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Finding Chika: A Little Girl, an Earthquake, and the Making of a Family

de Mitch Albom

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"Mitch Albom has done it again with this moving memoir of love and loss. You can't help but fall for Chika. A page-turner that will no doubt become a classic." --Mary Karr, author of The Liars' Club and The Art of Memoir From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Tuesdays With Morrie comes Mitch Albom's most personal story to date: an intimate and heartwarming memoir about what it means to be a family and the young Haitian orphan whose short life would forever change his heart.  Chika Jeune was born three days before the devastating earthquake that decimated Haiti in 2010. She spent her infancy in a landscape of extreme poverty, and when her mother died giving birth to a baby brother, Chika was brought to The Have Faith Haiti Orphanage that Albom operates in Port Au Prince. With no children of their own, the forty-plus children who live, play, and go to school at the orphanage have become family to Mitch and his wife, Janine. Chika's arrival makes a quick impression. Brave and self-assured, even as a three-year-old, she delights the other kids and teachers. But at age five, Chika is suddenly diagnosed with something a doctor there says, "No one in Haiti can help you with." Mitch and Janine bring Chika to Detroit, hopeful that American medical care can soon return her to her homeland. Instead, Chika becomes a permanent part of their household, and their lives, as they embark on a two-year, around-the-world journey to find a cure. As Chika's boundless optimism and humor teach Mitch the joys of caring for a child, he learns that a relationship built on love, no matter what blows it takes, can never be lost. Told in hindsight, and through illuminating conversations with Chika herself, this is Albom at his most poignant and vulnerable. Finding Chika is a celebration of a girl, her adoptive guardians, and the incredible bond they formed--a devastatingly beautiful portrait of what it means to be a family, regardless of how it is made.… (mais)
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So many feelings about this book. I knew after the first chapter that I would not be able to put it down. I finished it in just under six hours. The way @mitchalbom tells a story ,is what propelled me through this book. And this one will resonate with everyone! I don't like to write a synopsis in my reviews, so I will just say this... You will learn something about yourself when you read this book. It will touch your heart and yes, have tissues ready!


I received this ebook from Edelweiss for my honest review. ( )
  foxandbooks | Aug 19, 2020 |
I have only read a couple of Mitch Albom's books before, but this has to be favorite. Though sad, it always shows the hope that God can give people whether or not they know it's from Him.
I got teary-eyed at the end, but you have to except that. ( )
  eliorajoy | Aug 16, 2020 |
Mitch Albom's books consistently have the best lessons and are the most moving. They always deliver and he never disappoints. From the time I read Tuesdays with Morrie I have been a Mitch Albom fan. I was happy to see this memoir, his first since Tuesdays. A beautiful heartbreaking memoir. Albom really puts his whole heart on display for his readers to experience the relationship he and his wife had with their orphaned daughter and the lessons he learned from her. Families are made not necessarily by birth but by unexpected circumstances. Finding Chika emphasizes this fact above all. I can't possibly wrap it up better than Mitch, so here it is --"What we carry defines who we are. And the effort we make is our legacy." ( )
  jonathanpapz | Jul 2, 2020 |

This was a beautiful, inspiring story that has all the feels! An orphan child from a devastated country, who develops a sickness. A couple, who are childless, that takes her in and how together they become a family.


Chika Jeune was born three days before the devastating earthquake that decimated Haiti in 2010. She spent her infancy in a landscape of extreme poverty, and when her mother died giving birth to a baby brother, Chika was brought to The Have Faith Haiti Orphanage that Albom operates in Port Au Prince.

With no children of their own, the forty-plus children who live, play, and go to school at the orphanage have become family to Mitch and his wife, Janine. Chika’s arrival makes a quick impression. Brave and self-assured, even as a three-year-old, she delights the other kids and teachers. But at age five, Chika is suddenly diagnosed with something a doctor there says, “No one in Haiti can help you with.”

Mitch and Janine bring Chika to Detroit, hopeful that American medical care can soon return her to her homeland. Instead, Chika becomes a permanent part of their household, and their lives, as they embark on a two-year, around-the-world journey to find a cure. As Chika’s boundless optimism and humor teach Mitch the joys of caring for a child, he learns that a relationship built on love, no matter what blows it takes, can never be lost. ( )
  LenoreR | Mar 19, 2020 |
I've read many books written by Mitch Albom. Certainly his story of his previous professor who was dying, tugged at the heartstrings. But, this book, in my opinion is his best. Exceedingly well written. Both the story and the telling of it are excellently portrayed.

Chika was born three days after a major earthquake hit Haiti. Mitch and his wife Janine sponsored a home for children in Haiti. Most of these children have experienced poverty like many of us never had to experience, or most likely, never will.

Their steadfast commitment to the children of Haiti is beyond admirable. Then, they discover the plight of five-year old Chika who was taken from Haiti by this loving couple to try to help get rid of a brain tumor. Seeking the best resources that the United States have, they went from one excellent hospital to another. But, the prognosis was terribly grim. She came to live with the Albom's. Their previously childless lives were incredibly enriched by this spunky, intelligent, kind and sensitive little girl.

Soon, their lives were a circle of hope and never-ending love. As her progression heads downward, she has courage beyond belief! This is a beautifully told story that shows that love is never ending and always has the ability to change us.
At the hands of less than a writer as Albom, the story would not have the supreme power of love that it contains.

Highly recommended.

This is a person who can write, without triteness, without sappiness, but from the perspective of a man and woman who grow to love a little girl despite knowing none would have a happy ending, save for the fact that love opens doors and changes lives.

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"Mitch Albom has done it again with this moving memoir of love and loss. You can't help but fall for Chika. A page-turner that will no doubt become a classic." --Mary Karr, author of The Liars' Club and The Art of Memoir From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Tuesdays With Morrie comes Mitch Albom's most personal story to date: an intimate and heartwarming memoir about what it means to be a family and the young Haitian orphan whose short life would forever change his heart.  Chika Jeune was born three days before the devastating earthquake that decimated Haiti in 2010. She spent her infancy in a landscape of extreme poverty, and when her mother died giving birth to a baby brother, Chika was brought to The Have Faith Haiti Orphanage that Albom operates in Port Au Prince. With no children of their own, the forty-plus children who live, play, and go to school at the orphanage have become family to Mitch and his wife, Janine. Chika's arrival makes a quick impression. Brave and self-assured, even as a three-year-old, she delights the other kids and teachers. But at age five, Chika is suddenly diagnosed with something a doctor there says, "No one in Haiti can help you with." Mitch and Janine bring Chika to Detroit, hopeful that American medical care can soon return her to her homeland. Instead, Chika becomes a permanent part of their household, and their lives, as they embark on a two-year, around-the-world journey to find a cure. As Chika's boundless optimism and humor teach Mitch the joys of caring for a child, he learns that a relationship built on love, no matter what blows it takes, can never be lost. Told in hindsight, and through illuminating conversations with Chika herself, this is Albom at his most poignant and vulnerable. Finding Chika is a celebration of a girl, her adoptive guardians, and the incredible bond they formed--a devastatingly beautiful portrait of what it means to be a family, regardless of how it is made.

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