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From Tom Brokaw, the bestselling author of The Greatest Generation, comes a powerful memoir of a year of dramatic change—a year spent battling cancer and reflecting on a long, happy, and lucky life.

Tom Brokaw has led a fortunate life, with a strong marriage and family, many friends, and a brilliant journalism career culminating in his twenty-two years as anchor of the NBC Nightly News and bestselling author. But in the summer of 2013, when back pain led him to the doctors at the Mayo Clinic, his run of good luck was interrupted. He received shocking news that he had multiple myeloma, a treatable but incurable blood cancer. Friends had always referred to Brokaw’s “lucky star,” but as he writes in this inspiring memoir, “Turns out that star has a dimmer switch.”

Brokaw takes us through all the seasons and stages of this surprising year, the emotions, discoveries, setbacks, and struggles—times of denial, acceptance, turning points, and courage. After his diagnosis, Brokaw began to keep a journal, approaching this new stage of his life in a familiar role: as a journalist, determined to learn as much as he could about his condition, to report the story, and help others facing similar battles. That journal became the basis of this wonderfully written memoir, the story of a man coming to terms with his own mortality, contemplating what means the most to him now, and reflecting on what has meant the most to him throughout his life.

Generous, informative, and deeply human, A Lucky Life Interrupted offers a message of understanding and empowerment, resolve and reality, hope for the future and gratitude for a well-lived life.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Engaging…[with] the kind of insight that is typical of Mr. Brokaw’s approach to life and now to illness.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “The former NBC News anchor has applied the fact-finding skills and straightforward candor that were his stock in trade during his reporting days to A Lucky Life Interrupted.”

    USA Today

  • “Brokaw doesn’t paste a smiley face on his story. Again and again, the book returns to stories of loss but also of grace, luck, and the beauty of having another swing at bat.”

    Washington Post

  • “A powerful memoir of battling cancer and facing mortality…Through the prism of his own illness, Brokaw looks at the larger picture of aging in America.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “It’s impossible not to be inspired by Brokaw’s story and his willingness to share it.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Mark Bramhall provides a clear, crisp narration that is both welcoming and comforting…Brokaw also reviews some of the key points in his life and career, moments that are carried off with aplomb in Bramhall’s strong performance. The lessons of his experience are worth hearing…Bramhall keeps the candid story going with appropriate vigor.”


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