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Finding Chika: A Little Girl, an Earthquake, and the Making of a Family

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Bestselling author Mitch Albom returns to nonfiction for the first time in more than a decade in this poignant memoir that celebrates Chika, a young Haitian orphan whose short life would forever change his heart.

Chika Jeune was born three days before the devastating earthquake that decimated Haiti in 2010. She spent her infancy in a landscape of extreme poverty, and
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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published November 5th 2019 by Harper
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Kloe
Mar 20, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Mitch Albom is going to have a new book and no one here except me on goodreads is hyped for it ??!
Linden
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Author Mitch Albom and his wife Janine run an orphanage in Haiti, and they received a call that one of their favorite children, 5 year old Chika, had something very wrong. The only MRI machine in Haiti identified a brain mass, so they brought Chika to Michigan to see if they could get treatment for her. She had a rare incurable brain tumor which attacks young children, but they tried everything, including extended stays in Germany for an experimental treatment. The book was very thought-provokin ...more
Kim Fox
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So many feelings about this book. I knew after the first chapter that I would not be able to put it down. I finished it in just under six hours. The way @mitchalbom tells a story ,is what propelled me through this book. And this one will resonate with everyone! I don't like to write a synopsis in my reviews, so I will just say this... You will learn something about yourself when you read this book. It will touch your heart and yes, have tissues ready!


I received this ebook from Edelweiss for my
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Jec
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you so much to NETGALLEY for providing me with this most wonderful book.

This is a touching tribute to a child who capture the heart and soul of author Mitch Albom and his wife Janine. You will laugh...you will cry...but you will never forget the story of this very special family. Mr. Albom is honest and pulls no punches in his feelings and experiences in relating the story of how their little family came to be. The story is told in a very unique manner which makes this book a j
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Elizabeth
Sep 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-arc
Thanks to HarperCollins Publishers and NetGalley for an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for my honest review.

Touching tribute to Chitka, whom the author and his wife rescued from a Haitian orphanage so she could receive better medical care in the United States. I loved Chitka’s spirit! I will think of her when things are tough.

I was a bit confused at times if the author was imagining Chitka’s presence or if they were true memories.

My favorite book by this author remains Tuesdays wi
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Chris
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
There’s hardly a writer around who tugs at the heart like Mitch Albom. He jettisoned into fame with “Tuesdays with Morrie,” (1997). After a string of stirring titles, Mitch shines again with “Finding Chika, a Little Girl, and Earthquake, and the Making of a Family,” a slim memoir about a Haitian orphan Mitch and his wife Janine take in.
Unable to have children, the Albom’s new family of three sadly isn’t long lived—Chika died of a brain tumor at age seven, two years after Albom took her fro
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Kasey
Oct 30, 2019 marked it as to-read
Thank you for the opportunity to review this book as a giveaway recipient. I am excited to read it and will update my thoughts on this book soon!
Jena Henry
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am blessed to have had the opportunity to read this book prior to its release on November 5, 2019. To all the fans of Mitch Albom, and who isn’t a fan-his books have collectively sold more than 40 million copies- I can assure you that this non-fiction book is Mr. Albom at his best.

The book is subtitled “a little girl, an earthquake and the making of a family”. The little girl is Chika, a three year old child who was orphaned in the devastating earthquake in Haiti in 2010. As a result, Chika c
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Fene
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
[ Prepare a box of tissue if you are gonna read this. ]


It had been the longest time since Mitch Albom has had any non-fiction work. Having his new book in my hand was simply very exciting. This is a memoir and a tribute to the beautiful Medjerda Chika Jeune.
His books have always been so magical, i am attracted to his words, my mind tends wandering in his story and he never failed making me cry. Once i started with the first chapter, i knew i could never put it down alread
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Jennifer
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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“I am a child of God.”

This epitaph succinctly summarizes the identity, seven year long life, and lasting legacy of a Haitian orphan named Chika. Hers is a story about “The family. It is not better than a couple’s love, it’s complementary, forged with a new appreciation, and a wider, expansive heart...Families are like pieces of art, they can be made from many materials. Sometimes they are from birth, sometimes they are melded, sometimes they are merely time
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Cheri
”Hopelessness can be contagious. But hope can be, too, and there is no medicine to match it. Chika’s believing in us helped us believe in ourselves.”

In the late 90s, a friend gave me a copy of Mitch Albom’s “Tuesdays With Morrie,” and when I saw that he had another new memoir coming out, I knew I wanted to read this one, and put my name on the list at my library.

The lessons he learned with Morrie, an old professor, are very different from the ones he learns from Chika, a young girl whose life
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LiteraryMarie
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
For years, Mitch Albom has graced us with fictional stories that made us think. Characters that stuck in our minds. Wisdom and quotes to last a lifetime. Finally, the bestselling author shares his own true story. The memoir is heartbreaking, joyful, sad yet full of life. Finding Chika is about a little girl, an earthquake, and the making of a family.

Chika is a young Haitian orphan born three days before the record-breaking devastating earthquake in 2010. By divine design (my words, n
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Wendy
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
Definitely writing this with tears in my eyes. As a huge fan of Tuesdays with Morrie, I knew I needed Mitch Albom's first non fiction in more than a decade. Chika Jeune was born three days before the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti in 2010. Her mom passed away after giving birth to her baby brother, so she was brought to the orphanage that Mitch Albom operates in Port-au-Prince. When Chika is diagnosed with DIPG at five - something "no-one in Haiti can help you with", Mitch and his wife Ja ...more
Krystal
Oct 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Special thank you to Harper Collins for gifting me with this ARC in exchange for my honest review. I was sent this novel as a result of winning a Goodreads giveaway.
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Mitch Albom is no stranger to the best-seller lists, and certainly takes the literary world by storm with each book he releases. Finding Chika will be no different with its release in November.

This is the heart-warming story o
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Emmanuel
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What is the last book that made you cry/tear up?
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It's been a long time since I read a book that made me tear up, but Finding Chika by Mitch Albom made me UGLY CRY. 😭 I am willing to admit that because it's so rare to read a book that's inspiring and heart-breaking at the same time. This is why Mitch Albom is my favorite writer. He has a simplistic yet powerful writing style and wraps it up neatly into a creative and personal story. This is a memoir, yet it reads like one of his ficti
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Meghan
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
This book was received as an ARC from HarperCollins Publishers in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

I have always been a Mitch Albom fan from his sportscasting to his books such as Tuesdays with Morrie and The Five People You Meet In Heaven. This book made me an even bigger fan of him because it showed his loving vulnerable side and how much love he has in his heart for taking care of Chika. This book is a prime exampl
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Barbara
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I would like to thank HarperCollinsPublishers for sending me this book that is an Uncorrected Proof for Review. I actually, received it on September 25th (estimated date) so I was able to take it camping in the woods with me.

Grieving is the hardest thing a person ever has to go through.

Chika has an uplifting spirit no matter how sick she becomes. She is curious about everything around her and seeks knowledge of things most young children do not care about. Mitch and Janine fall in love with he
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Kristian
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Transitional book from Mitch Albom? I love this book, Gone for the most part are the plot twists, Sentimental or otherwise replaced by more of a straightforward very real story, Mitch Appears far less certain of himself (vulnerable nearly) as he relies he doesn't have all the answers.
It's also a story of the Soul and how very different people that on the surface have so little in common or to offer each other are not so different after all.

I think this book might be a transitional one for Mitc
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Aisling Smith
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first fell in love with Mitch Albom with the Five People You Meet in Heaven. This book was given to me after the loss of my son to a brain tumour called Medulloblastoma at the age of 6 in August 2005. This book is open and honest, it was at times so hard for me as it brought to the surface some painful memories and reminded me of happy memories we made during his treatment. Memories I had almost forgotten. Today I read the physical book and listened to the audiobook. Dear Mitch from the day ou ...more
Casey Bottono
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mitch Albom has written another book that deserves to become a classic. The joy and anguish at various points of his journey with Chika and Janine are palpable. Finding Chika lingers in the memory long after reading the last pages.

Albom skilfully interweaves lessons from previous mentors as supplementary material to his journey with Chika throughout her illness. It would be folly to say that Albom's experiences with Morrie Schwartz and Rabbi Albert Lewis prepared him for this journey, but they
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Robert Yokoyama
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I admire anyone who has the compassion to care for a child who is not their own biological child. Mitch Albom and his wife are two such people. I have never heard of inhaling a certain type of alcohol to treat a brain tumor. I am just amazed at the lengths they went through to find a cure for this little girl. I love how he and his wife tried to provide Chika with a happy childhood. I like Chika challenged Albom's sense of faith and made him cherish time more. This book makes me appreciate the g ...more
Dai Guerra
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love all of the books I’ve read by Mitch Albom and this one was no different. Mitch really captured how much of a beautiful child Chika was and I love how her personality shines through each word.
I loved the way this book was structured where he had segments where it was him and Chika speaking, then just him about his insights and then parts of the past and what she taught him. I loved hearing each lesson he learned through her and how fond he is of those lessons.
You get so attached to Chika
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Deborah Rusch
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Mitch Albom is such a good man. I’ve read several of his books and I think this one is the most heart wrenching. Haiti is the second poorest country on earth. Hit by earthquakes and hurricanes families often have to give children to relatives or in this case an orphanage supported by Mitch himself and all proceeds from his true story go to support it. At the orphanage he meets a little girl, Chika, who for medical reasons he takes back to America where he and his wife, in their 50s, undergo a 23 ...more
Heather Scott Partington
Mitch Albom’s latest memoir is a sentimental story of a life transformed. Would you expect anything else?

Albom’s "Finding Chika" (Harper, 256 pp., ★★ out of four stars) details the author’s relationship with a young girl, Chika Jeune, whom he met at the Have Faith Haiti Mission and Orphanage in Port-au-Prince, which Albom directs and visits regularly. Chika, born only days after the 2010 Haitian earthquake, was surrendered by family several years later when her mother died in childbi
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Michelle
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Last night I saw Mitch Albom and he spoke about Chika. It was one of the most beautiful and humbling experiences of my life. Reading this book, so very personal to him and relevant to us all, is an experience I recommend. It is short, to the point, and beautifully expressed. What he and his wife did for Chika, what Chika gave them, and what he does for the Haitian orphanage since 2010 is just the work of an angel. Mitch finished with words that really moved me and I hope I'm saying them as he di ...more
Lisa
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
"Finding Chika" is an incredible moving and heartbreaking story of a little girl, who despite a cruel medical diagnosis, brought joy and happiness to everyone she met. Hoping American doctors could help this beautiful little girl, author Mitch Albom and his wonderful wife Janine, welcome Chika into their home and hearts. I have nothing but the highest admiration for this family for sharing with the world Chika's journey and her bright spirit. Filled with love, faith, inspiration and hope this ma ...more
Debbie
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a very thought provoking book about life and what really matters most. Mitch Albom does a great job telling the story of a Haitian orphan who has been entrusted to the care of he and his wife. Although they had no children of their own she quickly became a part of their family as they try to fight her illness. Chika in turn teaches them how to live life to it’s fullest and value the smallest of moments. The author had a unique writing style for telling this story that made it very engag ...more
Debbie Turner
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have to start this review with a disclaimer: I love all of Mitch Albom's works. This book was no exception. I cried as I walked through Chika's short life with Mitch and Janine. I lost a sister who had a brain tumor. Her battle was 4 months and 1 day. This book brought back so many memories for me, heart-wrenching and deep-seated memories, tempered by memories of love and laughter. Thank you for writing this book and forcing me to face the loss of my sister once more. My sister, just like Chik ...more
Jec
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you so much to NETGALLEY for providing me with this most wonderful book.

This is a touching tribute to a child who capture the heart and soul of author Mitch Albom and his wife Janine. You will laugh...you will cry...but you will never forget the story of this very special family. Mr. Albom is honest and pulls no punches in his feelings and experiences in relating the story of how their little family came to be. The story is told in a very unique manner which makes this book a j
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Anne
It's difficult to criticize a memoir that involves the death of a young child. I wanted to like this book; I really did. However, the "visits" from Chika seemed contrived and somewhat cloying. Albom and his wife were dedicated to Chika, who entered this world with the odds stacked against her. I wholeheartedly admire the Alboms for devotion to this child; few people would go to the lengths to which they went to help Chika overcome her dire diagnosis. Overall, this book was superficial and maudli ...more
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Mitchell David Albom is an author, journalist, screenwriter, playwright, radio and television broadcaster and musician. His books have collectively sold over 35 million copies worldwide; have been published in forty-one territories and in forty-two languages around the world; and have been made into Emmy Award-winning and critically-acclaimed television movies.

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