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3.51  ·  Rating details ·  1,251 Ratings  ·  289 Reviews
In Dream New Dreams, Jai Pausch shares her own story for the first time: her emotional journey from wife and mother to full-time caregiver, shuttling between her three young children and Randy's bedside as he sought treatment far from home; and then to widow and single parent, fighting to preserve a sense of stability for her family, whilecoping with her own grief and the ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published May 15th 2012 by Hachette India (first published January 1st 2012)
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Mediaman
Sep 03, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kathy
Jun 29, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Lisa
May 14, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Julie
Sep 27, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Julie
May 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Richard Wagaman
Aug 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Elinore
May 12, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
♥ Ibrahim ♥
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
Sara
May 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Megan
Aug 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Marie
Jul 04, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved Randy Pausch's The Last Lecture, one of the few book I've actually bought so I can reread whenever I want. I really liked Jai's book, until the last few chapters. What started out as a great book about the struggle caregivers go through as they watch their loved ones die, ended as a "poor me" book. Jai complains about caring for 3 kids & not having any me time, yet has the money for a live in nanny & does not have to work. She decides to go overseas traveling with a girlfriend b/ ...more
Heather
Jun 13, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really did not care for this book. Maybe I am missing the point? I read the Last Lecture, and enjoyed that. I found myself thinking, "what you need a Nanny, a baby sitter, and au pair to do the day to day things?" I can see how losing your husband would be such a great stress, but there are woman out there that do not have husbands and care and balance their lives with kids. Another part that bothered me, was the fact she left her children to go to Houston for months to be with her husband for ...more
Sara Hassan
Oct 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-my-bookshelf
What a true fighter Jai Pausch is. This was a really nice read.
RIP Randy Pausch.
Heather
Jan 01, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
I'm not sure what I expected from this book, but I don't feel it met my expectations. Like Jai Pausch (widow of "Last Lecture" author Randy Pausch), I know what it's like to meet the man you think you are going to spend the rest of your life with, only to have that plan cut way too short by his death. Unlike Jai, however, I lost mine to a heart attack and we didn't have kids so I didn't face the struggles of a caregiver or a soon-to-be single parent.

I guess I thought this book would be more insp
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Crown Publishing Group
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."

In Dream New Dreams, Jai Pausch shares her own story for the first time: her emotional journey from wife and mother to full-time caregiver, shuttlin
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Christina Hodge
Truth be told, I was more excited about the fact that she wrote the book than the actual book itself...

The nation was taken by storm by the entire concept of "The Last Lecture" series, and the wonderful lessons it taught us about our own life, and respectively, our own immortality...colleges across the nation developed like lectures, and we were all inspired, once again, at the power of words and the realization they can bring...

Fast forward a few years, and we have the opportunity to hear the s
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Elizabeth
May 13, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book in a goodreads giveaway. The author claims that she wrote this book to help shed light on the pain and suffering caregivers go through when taking care of others who are ravaged with cancer. I don't think this book does that, I'm not down playing her grief but she had it a lot easier than most people ever would. She didn't have to worry about the financial aspect and even after her husband passed she was set so she didn't have the worries of going back to work and she even had a ...more
Michelle
May 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The foreword by the author of this book spoke to me, almost in each sentence...what valuable thoughts she shares and knowledge that I wish I would have had several years ago.Hindsight is always so interesting! Having been in a position of caregiver and support to several who were dying or had lost family members, I didn't realize at the time that the person in the caregiver/support role needs support too. I somehow thought I needed to carry it all in my own two hands so that those I loved who we ...more
JoAnn
I am so glad that I won this book from the goodreads first reads give-away. It was a very heartfelt, poignant, honest, and inspring look at how Jai Pausch dealt with her husband's struggle with and ultimately his death from pancreatic cancer. She talks about the difficulty of being a caregiver to a dying loved one, the ifficulties, the pain, ups and downs, without romanticizing it. I was especially inspired by her decision not only to survive this tragedy, but also to thrive and find happiness a ...more
Kara
Aug 27, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would maybe give this 3.5 if possible.

Pausch is a good writer so that works in her favor. I haven't read the last lecture so I went into this with minimal background knowledge. I think this book will become a standard for oncologists to recommend to patients and caregivers. Her experience is invaluable in that regard as it is a pretty honest look into her life taking care of her husband and family.

Without belittling her experience, I think some caregivers may find it a little...too much(?).
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Melissa
Dec 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading her husband Randy's memoir, The Last Lecture, I followed his progress and ultimately, his death from pancreatic cancer. He was a brilliant man, and Jai's biography not only picks up where he leaves off, giving a rounding out to the family's experience, but it offers great insight into the role of the caregiver. Jai made sacrifices no person should have to in order to care for her very ill husband. She chose to live in another state while he sought treatment, leaving her children wh ...more
Katherine
Oct 07, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
When I flicked through this book in the library I thought that I would love this book as I am living the situation she was in. I have a husband with brain cancer and two very young children.

As much as I wanted to I could not connect with Jai.

Jai complained about everything when the reality is that although she was doing it tough it could have been a lot worse. She had no financial worries, had childcare available at all times and was able to leave her children to go with her husband. I would lo
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Betsy
Jun 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: z-2012-jul
Dream New Dreams was such an inspiring book. The author is the widow of Randy Pausch, author of The Last Lecture. The book tells Jai's story of Randy's diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, the struggles of his treatment, the grief of his loss, and the journey of life after Randy. Even though the reader can tell she loved (and still loves) Randy, she talks about his imperfections as well as his strengths. The book discusses the caretaker's side of the story. People tend to forget that the caretaker's ...more
Erin Cataldi
Jul 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having read Jai Pausch's husband's beautiful story on childhood dreams, "The Last Lecture" I was more than willing to give "Dream New Dreams" a chance. Jai's story follows her trials as caregiver to her husband as he suffered through pancreatic cancer and eventually died. Her story is heartfelt and the pain that she and her family went through is excruciating. Jai masterfully recounts her experiences prior to, during, and after her husband's battle with cancer. She reaches out to the heart of ev ...more
JDK1962
Mar 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was among those who watched Randy Pausch's last lecture on YouTube and bought the book when it came out. It was the story of an inspirational man who loved the life he built for himself, learned things along the way, and died too soon.

Jai Pausch's book provides another angle on the story, one no less valid. Her tale of being a caregiver is heartbreaking, and inspiring in its own way: taking a role you never wanted and would have done anything to avoid, but doing it to the best of your ability,
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Libby
Jul 31, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read this after coming across it in the library because I had followed Randy Pausch's blog during his fight with pancreatic cancer and was curious to see what his wife had to say. I found the tone of the book annoying--the most interesting parts to me were when she spoke of the difficulties in their marriage caused by her charismatic husband's controlling nature and their seeking counseling to be able to stay together during his illness. She seems to have blossomed after his death and has rema ...more
Mary
Mar 25, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Terrible!!!! I almost couldn't finish it but I just kept hoping it would get better, but it didn't. The author lacks personality and is whiny. Parts of the book that I was longing for another widows wisdom were completely lacking. She even made her dying husband seem like a cold unlikeable person. Who knows what goes on behind closed doors, but The Last Lecture made him seem like an amazing person and a great husband and father. This book did not.
Marianne K
May 13, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I did not like this book. I just could not connect to the author. She came across as a whiny narcissist. Too much info was revealed about her husband that was private and should have remained so. This woman had an incredible amount of support through family, friends, counselors, nannies, babysitters, au pairs, and monetary means and still managed to whine throughout. It was an essay, stretched to a book. Doesn't work.
Paul  Hankins
Mar 30, 2012 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
By the wife of the late Randy Pausch, author of THE LAST LECTURE (you've seen his video on YouTube, to be sure). I've requested this book early. I hope to get to see it early. If not, this looks to be a nice read to begin the summer reading season.
The-vault
By Jai Pausch. Grade: A+

Randy Pausch, wrote The Last Lecture when he was fully aware of his approaching death. He was a professor at Carnegie Mellon University and in September’06 he was told he had pancreatic cancer. Working behind him as his support, for virtually his lifeline, was Jai, his wife. The Last Lecture (now also a book by Randy Pausch) went viral on Youtube and led Randy Pausch to give appearances on several shows like Opera and Good Morning America.

“Experience is what you get when
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