By Tom Brokaw
Random House, 2015. 230 pgs. Biography.
In 2013, Tom Brokaw was still enjoying an extremely active and adventurous lifestyle, despite being in his early 70s. A growing pain in his back, however, sent him to a number of doctors who soon diagnosed him with multiple myeloma. He soon learned that this incurable form of blood cancer was treatable but serious and quickly found it necessary to limit his activity as symptoms and then treatments began to take their toll.
“Lucky Life Interrupted” is a product of his journaling efforts during this difficult period. He speaks with great honesty and humility about his illness but also includes many examples of how fortunate he has been. He also takes time to relate many of the great events he took part in over the years and tells about the inspirational individuals he has been fortunate enough to meet and know throughout his distinguished career.
Anyone already a fan of Brokaw’s work will enjoy this new memoir. He emphasizes his admiration for his wife and the important role family plays in finding fulfillment in life. It is a memoir filled with wisdom, heart, and a great deal of hope and encouragement for those facing unexpected trials in life.