The Priority List

The Priority List : A Teacher's Final Quest to Discover Life's Greatest Lessons

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Based on a beloved teacher's most popular lesson, "The Priority List" is a bold, inspirational story of learning, love, and legacy that challenges us to ask: What truly matters in life? David Menasche lived for his work as a high school English teacher. His passion inspired his students, and between lessons on Shakespeare and sentence structure, he forged a unique bond with his kids, buoying them through personal struggles while sharing valuable life lessons. When a six-year battle with brain cancer ultimately stole David's vision, memory, mobility, and--most tragically of all--his ability to continue teaching, he was devastated by the thought that he would no longer have the chance to impact his students' lives each day. But teaching is something Menasche just couldn't quit. Undaunted by the difficult road ahead of him, he decided to end his treatments and make life his classroom. Cancer had robbed him of his past and would most certainly take his future; he wouldn't allow it to steal his present. He turned to Facebook with an audacious plan: a journey across America-- by bus, by train, by red-tipped cane--in hopes of seeing firsthand how his kids were faring in life. Had he made a difference? Within forty-eight hours of posting, former students in more than fifty cities replied with offers of support and shelter. Traveling more than eight thousand miles from Miami to New York, to America's heartland and San Francisco's Golden Gate, and visiting hundreds of his students, David's fearless journey explores the things we all want and need out of life--family, security, independence, love, adventure--and forces us to stop to consider our own Priority more

Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 132.08 x 180.34 x 27.94mm | 158.76g
  • Touchstone Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1476743444
  • 9781476743448
  • 157,057

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"In an abstract way, we all know that life is short and precious. Or, at least, we THINK we know. But for David Menasche -- a passionate young teacher diagnosed with terminal cancer at age 34 -- that notion was anything but abstract. Filled with a wide-eyed reverence for life, he set off on an audacious journey around the country, determined to visit all his old students and speak to them (and listen to them) about the true priorities of existence. The result is a beautiful, heartfelt, and ultimately important story about love, kinship, gratitude, and miracles."--Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love and The Signature of All Thingsshow more