Bestselling author Mitch Albom returns to nonfiction for the first time in more than a decade in this poignant memoir that celebrates Chika, a young Haitian orphan whose short life would forever change his heart.
Chika Jeune was born three days before the devastating earthquake that decimated Haiti in 2010. She spent her infancy in a landscape of extreme poverty, and when her mother died giving birth to a baby brother, Chika was brought to the Have Faith Haiti Orphanage that Albom operates in Port-au-Prince.
With no children of their own, the forty-plus children who live, play, and go to school at the orphanage have become family to Mitch and his wife, Janine. Chika’s arrival makes a quick impression. Brave and self-assured, even as a three-year-old, she delights the other kids and teachers. But at age five, Chika is suddenly diagnosed with something a doctor there says, “No one in Haiti can help you with.”
Mitch and Janine bring Chika to Detroit, hopeful that American medical care can soon return her to her homeland. Instead, Chika becomes a permanent part of their household, and their lives, as they embark on a two-year around-the-world journey to find a cure. As Chika’s boundless optimism and humor teach Mitch the joys of caring for a child, he learns that a relationship built on love, no matter what blows it takes, can never be lost.
Told in hindsight, and through illuminating conversations with Chika herself, this is Albom at his most poignant and vulnerable. Finding Chika is a celebration of a girl, her adoptive guardians, and the incredible bond they formeda devastatingly beautiful portrait of what it means to be a family, regardless of how it is made.
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About the Author
Mitch Albomis an internationally renowned author, journalist, screenwriter, playwright, radio and TV broadcaster and philanthropist. His 13 books have collectively sold more than 35 million copies worldwide and have been published in 49 territories, in 45 languages, and have been made into Emmy Award-winning and critically-acclaimed TV movies.A longtime panelist on ESPN's "The Sports Reporters," Albom has also penned films, plays, and a musical. For more than a decade, he was named top sports columnist in the nation by the Sports Editors of America, the highest honor in his field. In 2006, he founded S.A.Y. Detroit, an umbrella organization that now operates nine charities dedicated to improving lives of the neediest Detroiters.He also runs an orphanage in Port Au Prince, Haiti, the Have Faith Haiti Mission.He lives with his wife, Janine, in Michigan.
Date of Birth:May 23, 1958
Place of Birth:Passaic, New Jersey
Education:B.A., Brandeis University, 1979; M.J., Columbia University, 1981; M.B.A., Columbia University, 1982
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book was received as an ARC from HarperCollins Publishers in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. I have always been a Mitch Albom fan from his sportscasting to his books such as Tuesdays with Morrie and The Five People You Meet In Heaven. This book made me an even bigger fan of him because it showed his loving vulnerable side and how much love he has in his heart for taking care of Chika. This book is a prime example of how reaching out can lead to your life changing for the better and your heart becomes more full just like how Mitch's did while taking care of Chika. Flying down to Hati and visiting the orphanage changed Mitch's life for the better and if this book does not warm your heart, I do not know what will. This book also has a happy ending, and I like happy endings. We will consider adding this title to our Biography collection at our library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.
Mitch Albom has done it again. This book, about a little Haitian girl named Chika, explores the true story of a child from Albom's mission in Haiti, who is stricken with a deadly brain tumor at the age of 5. Albom and his wife Janine bring her to America and desperately seek treatment. Chika becomes their child in all the ways that matter, and the reader grows to love her as well.
I don't know where to begin with this book. I loved this story, it broke my heart. Chika was a breath of fresh air for Mitch and his wife and they taught her that anyone can and should receive love! This book made me want to be Mitch Albom's friend. He and his wife were so fantastic in all the things that they did for Chika, not only trying to save her life. They were genuine in their love for her and their heartbreak. She touched everyone's life that she came in contact with and seemed to make them happier. This book is so well written that it pulled me in immediately!!
A must-buy, must-read, must-gift buy for anyone with a heart. The story of love, family and lessons learned from children are all so incredibly told as only Mitch Albom can. Highly recommend for vacation reading and holiday gift giving (added bonus: it fits into most stockings!).