Finding Chika: A Little Girl, an Earthquake, and the Making of a Family (Signed Book)

Finding Chika: A Little Girl, an Earthquake, and the Making of a Family (Signed Book)

by Mitch Albom

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Overview

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. Chika is a celebration of a girl, her adoptive guardians, and the incredible bond they formed—a devastatingly beautiful portrait of what it means to be a family, regardless of how it is made.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062981110
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/05/2019
Edition description: Signed Edition
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 24
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Mitch Albom is a bestselling author, screenwriter, playwright and nationally syndicated columnist. The author of five consecutive #1 New York Times bestsellers, his books have collectively sold more than thirty-three million copies in forty-two languages worldwide. Tuesdays With Morrie, which spent four straight years atop the New York Times list, is now the bestselling memoir of all time. Four of Albom’s books, including Morrie, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, For One More Day, and Have a Little Faith, have been made into highly acclaimed TV movies for ABC. Oprah Winfrey produced Tuesdays With Morrie, which claimed four Emmy awards including a best actor nod for Jack Lemmon in the lead role. Albom has founded six charities in and around Detroit, including the first-ever twenty-four-hour medical clinic for homeless children in America, and also operates an orphanage in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. Albom lives with his wife, Janine, in metropolitan Detroit.

Hometown:

Franklin, 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

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Finding Chika: A Little Girl, an Earthquake, and the Making of a Family 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Jataylor1010 2 days ago
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.
Renwarsreads 5 days ago
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!!
Anonymous 7 days ago
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!).