Unfinished Business: One Man's Extraordinary Year of Trying to Do the Right Things

Unfinished Business One Man s Extraordinary Year of Trying to Do the Right Things Unfinished Business One Man s Extraordinary Year of Trying to Do the Right Things

  • Title: Unfinished Business: One Man's Extraordinary Year of Trying to Do the Right Things
  • Author: Lee Kravitz
  • ISBN: 9781596916753
  • Page: 280
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. It seems that Lee Kravitz is getting a lot of criticism here on GoodReads; readers are complaining that they didn't feel connected to the author or the story, and that it's difficult to relate to someone who can lose his job and still not have to work for a year. Here's what I know: 1) I know that my life up to the point where I lost my job was extremely dissimilar to Lee Kravitz's life, because I had not spent a summer exploring the Middle East, I did not go to Ivy League schools, and I have ne [...]

    2. It must be nice to have a family to care for (with three children) and two separate houses to upkeep (an apartment in NYC and a house upstate), and still not have it matter that much if you lose your job. In fact, it matters so little that you can spend a year jetsetting to connect with long lost friends and family members (that you've abandoned and completely ignored over the past three decades), have a meal or drink with them, and give yourself a really firm pat on the back at the end of the d [...]

    3. Book OverviewLee Kravitz was a self-described workaholic, who freely admits that he let his job dominate his life at the expense of his family. So when he loses his job as a magazine editor at the age of 54, it is a wake-up call to him. Stunned and shamed by the loss of the his job—the one thing that provided his identity for so long—Kravitz finds himself at loose ends.His wife suggests he attend a yoga retreat to help him deal with his feelings of loss and hopelessness. At the retreat, he r [...]

    4. Lee Karvitz is a workaholic and a powerful editor of a renowned magazine. At 55 years of age he is unceremoniously fired in the hallway at work. Ten boxes that were in storage at his now no-longer-job are sent to his country home and this arrival of detritus is what spurs him to make amends for basically being a 55 year old asshat.Each chapter is a journey in finding his way back to himself. Chapter One: Finding a Long-Lost relative- When Lee was 30, his beloved Aunt Fern was shipped off to a ho [...]

    5. Mom loaned Unfinished Business to me because she wanted to hear what I thought about it. I often don’t know what I think ‘til I see what I have to say, so here goes: I don’t read heavily in the memoir, autobiography, self-help, and inspirational genres because I tend to be mistrustful of authors’ motives as well as their ability objectively to write about their own lives, and I encountered nothing here to disabuse me of those particular beliefs.I finished reading Unfinished Business a mo [...]

    6. I had a hard time liking the author.First, he let his cousin's vague statement of "the doctors said" keep him from visiting his beloved Aunt Fern in her nursing home. I get that he lived elsewhere and his life took over, but for someone he claims to adore so much that's just cold.Second, not attending your grandmother's funeral because your wife's brother died recently and a second funeral is "too sad"? Very cold. And wrong. I can't buy the justification on that one either.The chapters could be [...]

    7. Oh, such mixed feelings. I think I will let some of my multiple personalities submit their thoughts.Trustful Me is delighted with the premise of Lee Kravitz's book: after he is summarily fired from his prestigious publishing job, Kravitz examines his life - a life that has been all work and no attention to family and friends - and decides it is time to address the many areas of his life that he has let slide. He visits the schizophrenic aunt whom he has ignored for 15 years; he finally writes a [...]

    8. What a tough book to review.To start, the first chapter--about the author's Aunt Fern--was wonderful. I can see how he lost track of her--even as a young adult, we often assume our elders know what is right. In this case, they didn't, and it took Kravitz over 20 years to realize that and do something about it. Who did this benefit the most? Fern! Not Kravitz, no matter how much he enjoys it and pats himself on the back. This was about Fern. And it gave me such high hopes for the book.The rest of [...]

    9. I was very excited to have won this on FirstReads, because it really is just my kind of book. It's heartwarming, thought-provoking, and a bit of a tear-jerker--everything warm and fuzzy that I expected and that it should be. Kravitz has a really interesting story to share, and it was a joy to read, especially the parts about his family and about his extensive travels to exotic locales.As a Gerontology major in college (one of about ten Gero majors in a school of over 30,000 students), I took a c [...]

    10. Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from Good Reads.Wow! But, let me make this clear. This book is for a specific point in a persons life. I do not recommend it for everyone. In your 50's you begin a new exploration of your life. You seek meaning, understanding and resolution. You start to think in terms of your mortality. This book is for someone at that point in their life.Having said that, this book is amazing. Kravitz loses his job and determines to take a year off to clear off u [...]

    11. Three stars would reveal that I like Lee Kravitz's UNFINISHED BUSINESS: ONE MAN'S EXTRAORDINARY YEAR OF TRYING TO DO THE RIGHT THINGS. So why didn't I just move the cursor to the middle star and click instead of adding the rating of this book to my unfinished business? Well, it ain't 'cause I don't already have plenty of unfinished business. Would I have read this book if I didn't?Kravitz's prose is lucid; his "story" is engaging; even the familiar material seems fairly fresh. Only the subtitle [...]

    12. I'm in the midst of finishing my to-read books largely consisted of how-tos and productivity books which would need longer time to be completed and fully comprehended. This reflection type of book is a fresh of breath air.A man being fired off the jobs he has been doing for more than 20 years, suddenly at lost realizing there are a lot of other parts of his life that he shuts off. Making amends, he started doing 10 things to untie the unfinished business and in doing that reduced the psychologic [...]

    13. This was a very enjoyable book, although I can't say I was blown away by it. I did, however, finish it and ended up being completely satisfied with how everything unfolded. Kravitz writing style is definitely very engaging. The narrative voice felt real and smooth. I found myself breezing through passages, not even noticing the pages turning - and that, my lovelies, is not an easy thing to accomplish! The storyline itself was solid, inspiring, moving and, well, very entertaining. Following Kravi [...]

    14. Well, I didn't dislike this book, but not much about it stood out to me. The first chapter about Aunt Fern seemed promisingI would have enjoyed hearing more about her. The other chapter I liked was researching his family's mob mythology to try and bring his dad and uncle togetherough I wish we'd have seen an actual reunion. The rest were hit or miss for me. And as much as he talks about his regret in being a workaholic and neglecting his family, his kids appear sporadically and his wife is menti [...]

    15. We all have moments in our lives that we'd do over again if we could. Things that we regret we said, or things we're sorry we didn't say. But most of us just try to tamp down the memory of our failings and console ourselves with the thought that we'll do better next time.Lee Kravitz goes one step better. After losing his job, and beginning to wonder whether work is all there is to life, he embarks on a year-long quest to right some past wrongs, or if not wrongs, at least actions he regrets. And [...]

    16. Won this one from . This book tells the story of Lee Kravitz who loses his job. He seemed to your typical middle-aged workaholic, who had neglected friends, family, and relationships in favor of work. After being fired, he loses his sense of identity; instead of immediately trying to find a new job, though, Kravitz decides to spend a year working through his "unfinished business".I think everyone can relate to this book on some level - while you may not be a workaholic or have skipped your belov [...]

    17. I was drawn to this book because I find myself in somewhat of a similar position to the author,Lee Kravitz. We both had our careers come to an unexpected halt. Both searching to fill time. Both have too much time to think and reevaluate now. so I picked up this book….So just a few opinions of mine on this book.I thought it was fantastic that he sought out his Aunt Fern after 15 years of being locked away in a mental asylum. I felt it shameful that the WHOLE family just excepted one doctors opi [...]

    18. unfinished business is the inspiring retelling of the author's 1-year quest to create closure on ten of his life issues that have disturbed him the most.This book validates the now popular belief that interpersonal relationships are the things that matter most in our lives. While the accumulation of material wealth, fame, and influence certainly produce significant ego-satisfaction, they don't produce the lasting sense of significance that accompanies solid relationships that are mutually suppor [...]

    19. Well, I loved the idea of sorting out things that have been weighing on you for years; things that you know you should have dealt with or changed, but that you never got around to. We all have stuff like this — there was a boy that was teased mercilessly in elementary school, and I threw my share of verbal stones in his direction. To this day, I feel absolutely wretched when I think about what this poor kid endured. I’ve tried finding him on FB, but he doesn’t seem to be on there, which ac [...]

    20. I wish the rating system allowed for 1/2 points, because what I really wanted to rate this book was 3.5 stars. I liked the book, but the part I really liked was the CONCEPT of the book: a first person account of a man in his 50's who consciously looked back on his life and deliberately chose to mend as many unmended fences as possible, in other words, to finish his "unfinished business." For Kravitz, the catalyst for his personal journey was the unexpected loss of his job and the realization tha [...]

    21. Author: Lee KravitzTitle: Unfinished Business: One Man’s Extraordinary Year of Trying to Do the Right ThingsDescription (source): After losing his job, Lee Kravitz—a man who had always worked too hard and too much—took stock of his life and decided to spend an entire year making amends and reconnecting with the people and parts of himself he had neglected. (cover)ARC source: Library ThingWriting style: Kravitz knows how to tell a good story, and I like the format of the book: an introducto [...]

    22. Disclaimer: I won this book from a First Reads giveaway.Each chapter of this book told the story of one of the author's attempts at tying up some personal loose ends he'd let dangle around for years while he was busy being engrossed in his job, from which he was recently laid off. Though several of the stories make references back to previous chapters, I felt that on the whole they were disjointed and just sort of lumped together haphazardly to make a book. There was no consistent narrative asid [...]

    23. Unlike other books I have read I did not walk away from this book inspired at all. Awesome, you have tons of money and feel bad because you neglected everyone you should be caring about for so long. It's nice you went out of your way to indulge yourself and spend a lot of money doing cool and fun things like visiting friends, and maintaining two housesBUTwhat about your family and children?! What about spending more time with them? What about doing something that really matters with all that mon [...]

    24. This book is was immediately interesting to me because it begins with the author losing his job through a layoff. This is something that is familiar to so many of us, so I was immediately engaged. He ends up making a list of events in his life that need closure, and instead of immediately looking for a new job, he decides (with his family's support) to take a year off and work on his unfinished business. He makes a list of things that he would like to attend to after going through boxes of items [...]

    25. This was a pretty good account of Lee's one year journey to tie up regrets in his life. They range from the mundane to the more interesting as the author seems to be acquainted with a number of fairly interesting people. This book serves as a reminder of what is important in life, and I'm likely to recommend this book to a couple of my friends who might need the reminder. It waxes quite spiritual in some parts although not overwhelmingly so. Kravitz's financial circumstances let him complete a l [...]

    26. I really enjoyed the concept of the book. Kravitz tells a pretty good story and doesn't drag anything out much further than he needs. The highlight, for me, was the chapter about his teacher, Tony Jarvis. Everyone should have a Tony Jarvis in their lives. The chapter itself doesn't get much done for the book, but I was just enamored with Jarvis. Jarvis exemplified a life well lived. The most important piece of advice came in this chapter: "If your generation is like those that have gone before i [...]

    27. As I have said with previous books, and as others have similarly commented, I liked the concept of this book more than I liked the story. The story wasn't bad, but it also wasn't riveting. What I appreciated was the thought-provoking aspect that made me stop and think about what unfinished business I have in my life. What things could I do differently to improve my life? How have I not lived life to this point and how can I change it? Granted, I'm not as financially stable as this guy apparently [...]

    28. Aku baca terjemahannya dan di sini, aku berperan sebagai proofreader ;)Buku ini diterbitkan Kaifa dengan judul The Ultimate Happiness, Important To-Do List Before You Die.Banyak urusan tak tuntas dalam hidup kita, entah sengaja tidak kita tuntaskan atau memang benar-benar belum bisa dituntaskan. Lee Kravitz mempunyai banyak urusan tak tuntas yang dia selesaikan satu demi satu. Banyak kejutan dan hikmah yang ia dapatkan. Mulai dari kedekatannya kembali dengan seorang kerabat, pertemuan-pertemuan [...]

    29. Lee Kravitz, author of Unfinished Business, was caught up in work, work, work, work, work. Not just for a year, but for years. Actually, most of his adult life.Until BAM! He lost his job in his fifties.After the to-be-expected-and-who-can-blame-him pity party, Kravitz opened some boxes of memories — literally — and he realized he had unfinished business. So, instead of frantically seeking a new job, he determined to take a year to himself to finish up his unfinished business.Unfinished Busin [...]

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