The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
I started the year off reading a truly inspirational book by Randy Pausch with Jeffrey Zaslow (remember I read two of his books last year). Randy rode his bike daily while fighting cancer and on 53 long bike rides he spoke with Jeffrey Zaslow who put the book together for him. He could have done it himself, but it would have taken precious time from his family. The book is The Last Lecture and this is my second attempt at reading it. Last time I read on the book jacket that he was a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon and that this was his last lecture. For some reason, I was drawn to checking it out again from the library and I read it in a single afternoon (the family got leftovers for New Year's dinner... oh well!). It is an easy read; powerful yet simple and oh so real. I saw my son in this man. And I am making him read it now. This is the kind of book I could see myself rereading every year to center myself. Here is a New York Times article about Randy Pausch: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/26/us/26pausch.html?_r=0.