Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Book Recommendation: For One More Day

What if you had one more day to spend with someone you'd lost?

This is the premise of For One More Day, the recent release by Mitch Albom (Tuesdays with Morrie, The Five People You Meet in Heaven). I actually purchased the CD-ROM version to listen to in my car while on the road driving to speaking engagements. I found it to be a heartwarming story.

The book is described on Albom's Web site: "Albom’s tribute to family and particularly motherhood is his second novel and the first to feature a female protagonist. It explores questions of regret, divorce, and how we would spend one special day with the ghost of someone we loved." The site also goes into more detail about the plot.

Who wouldn't want to spend one more day with a loved one who has passed away? I know I have a long list of folks I would want to spend a day with, including my parents, and even more especially, my paternal grandfather, John Alzo, whom I never met (he died before I was born). I regret that I never knew him. I would love to just sit on the porch and listen to him tell stories and ask him questions about his homeland (Slovakia), his immigration to America, his family among others.

I highly recommend this book. It is an easy read (or listen), and although not a genealogical book in the "pure" sense, it does have some elements of family history and makes you think about your own life choices as well as those who have gone before you.

If you could spend one more day with someone, who would it be and why?

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