The Last Lecture

The Last Lecture

Book - 2008
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The author, a computer science professor diagnosed with terminal cancer, explores his life, the lessons that he has learned, how he has worked to achieve his childhood dreams, and the effect of his diagnosis on him and his family.
Publisher: New York : Hyperion, c2008.
ISBN: 9781401323257
Characteristics: x, 206 pages :,illustrations ;,19 cm.
Additional Contributors: Zaslow, Jeffrey


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Apr 02, 2021

This was such a perceptive and emotional book about what it means to face one's mortality and still maintain so much hope and learn to live in the moment, especially when one has a family and other loved ones. Pausch details little stories about his life and the lessons they taught him, and so many of them will stick with me. A few of the lessons, however, are oversimplified -- for instance, he emphasizes that working hard is enough to get you anywhere, but as a White male he did have privilege that played a role in his success. (That being said, I don't think he meant it in a way to downplay the impacts of privilege and inequity.) Overall, however, I loved Pausch's writing style, straightforward and not hyperbolic yet emotional and heartwarming. <3

Sep 15, 2020

This is a lecture I think every single student should read. The pages don't contain any earth-shattering discoveries or grand theories, but rather an autobiographical (and often light-hearted) reminder of the things we all forget. It's a collection of the stories and rules that he lived his life by.

I've accidentally fallen asleep during a lecture, but I've never cried during one until this came along. I consumed this series of notes and messages to his wife and kids in one sitting with the help of four tissues. I'm going to buy it so I can read it many times in the future.

Sep 23, 2019

This story about Randy Pausch and his last lectures captures all his lifelong dreams and what really matters to him. It was more an autobiography and tried to capture what life is all about as only someone dying can see. But I did not find it held my attention and halfway through put the book down.

Jan 10, 2019

The Last Lecture is a wonderful and fitting testament to Randy Pausch's too-short time on this planet. The wisdom he bestows is all well and good, but I think the book could've been stronger by focusing more on the struggle of those final months and less on his call to action for all to work hard to make your childhood dreams come true. But who am I to judge? This book was and is quite popular as it is.

San Mateo Public Library Book Discussion Group selection for November 1, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. in the Cedar Room

Jun 12, 2018

An interesting read by a father and husband reflecting on his life in his final stages of pancreatic cancer. A good reminder that each moment is precious as we never know how much time we have left

Mar 22, 2016

I had hoped to find this uplifting - instead I found it sort of annoying, and Randy Pausch self-aggrandizing. That being said, I'm glad he got to live so many of his dreams and to leave an excellent legacy of hope and aspiration for his children, and glad to see so many other people did get something out of this.

Sep 27, 2014

This book was good. It was a man writing about what worked for him in life as he reflected on it while preparing for death. It was not life changing nor particularly insightful for me. It was a decent read about Randy Pausch and a good reminder of the value of life. I did not find it preachy, but a series of stories. the short chapters were effective.

A patron review from the Adult Summer Game: "This book is written by a Professor at Carnegie Melba University ostensibly to provide his final truths as he approaches death from pancreatic cancer. In the end his message is one of faith: that by leading a good lfe all you deserve and desire will come to you. This is an excellent read."

May 30, 2014

Everyone should read this book.
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Jun 12, 2018

Time is all you have...and you may find one day that you have less than you think.

Mar 02, 2012

Getting people to welcome feedback was the hardest thing I ever had to do as an educator. (It hasn’t been easy in my personal life, either.) It saddens me that so many parents and educators have given up on this. When they talk of building self-esteem, they often resort to empty flattery rather than character-building honesty. I’ve heard so many people talk of a downward spiral in our educational system, and I think one key factor is that there is too much stroking and too little real feedback.

Mar 02, 2012

My colleague told me: “It took a long time, but I’ve finally figured it out. When it comes to men who are romantically interested in you, it’s really simple. Just ignore everything they say and only pay attention to what they do.”

Mar 02, 2012

Start-up companies often prefer to hire a chief executive with a failed start-up in his or her background. The person who failed often knows how to avoid future failures. The person who knows only success can be more oblivious to all the pitfalls.

Mar 02, 2012

Halfhearted or insincere apologies are often worse than not apologizing at all because recipients find them insulting.

May 02, 2010

I like another one:

"Whether you think you can or can't, you are right."

Angtho Aug 25, 2009

"We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand”

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