The Priority List
A Teacher's Final Quest to Discover Life's Greatest Lessons
By David Menasche
(Touchstone, Hardcover, 9781476743448, 288pp.)
Publication Date: September 17, 2013
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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In this poignant and inspiring memoir, a beloved high school English teacher with terminal brain cancer undertakes a cross-country journey to reunite with his former students in order to find out if he made a difference in their lives, discovering along the way what is truly important in life.
At thirty-four years old, David Menasche was diagnosed with brain cancer. Six years later and fifteen years after he began teaching, Menasche suffered a catastrophic seizure that began to steal his vision, memories, mobility, and perhaps most tragically of all
David Menasche majored in journalism at Eugene Lang College and the New School for Social Research. He later earned his teacher certification from Florida International University and taught at the renowned Coral Reef Senior High School for fifteen years. In 2012, he was awarded Teacher of the Year by his region. He lives in New Orleans.
Teaching high school English came naturally to David Menasche but a terminal brain cancer diagnosis forced him to leave the classroom. So he visited some of his former students to see what impact he's had on them. He writes about the experience in his forthcoming book, The Priority List. More at NPR.org
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"A lot of people could write about what they would do if they were told they only had a short time to live, but few could write as thoughtfully, and with as much honesty, as David has with The Priority List. This former skate punk turned English teacher's life lessons will inspire anyone who reads them."
-Jim Lindberg of Pennywise
“Within David’s journey, there are powerful lessons about how we connect to one another, and how even the smallest gestures can leave a lasting legacy. THE PRIORITY LIST is a brave and important book, which at its deepest level reminds us what it means to be human."
-Jerry DeWitt, author of Hope After Faith