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Posted September 2, 2010
A Fine Example of Overcoming Adversity
<p>When Lee Kravitz became suddenly unemployed at age 56, one thing he had going for him was a strong support system in the person of his wife, Elizabeth. After collecting his thoughts and including her in his decision-making, he planned to take the next 12 months to fulfill intentions he had allowed to be crowded out during his years of being a workaholic. Adversity is overcome only by levelheadedness—a trait that easily escapes us when the proverbial rug has been pulled from under us. I know—from experience. That's why <strike>I wanted</strike> I needed to read <em>... unfinished business ...: One Man's Extraordinary Year of Trying to Do the Right Things</em>. </p>
<p>By the end of the second chapter, I began to see a pattern emerging. During or after the resolution of each item on his list, Kravitz became a recipient of residual benefits in one form or another. These were unexpected outcomes due to sincere efforts on his part that brought closure to others' lives as well. In Chapter One, <em>Searching for Sorrow's Daughter</em>, he located his Aunt Fern living in a nursing home; and learned she had not had a visitor in over 14 years. Even though she had the presence of mind to bring sunshine into the lives of the staff and fellow residents of Aurora Manor, she never realized she was only 30 minutes away from her childhood home—until her nephew, "Lee Richard," began to visit and told her so. </p>
<p>I've come across reviews where this book was recommended for a specific segment of the population. The only qualifiers I would suggest regarding this book would be an open mind and a willingness to seek the best in any circumstance. That's what Lee Kravitz brought; and he came away with so much more. </p>
<p>I received a complimentary hardcover edition of <em>...unfinished business...</em> directly from the publisher. This has in no way influenced my review of the book. I have neither been offered nor received monetary compensation from the author, publisher, or other literary agents. I thank Bloomsbury USA for allowing me the opportunity to write an impartial review. A similar version of this review will has been posted on <a href="librarything.com" target="blank">LibraryThing</a>. </p>
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