For One More Day

For One More Day

by Mitch Albom
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For One More Day by Mitch Albom

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781595305091
Publisher: Gift Books from Hallmark
Publication date: 04/29/2012

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.


Franklin, Michigan

Date of Birth:

May 23, 1958

Place of Birth:

Passaic, New Jersey


B.A., Brandeis University, 1979; M.J., Columbia University, 1981; M.B.A., Columbia University, 1982

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sweetpeaSP More than 1 year ago
This beautiful story touches the depth of the soul and makes us contemplate our fears, hopes and dreams. It forces us to question our mortality and of our loved ones. This is the story of Chick Benetto, a former professional baseball player. After middle age attacks Chick, he decides to take his own life after having lost both of his parents, his job and his marriage. Since his mother's death 8 years earlier, he'd been slowly drinking himself to death. Chick decides to visit his parent's boarded up home one last time before he puts the gun to his head. When he lets himself into the house he finds food cooking and a well-stocked house. He turns a corner. There stands is mother welcoming him with open arms. Chick has one last day with his mother, day to watch her work, to talk with her and sees his past the way it really was and not as he'd imagined it. Wouldn't we all love JUST ONE MORE DAY WITH SOMEONE WE LOVED AND LOST? Other good ones: THE FIVE PEOPLE WE MEET IN HEAVEN EXPLOSION IN PARIS THE BOY WHO CAME BACK FROM HEAVEN LET'S TAKE THE LONG WAY HOME THE SHACK
readtolive_livetoread More than 1 year ago
Another one of the authors fine books! A heartwarming story and a glimpse into the lives of some folks that we learned to care very much about. Has there ever been a person who did not wish For One More Day with a deceased loved one? This little book is a bit of wish fulfillment that is filled with hope and love. Charley Benetto is fortunate enough to get one more day with his deceased mother, as he lay dying in the grass after a botched suicide attempt. His mother teaches him lessons that help him to turn his broken life around, allowing him to reconcile with his daughter and begin leading a productive life. Ultimately I think this book hooked because I am a mother, and it made me think about the legacy that I want to leave in my childrens' eyes. It also made me think about my own childhood and my relationship with my parents. It doesn't take very long to read this book, but the warm fuzzies linger on for significantly longer. This is a wonderfully-intriguing story that is cleverly fashioned and highly recommended.
booksonmynook More than 1 year ago
This was a great interesting read. I enjoyed this one and hope the next book comes out soon.
MiaAdorable More than 1 year ago
This was an incredibly touching book. It talks about a son who lost his mother and is down and out on his luck in life. He is older and his family isn't really loving him right now. He gets into an accident and finds himself face-to-face with his dead mother. He knows she's gone and she knows that too but somehow, they go about life as though she was not. He slyly asks her questions about her being ... well, not alive, and she gives him semi criptic answers. He spends his day with his mother who tends to people's hair and families and he realizes that the people she is tending to are people who are about to pass on to the next life ... and beyond. It is such a compelling book and Mitch Alboom does it again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book very quick read makes you really think about your life and how you treat people teaches you not to take those in your life for granted
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow...I read this book in one weekend. What an absolutely wonderful story that will tug at your heart and put your own loved ones and your life into perspective!
BooksandCoffee88 More than 1 year ago
If yo want a book that will cause some tears to flow, this is it. Mitch Albom is awesome at touching the readers mind and soul. I recommend that this novel be read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading this book approximately 3 minutes ago. I am a 13 yr old girl who was recommended this book by a friend and I have to say that I had an urge to make a comment about it everywhere. Not only did I end up crying but after this, I am going to run up to my mother and tell her that I love her because out of all of the lessons that it teaches, it demonstarates how powerful the love of a mother can be and that it cannot be taken for granted.  I recommend it to all adolescents my age and older who think that they know it all. I can guarantee that they'll change their way of thinking towards their parents if they read the book. A truely amazing book and I plan on reading more books by Mitch Albom
Aduenas More than 1 year ago
Mitch Albom again delivers a great narrative that delves into the idea of being given a chance to possess a final day with a loved one who passed away and have the ability to truly connect and appreciate the person they are. As always Albom has a smooth deliverance to his story and it is reflected by how he is able to deliver a simple yet descriptive language and sentences that keep you engrossed in his novel. “There was a metal awning over the porch and a flower box filled with pebbles. The morning air seemed overly crisp now, and the light was strange, making the edges of the scenery too sharply defined, as if drawn in ink.” It becomes a good balance that Albom achieves as he progresses the story even with his descriptions. The structure of the novel is simple enough that it does not present any real issue, and the pacing is relatively lively to the point that chapters do not tend to drag on. The novel is broken into four principles sections and the material develops fluidly and manages to top itself each time with more anticipation and emotional moments that leave impressions in you for the remainder of the book. While at the same time Albom is giving multiple themes that easily explain themselves throughout the progression of the book. One of the biggest themes he gives is in the first couple of pages “Every family is a ghost story.” This line easily resonates in the novel and attaches to so many moments. Likewise, the theme of maturity and recognition plays one of the biggest factors in the piece. Since the structure follows Charles Benetto’s recollection of his life we in turn as the reader assimilate ourselves into Albom’s use of stream of consciousness, so easily do his thoughts become our thoughts, his fears, embarrassments, and desires become ours. This makes us, without trying too hard, remember and reflect on our own lives and the childhood moments we feel embarrassed about and proud of. It taps into our nostalgia extremely well, which in turn compounds our relatable interests with Charles Benetto and delivers him as a very realistic character. The only matter I found to be a slight issue is just how he ties the end together, it seemed a little too quick in its pace. This could have been on purpose, as it could have reflected the mindset of the main character. Even though this occurred it did not draw away drastically from the whole experience and enjoyment of the book. The book will leave a good impression and once again Albom examines a very personal and emotional topic associated with families, but manages to turn it into a heartwarming experience that leaves an impression that can only give you a smile despite the hardships discussed in it.
EG90 More than 1 year ago
Out of the couple of books that I have read by Mitch Albom, this is definetly the best. Albom creates a dream like state in which the main character a former baseball player, is on a spiraling road to self destruction. When he tries to commit suicide he sees his mother who passed away years prior. He begins a wonderful and inspirational path to self forgiveness, and awareness. Mitch Albom layers his book very uniquely, where one chapter is the present, and the next is a memory. His journey is touching and up lifting. When you read this book you realize how wonderful your own parents are, and I know that I realized how I have tooken forgranted my parents. If you feel like having your spirits uplifted, you must read this novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written, just like the other books written by Mitch
Two2dogs More than 1 year ago
I read this book two weeks after my own Mom passed away, left a huge impression on me, I've given this book as a gift to my sisters and cousins.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am not an avid reader. I can count the number of books i have read in the past five years on one hand. I read tuesdays with morrie when it came out and loved it so i decided to look for another mitch albom book. I kid you not i am not a "reader" but i started reading the book and i didn't stop until i was done. I read straight through and thought it was great. Thank you once again for getting a nonreader interested in a book. Good job mr albom!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What if you could talk to your deceased mother again, and feel again her care and love? Would it change your life? This is a story about such a happening in one man's life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
...insightful, thought-provoking novel by Mitch Albom that will bring tears to your eyes and warmth to your heart.
anthillhaven More than 1 year ago
This was better than I expected. Enjoy all his books and this is one of the better ones. Makes you think which can be good or not so much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Albom’s “For One More Day” is a “family ghost story” that is skillfully written that comes alive off the pages. The story involves a boy, Charles “Chick” Benetto, growing up adoring his father and wanting to please him in every way. Expectantly, his father leaves the house one night to never return. Now Chick is from a broken family in a small town where everyone seems to know the “Benetto family business.” Compounding his confusion, the story takes place during the 1960s where divorce is not common. This leaves him feeling different from the other kids in town. As any good mother, Pauline “Posey” Benetto, does the best she can raising her kids as a single parent although she she cannot fill the sense of loss Chick feels and the many questions that go unanswered by the departure of his father. This story is a touching tale for anyone who has every lost a loved one and longed for just “For One More Day” to set the record straight, tell them you love them, and to say “sorry.” Growing up with loving and caring parents is fundamental to a child’s upbringing; balanced parenting provides children with security and confidence. Chick’s father instilled within him that he was not going to be able to enjoy the benefit of being able to please both his mother and father, he had to choose. His father told him “You can be a mama’s boy or a daddy’s boy. But you can’t be both.” Chick chose to follow his father’s lead and viewed his mother as a secondary parent. The sudden split up and divorce, sent Chick into an emotional downward spiral that caused him to begin to resent his mother. After the split, his father was not a part of his life and provide no support for his family. Chick sought his father out, although he was in a nearby town, it might as well have been in another state because he did not have the means to go and find him. Over time, he gave up on the notion of ever seeing his father again. Posey could not fill the void now in Chick’s life and could not seem to do anything right in his eyes; he wanted his father. The only thing that he had left between him and his father was the love of baseball. Chick passionately worked at playing baseball often thinking of his dad sitting in the stands. He became exceptional good and received a college scholarship and eventually played Major League baseball for a short time. Fast forwarding to his adulthood, Chick did not have the life skills to deal with life’s challenges. He becomes depressed and turns to alcohol to cope. As his failing career and marriage begin to unravel he is filled with regret and despair. After learning his daughter had married and did not invite him to the wedding, Chick decides to take his own life. While unconscious, his mother now deceased, comes to him and they spend a remarkable day together. Chick now realizes that his mom had been there for him all along. The many questions he was searching for were answered, enabling Chick to put his life back together. The loss of a parent is a traumatic and devastating experience. You never have the time you think you have. This novel is a wonderful story that makes you reflect on life and the importance of the people in your life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved reading this book. It kept my interest from page one. I was a little taken back by the idea that he wanted to commit suicide, but after hearing what this man has been though I felt sorry for Chick. From someone who doesn’t normally read about ghosts and spirits and what-not, this was an incredibly interesting take on the subject. In Chick’s attempt to commit suicide, he looks back on his life and how things have changed, by spending time with his dead mother. At times this can be hard to follow, but the book does a great job at tying everything together at the very end. Long story short, Chick has to figure out where thing went wrong in order to make anything right.
arog13 More than 1 year ago
In Mitch Albom's novel, For One More Day, the main character, Charles "Chick" Benitto is an aging man who is having trouble in his life. His childhood started well, but his father left when he was fairly young. Back then, divorce was greatly frowned upon and his family was considered a sort of disgrace by a lot of people. When Chick was little, his dad gave him a choice. He could either be a "mommy's boy" or a "daddy's boy". He chose to be the latter. This choice greatly influenced his life. Even after his father left, he continued to follow the path his dad had laid out for him. He dropped out of college to play minor league baseball because his father wanted him to. He played in an alumni game and missed his mother's last day because his father wanted him to. Chick's mother worked so hard to set up a great life for Chick. She always stood up for Chick and tried to give him lots of love and care, but Chick never returned the favor. He was too busy trying to keep up with his dad. Chick's baseball career only lasted about 5 years. A couple of years later, Chick's wife left him. Chick began drinking a lot and got fired from his job. Then he found out his daughter had gotten married and he had not even been told until his daughter sent him a short letter. This pushed him over the edge. He went drinking and drove away, planning to kill himself by morning. Then, Chick is involved in a bad crash and finds his mother, who has been dead for over 5 years. It appears he has one more day to fix things with his mother and his life. I really liked this book. It had a good story line and some ideas that require some thought. I had read the Mitch Albom book Five Days in Heaven before this, and I liked that book a lot better. I expected this novel to be just as good, if not better, but I was sadly disappointed. Overall, this book is definitely worth reading, but it may not be as satisfying as other Mitch Albom books. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I finished this in 2 DAYS amazing story!
brogersnp More than 1 year ago
I listened to the audio version of this Mitch Albom best seller. As with the print version of Tuesdays With Morrie, I cried almost all the way through. I love Albom's insights into the human experience. In this book he has written what can touch the hearts of all children and mothers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Father-bashing over two generations', pretty much sums up Mitch Albom's most recent tear-jerker 'For One More Day'. One of those 'let-me-be-your-counsellor' kind of novel, 'For One More Day' starts off really well where Charley the main protagonist decides he wants an out of his lack-lustre life where he's failed as a son, as a husband, and as a father. However, he's unable to do even that his suicide attempt fails! What happens next is an out-of-the-world experience where a comatose Charley establishes communication with his long dead mother a mother he 'didn't ever stand up for'. From this point on the novel is all downhill. A set of contrived situations to showcase the sheer selflessness of motherhood against an apathetic father figure telling a young Charley 'You can be a mama's boy or a daddy's boy, but you can't be both.' It took me a long time to figure out my response to the novel primarily due to a sense of guilt for not liking what Albom presented perhaps because at some level it did pertain to me, and to Everyman. All of us have some cleansing to do to rid ourselves of those ghosts from our past that seem to haunt us and here was this novel doing just that, and yet I could not readily say that I liked it. The cloying sentimentality and the not-so-surreal situations made it distant, and I could not lose myself in it I could not suspend my disbelief. If 'Tuesday's with Morrie' is what made you pick up this novel, you are bound to be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. Everyone should read it.
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