jai Pausch (widow of Randy Pausch, CMU professor and best-selling author of the Last Lecture). But I'm sure I didn't need to qualify that - obviously you know who Jai Pausch is and that is the reason you are interested in this book. And I think that is an issue.

In life, it seems Randy was a huge life-force, a brilliant and energetic per
Sep 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fic
I wanted so much more and so much less from this book. The "more" I wanted was what was promised in the forward. "To shine a spotlight on the person in the treatment room who is so often overlooked, along with his or her needs and abilities." What Pausch delivered was a spotlight on herself and her journey. The "less" that I wanted was her take on the information presented in "The Last Lecture." Clearly her husband (author of "TLL") wanted his children to learn of him through that book and now t ...more
May 12, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: first-reads
I had a very hard time reading this book because I had lost my mom almost two years ago this December. My problem is that this woman, Jai Pausch, just isn't like me or anyone that I know. Cancer has touched my family in many different ways. My maternal grandmother passed away from ovarian cancer that spread to her lungs, my paternal grandfather suffered from colon/rectal cancer, and breast cancer has effected a good amount of people - including my mom who was cancer free when she passed away. Bu ...more
May 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was a wonderful book of hope. You might remember the author's husband, Randy Pausch who was a full professor at Carnegie Mellon University. He gave the poignant speech called "The Last Lecture" which he gave as he was dying from cancer. He gave it to his students and a huge audience but it was specifically for his very young children who he knew would grow up without him. Dream New Dreams was written by his widow 4 years after Randy's passing. It was her side of the story - their courtship, ...more
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Aug 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
In my mind, if there ever was a book that should receive six stars it was Jai Pausch's new book--Dream New Dreams. It isn't often in one's lifetime that they get the chance to live their life throught the pages of a book. That was the case with this book. Randy Pausch was a friend of mine for over 12 years. I never had the honor of meeting hsi wife, Jai, but I knew much about her due to Randy's obvious love for her. I learned about their children the same way.

When Randy's cancer was discovered i
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Apr 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Yes, Randy was such an iconic man, and he will always be an icon that inspires us and challenges us to be better. But Randy for Jai is just her husband. Is it too much if she is honest and she describes in plain terms how she feels as a wife? Why are people so demanding and want the excitement of the inspiration? People don't like pain. But Jai's life has been a series of pain and she has been giving and giving... By the way, have we ever wondered what she is getting as a wife? Is a woman suppos ...more
May 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads, memoir, 2012
Jai Pausch, the wife of Randy Pausch who gave the speech and then wrote the book The Last Lecture about fulfilling childhood dreams, wrote this memoir about her experience falling in love with Randy, going through his cancer diagnosis, being his caregiver, and then trying to reestablish herself after his death. It's not necessary to have read The Last Lecture to appreciate this book; it's not a follow-up so much as it is a complementary memoir, showing Jai's perspective throughout the entire ord ...more
Aug 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I never imagined when I read The Last Lecture several years ago that my husband, whom I had not even met yet, would also be diagnosed with cancer and lose his battle while we were still newlyweds and brand new parents. (My husband of two years passed away two months ago after a year long battle with leukemia; our son was only 13 months old at the time of his father's passing.) I often thought of The Last Lecture and Randy Pausch during my experience with my husband's cancer, so as soon as I hear ...more
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“One of the greatest life lessons I've learned has been to dream new dreams. When a dream is fulfilled, it shouldn't become a straitjacket, constricting a person's evolution and progress. Instead, it should be a stepping-stone to the next thing. When a dream shatters, you should pick up the pieces and create a new one. It won't be the same as the broken one, but you can hope it will be as vibrant and as exciting.” 9 likes
“One of the greatest life lessons I’ve learned has been to dream new dreams. When a dream is fulfilled, it shouldn’t become a straitjacket, constricting a person’s evolution and progress. Instead, it should be a stepping-stone to the next thing.” 0 likes
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