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For One More Day

by Mitch Albom

Hachette Books | April 1, 2008 | Trade Paperback

is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.
From the author of The Five People You Meet in Heaven and Tuesdays with Morrie, a new novel that millions of fans have been waiting for.
"Every family is a ghost story . . ."

Mitch Albom mesmerized readers around the world with his number one New York Times bestsellers, The Five People You Meet in Heaven and Tuesdays with Morrie. Now he returns with a beautiful, haunting novel about the family we love and the chances we miss.

For One More Day is the story of a mother and a son, and a relationship that covers a lifetime and beyond. It explores the question: What would you do if you could spend one more day with a lost loved one?

As a child, Charley "Chick" Benetto was told by his father, "You can be a mama''s boy or a daddy''s boy, but you can''t be both." So he chooses his father, only to see the man disappear when Charley is on the verge of adolescence.

Decades later, Charley is a broken man. His life has been crumbled by alcohol and regret. He loses his job. He leaves his family. He hits bottom after discovering his only daughter has shut him out of her wedding. And he decides to take his own life.

He makes a midnight ride to his small hometown, with plans to do himself in. But upon failing even to do that, he staggers back to his old house, only to make an astonishing discovery. His mother--who died eight years earlier--is still living there, and welcomes him home as if nothing ever happened.

What follows is the one "ordinary" day so many of us yearn for, a chance to make good with a lost parent, to explain the family secrets, and to seek forgiveness. Somewhere between this life and the next, Charley learns the astonishing things he never knew about his mother and her sacrifices. And he tries, with her tender guidance, to put the crumbled pieces of his life back together.

Through Albom''s inspiring characters and masterful storytelling, readers will newly appreciate those whom they love--and may have thought they''d lost--in their own lives. For One More Day is a book for anyone in a family, and will be cherished by Albom''s millions of fans worldwide.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 208 pages, 7 × 4.75 × 0.5 in

Published: April 1, 2008

Publisher: Hachette Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1401309577

ISBN - 13: 9781401309572

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent read! Uplifting and enjoyable!
Date published: 2014-09-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another good Albom read An easy quick read from Mitch Albom. Having one more day with someone you've lost and loved is something a lot of people would probably love - not that I think it is possible - but if you could make amends or learn a truth ... but only to lose them all over again ?? Best to live a good life with no humungous regrets, but with people being self destructive and proud, so many aren't capable of living with no regrets.
Date published: 2014-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A story of a day we all wish we could have Imagine having one more day with someone you have lost. The philosophical novel, "For One More Day," by Mitch Albom tells the story of Charley "Chick" Benetto, a troubled man at a crossroads in his life who finds himself reunited for one more day with his lost mother. The experience comes at just the right time. Plagued by a failed marriage, troubled career, bad finances and alcohol abuse, Charley returns to his childhood home to end his life. Expecting to walk into a cold and empty abandoned house, he finds the warm home of his childhood, well kept by his mother, who tells him she has been waiting and needs to talk. Together they spend one day together reflecting on key events in Charley's life. The experience helps him gain perspective on his identity, his relationship with both of his parents, his regrets and key events made possible by only a mother's love. Reminded of the love of his mother, Charley is able to gain the strength needed to stand up to life's challenges. And in reading this book, the reader can do the same thing.
Date published: 2010-10-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read This book definitely gets you thinking more about mom and your relationship. This book was so sad and so sweet at the same time. The characters and scenarios were so real!
Date published: 2010-05-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read This book was very unique in style. I haven't quite read a book like it. It is a fantastic light read, with only being 195 Pages. The Storyline keeps you very interested. I find that a person could really relate to this book, It touches on subjects that some of us have felt before, or will feel in our life. This was my first book by Mitch Albom, and after reading this book i can say that i will be picking up other books by him.
Date published: 2009-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heart Warming Story For One More Day is a story told through Chick Benetto. His life is a mess, he's an alcoholic, wasn't invited to his own daughter's wedding, divorced, and just been fired from his job. So he decides to pack up and travel back to his old empty family home to commit suicide. But on the way there, he gets into an accident and falls into some sort of unconcious dream. Where he returns to his old house and his mother, who is supposed to be dead is welcoming him at the door. Chick Benetto never had the best relationship with his Mom and he gets one more day to understand his mother and appreciate all that she did. Posey, Chick's mother is my favourite character in the book. She loved her family, provided good morals, worked two jobs, and when things were going bad she still managed to put a smile on her face. The story was inspirational. It will really make you appreciate your mother after reading it. It was sad because of all the unfortunate events that happenened to Chick and his mother. This story was very captivating because you were never quite sure where the story was going to take you. Although this was a great book, it was very similar to The Five People You Meet in Heaven. So it was nothing original or new once you have read the other book. Mitch Albom makes the book flow nicely and it's interesting to see how all the elements in the story are connected in someway. It's also good how Mitch Albom goes back in time, and tells stories about Chick as a kid and why his life is the way it is. He's very wise in his writing. It's a great book and if you liked The Five People You Meet in Heaven you're surely like this one even more.
Date published: 2009-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tugging at your Heart Strings. I normally don't indulge fiction novels but this one captured my heart. It's the type of novel that everyone can relate to in some way or another. The main character Chick has two options but only one choice. It's the type of novel that anyone can relate to and reminisce about. Picture having two choices, but you can only chose one..and in the end, you find out that the choice you made was wrong. It is extremely heartfelt, heartbreaking and compassion. I recommend this book to everyone that enjoys a touching novel. This sure brought tears to my eyes. Congrats to Mitch Albom for being the only novelist to date to make me cry :)
Date published: 2008-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An emotional tribute to family bonds, love and forgiveness I was totally absorbed by For One More Day by Mitch Albom, and taken back to a time when I, too, was young and everything seemed innocent, confusing and not always explainable. I highly recommend this read, but be prepared--you'll need a box of Kleenex at your side! Charles `Chick' Benetto has reached the end of his rope, so to speak. He is divorced and has a daughter who won't invite him to her wedding, a father who walked out on the family years ago and a mother who is dead. Chick is a washout as a baseball player and finds solace in one thing--alcohol. Feeling that he has nothing left to live for, nothing to hold onto, he plots his suicide and returns to his family home where he finds it not as empty as it should be. Through his mother's spirit, Chick learns that things weren't always as they seemed. He asks questions about his life, about his father, and is surprised by some of the answers. Some of the conversations are bittersweet and sad, while others will make you laugh. A cross between A Christmas Carol and Ghost, this is a beautifully wrought story that delves into the human psyche and into our yearning to go back and change things...if we had just one more day. For everyone who always wanted to go back in time, take back nasty words or find a sense of understanding, For One More Day is an emotional tribute to family bonds, love and forgiveness. One of Mitch Albom's finest works! This novel is that one last chance to see things as they were...and to make things right. Don't we all wish we had that? ~ Cheryl Kaye Tardif, author of Whale Song
Date published: 2008-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Extraordinary! Once again, Albom has proved himself a great author with exceptional ideas and insights. For One More Day opens your eyes to just how important certain people are to you, even if you may not realize it until its too late. While FOMD is a quick read, it is easy to get lost in the story and appreciate every word Albom has written.
Date published: 2008-07-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Quick, Good Read. What I like about Mitch Albom is that he takes experiences that have happned to him, and turns them into meaningful fiction that are filled with clear messages. "For One More Day" is a touching story about a man who has had rough times and decides to take his life. However, in that place between life and death he meets up with his mother who died years earlier. Through the novel they spend a day together remembering moments from their time together, visiting friends who are near death and revealing secrets wished were told when alive. This is a great, quick read that has many touching moments. If you liked "Tuesdays with Morrie" and/or "The Five People You Meet In Heaven", then pick this up.
Date published: 2008-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really Enjoyable Read I remember I picked up this book after reading "5 People you meet in Heaven" and putting it down thinking "eech--suicide, depressing, sad-nope not for me" but about 1 month later I bought it and really, really enjoyed it. Actually, I liked it better than "Tuesdays with Morrie". Within the first few pages I couldn't put it down and I finished it within 4 days. For anyone who has been touched by suicide and even if they haven't, it's a great book. Far from being sad, it was quite uplifting--explaining why we would feel the way we feel and why parents would do what they did. I really enjoyed this.
Date published: 2008-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A MUST READ An easy read ... but a must read. This book touched my heart and helped me through a difficult time of loosing my mom. Mitch is able to connect with his readers in a way that words cannot describe. A MUST READ!
Date published: 2008-03-14

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For One More Day

by Mitch Albom

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 208 pages, 7 × 4.75 × 0.5 in

Published: April 1, 2008

Publisher: Hachette Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1401309577

ISBN - 13: 9781401309572

About the Book

In this second novel from "The Five People You Meet in Heaven" author Albom, grief-stricken Charles Benetto goes into an alcoholic tailspin when his mother, Pauline, dies. After a suicide attempt, he encounters Pauline's ghost and the two revisit her life.

From the Publisher

From the author of The Five People You Meet in Heaven and Tuesdays with Morrie, a new novel that millions of fans have been waiting for.
"Every family is a ghost story . . ."

Mitch Albom mesmerized readers around the world with his number one New York Times bestsellers, The Five People You Meet in Heaven and Tuesdays with Morrie. Now he returns with a beautiful, haunting novel about the family we love and the chances we miss.

For One More Day is the story of a mother and a son, and a relationship that covers a lifetime and beyond. It explores the question: What would you do if you could spend one more day with a lost loved one?

As a child, Charley "Chick" Benetto was told by his father, "You can be a mama''s boy or a daddy''s boy, but you can''t be both." So he chooses his father, only to see the man disappear when Charley is on the verge of adolescence.

Decades later, Charley is a broken man. His life has been crumbled by alcohol and regret. He loses his job. He leaves his family. He hits bottom after discovering his only daughter has shut him out of her wedding. And he decides to take his own life.

He makes a midnight ride to his small hometown, with plans to do himself in. But upon failing even to do that, he staggers back to his old house, only to make an astonishing discovery. His mother--who died eight years earlier--is still living there, and welcomes him home as if nothing ever happened.

What follows is the one "ordinary" day so many of us yearn for, a chance to make good with a lost parent, to explain the family secrets, and to seek forgiveness. Somewhere between this life and the next, Charley learns the astonishing things he never knew about his mother and her sacrifices. And he tries, with her tender guidance, to put the crumbled pieces of his life back together.

Through Albom''s inspiring characters and masterful storytelling, readers will newly appreciate those whom they love--and may have thought they''d lost--in their own lives. For One More Day is a book for anyone in a family, and will be cherished by Albom''s millions of fans worldwide.

About the Author

Mitch Albom is an author, playwright, and screenwriter who has written seven books, including the international bestseller Tuesdays with Morrie, the bestselling memoir of all time. His first novel, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, was an instant number-one New York Times bestseller that has since sold more than six million copies worldwide. Both books were made into acclaimed TV films. Mitch also works as a columnist and a broadcaster, and serves on numerous charitable boards. He lives with his wife, Janine, in Michigan.