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For One More Day by Mitch Albom

For One More Day (2006)

by Mitch Albom

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I wish I could give this book to Gavin and have him read it. Maybe someday when he is older. Filled with such good insight. This poor boy chased after his dad's approval all his life, and treated his mom like crap. Later he grows up and sees all the story, not just part. Listened on audio, read by author.. great! ( )
  Indygirl | Aug 4, 2016 |
A quick undemanding read, but not very engaging and overly sentimental. ( )
  KarenDuff | Jun 1, 2016 |
Probably enjoyable even to non-readers, for me it was just 'fine'.
Review: https://weneedhunny.wordpress.com/2015/08/22/for-one-more-day-mitch-albom/
  zombiehero | Mar 25, 2016 |
My favourite of the three Albom books I've read. Definitely a rec. Wouldn't it be wonderful if we had the chance to do things over again, now that we've gained some wisdom through life experience. ( )
  junepearl | Mar 4, 2016 |
Chick chose to be a daddy’s boy only to have his father disappear when Chick was on the verge of adolescence. His life is crap and the last straw is when his only daughter has left him out of her wedding. He goes back to his hometown, with the intention of taking his life, but after failing to do so, he returns to his old house. His mother, having died eight years earlier, is still living there and invites him in as if nothing happened. ( )
  jenn88 | Feb 14, 2016 |
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This book is dedicated, with love, to Rhoda Albom, the mommy of the mummy.
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This is a story about a family and, as there is a ghost involved, you might call it a ghost story.
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“Every family is a ghost story . . .”

Mitch Albom mesmerized readers around the world with his number one New York Times bestsellers, The Five People You Meet in Heaven and Tuesdays with Morrie. Now he returns with a beautiful, haunting novel about the family we love and the chances we miss.

For One More Day is the story of a mother and a son, and a relationship that covers a lifetime and beyond. It explores the question: What would you do if you could spend one more day with a lost loved one?

As a child, Charley “Chick” Benetto was told by his father, “You can be a mama’s boy or a daddy’s boy, but you can’t be both.” So he chooses his father, only to see the man disappear when Charley is on the verge of adolescence.

Decades later, Charley is a broken man. His life has been crumbled by alcohol and regret. He loses his job. He leaves his family. He hits bottom after discovering his only daughter has shut him out of her wedding. And he decides to take his own life.

He makes a midnight ride to his small hometown, with plans to do himself in. But upon failing even to do that, he staggers back to his old house, only to make an astonishing discovery. His mother -- who died eight years earlier -- is still living there, and welcomes him home as if nothing ever happened.

Albom has said his relationship with his own mother was largely behind the story of the book, and that several incidents in “For One More Day” are actual events from his childhood.
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In an inspirational debut novel by the author of Tuesdays with Morrie, Charles "Chick" Benetto, grieving over the death of his mother, uses alcohol as a crutch to deal with his loneliness, isolation, and depression and the disintegration of his life, until an encounter with his mother's ghost brings him new awareness and leads him to attempt to put his life back together.… (more)

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