The Last Lecture

The Last Lecture

Large Print - 2008
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Reflections of a Carnegie Mellon computer science professor who lectured on "Really achieving your childhood dreams," shortly after having been diagnosed with terminal cancer. His advice concerned seizing the moment while living, rather than dying.
Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2008
ISBN: 9781410407115
Characteristics: 285 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Zaslow, Jeffrey


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"Made famous by his "Last Lecture" at Carnegie Mellon and the quick Internet proliferation of the video of the event, Pausch decided that maybe he just wasn't done lecturing. Despite being several months into the last stage of pancreatic cancer, he managed to put together this book... Read More »

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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.
We would appreciate being health and

Jul 15, 2012

A great, quick read that is full of simple stories and heartfelt advice. I'm glad I read it and it has helped me put some things in my own life into perspective.

Mar 03, 2012

One of the most influential people of all time. Randy Pausch describes how to live and love life each and every day. It is sad that he is no longer with us. He chose to leave behind a legacy for his family and anyone willing to spend the effort to hear his words.

Mar 01, 2012

Absolutely inspiring book. What makes this very short book even better is AFTER you've read it, watch and listen to it at:

Don't do it the other way...otherwise you won't know what Randy's wife whispers to him at the end.

If you are unmoved by what you read, see and hear, you should seek medical attention immediately for yourself. Clearly, there's something wrong with your heart.

Nov 20, 2011

A book not about death, but really about how to live.

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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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Jun 12, 2018

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