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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 " 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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" 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 " 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.

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

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kloe

    Mitch Albom is going to have a new book and no one here except me on goodreads is hyped for it ??!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Cheri

    ”Hopelessness can be contagious. But hope can be, too, and there is no medicine to match it. Chika’s believing in us helped us believe in ourselves.” In the late 90s, a friend gave me a copy of Mitch Albom’s “Tuesdays With Morrie,” and when I saw that he had another new memoir coming out, I knew I wanted to read this one, and put my name on the list at my library. The lessons he learned with Morrie, an old professor, are very different from the ones he learns from Chika, a young girl whose life ”Hopelessness can be contagious. But hope can be, too, and there is no medicine to match it. Chika’s believing in us helped us believe in ourselves.” In the late 90s, a friend gave me a copy of Mitch Albom’s “Tuesdays With Morrie,” and when I saw that he had another new memoir coming out, I knew I wanted to read this one, and put my name on the list at my library. The lessons he learned with Morrie, an old professor, are very different from the ones he learns from Chika, a young girl whose life is marked with difficulty even before her birth, which was three days before the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, and what years she spent with her mother before her mother’s death in childbirth were marked by desperate poverty. A young girl that is brought to an orphanage when her mother dies giving birth to her baby brother, where Albom meets Chika on one of his regular trips to Haiti at the orphanage he runs there – The Have Faith Haiti Orphanage in Port Au Prince. When it is brought to his attention that Chika needs medical attention that isn’t available in Haiti, he brings her to their home, hoping to find a cure for this girl that has stolen his heart. ”Chika died last spring, when the trees in our yard were beginning to bud, as they are budding now, as it is spring again. Her absence left us without breath, or sleep, or appetite, and my wife and I stared straight ahead for long stretches until someone spoke to snap us out of it.” Eventually, life begins to return to a more somber ‘normal’ for Albom and his wife. Life has to go on, as do the living. The slow process of grief can’t be rushed along. As husband and wife, with many of their memories of life with Chika intertwined, grief is a shared, but also a solitary process. In his grief, eventually, Chika begins to appear to Albom, moments of conversations urging him through the process, urging him to share his story. Their story. Sharing the lessons that she taught him. ”"I remember times you and I were walking and, without prompting, you reached out and took my hand, your little fingers sliding into mine. I would like to tell you how that felt, but it is too big for words" This is his story, their story, of the years they spent together, acknowledging the gift that those years were, for she will forever occupy a place in their hearts. And, yes, it has heartbreaking moments, but it also is heartwarming, tender and inspiring. We live, we love, and in the end, we become Real. “ Real isn’t how you are made …It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but really loves you, then you become Real.” -- The Velveteen Rabbit by Susan Gabriel Many thanks, once again, to the Public Library system, and the many Librarians that manage, organize and keep it running, for the loan of this book!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Linden

    Author Mitch Albom and his wife Janine run an orphanage in Haiti, and they received a call that one of their favorite children, 5 year old Chika, had something very wrong. The only MRI machine in Haiti identified a brain mass, so they brought Chika to Michigan to see if they could get treatment for her. She had a rare incurable brain tumor which attacks young children, but they tried everything, including extended stays in Germany for an experimental treatment. The book was very Author Mitch Albom and his wife Janine run an orphanage in Haiti, and they received a call that one of their favorite children, 5 year old Chika, had something very wrong. The only MRI machine in Haiti identified a brain mass, so they brought Chika to Michigan to see if they could get treatment for her. She had a rare incurable brain tumor which attacks young children, but they tried everything, including extended stays in Germany for an experimental treatment. The book was very thought-provoking, because I wondered how far I would go to try and save my child. Would I keep seeking a cure, as they did, despite the fact that most doctors told them that it was hopeless? Would I keep looking, even while the child was bedridden with a feeding tube? Or would I have put her on hospice care with minimal intervention? Who can say? Have some tissues handy as you read this one.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Carol (Reading Ladies)

    “What we carry defines who we are. And the effort we make is our legacy.” ~Mitch Albom In Finding Chika: A Little Girl, An Earthquake, and the Making of a Family, Mitch Albom, well-known author of Tuesdays With Morrie, shares his life-changing experience of caring for Chika, a young Haitian orphan. She was born a few days before the devastating 2010 earthquake into a poverty-stricken family. When her mother died after giving birth to her baby brother, Dad found placements for all their children. “What we carry defines who we are. And the effort we make is our legacy.” ~Mitch Albom In Finding Chika: A Little Girl, An Earthquake, and the Making of a Family, Mitch Albom, well-known author of Tuesdays With Morrie, shares his life-changing experience of caring for Chika, a young Haitian orphan. She was born a few days before the devastating 2010 earthquake into a poverty-stricken family. When her mother died after giving birth to her baby brother, Dad found placements for all their children. Chika was brought to the Have Faith Haiti Orphanage that Mitch Albom operates in Port Au Prince. After five-year-old Chika was diagnosed with a medical condition that was untreatable in Haiti, the Alboms brought Chika to America to live with them while seeking medical intervention. Instead of returning to Haiti as planned, Chika and the Alboms become found family, and Mitch learns a great deal about caring for a special needs child, the definition of family, unconditional love, loss, and grief. Fans of Mitch Albom will appreciate this poignant memoir. Tissues required! Memorable themes make this heartfelt book unputdownable and memorable. I dearly love the themes of found family and the rescue of innocent children! Other thoughtful themes include making a difference, protection, time investment, resilience, when a marriage becomes a family, what we carry…. “What we carry defines who we are. And the effort we make is our legacy.” “Families are like pieces of art. You can make them from almost anything. The only ingredient you need to make a family is unconditional love.” If you are touched by family stories, have compassion and concern for orphans, are interested in medical interventions, or list Mitch Albom as a favorite author, you WILL want Finding Chika on your TBR. Buy Don’t Borrow: I am encouraged to report that all profits from the sale of Finding Chika will go to the support of the Have Faith Haiti Orphanage. Content warning/trigger warning: childhood cancer, loss of a child, poverty For more reviews visit my blog www.readingladies.com

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kim Fox

    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 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.

  6. 4 out of 5

    ☮Karen

    4.5 stars Oh boy, this is a sad one. Prior to borrowing it, I guess I didn't read the synopsis, because all I need to know is that if Mitch Albom wrote it, I want to read it. I didn't know he was telling the true story of when he and his wife brought a little Haitian girl back to America and into his Detroit home to pay for her medical bills for treatments she could not get at the orphanage in Haiti. An orphanage that he himself operates, following the huge earthquake there in 2010. Treatments 4.5 stars Oh boy, this is a sad one. Prior to borrowing it, I guess I didn't read the synopsis, because all I need to know is that if Mitch Albom wrote it, I want to read it. I didn't know he was telling the true story of when he and his wife brought a little Haitian girl back to America and into his Detroit home to pay for her medical bills for treatments she could not get at the orphanage in Haiti. An orphanage that he himself operates, following the huge earthquake there in 2010. Treatments that were not likely to help her. Little Chika is a delight and teaches everyone the power of love. She remained so strong and uplifting, it breaks your heart. Narrated very emotionally by Albom (with Chika's recorded voice talking and singing on the audio version), this one is retchingly sad. But I am so happy he shared her story.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rich Paz

    Well done, Mr. Albom. I would have given this book 6 stars. This is the best book you've written so far and I love all your books. And this book really tells me who you are, sincere and authentic. I can't wait for your next book. Congrats and thanks for sharing.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Laurene

    A beautiful heartbreaking novel. Mitch Albom puts his whole heart on display for his readers to experience the relationship he and his wife had with their daughter, Chika. Thank you, Chika, your story needed to be told. "The most precious thing you can give someone is your time because you can never get it back. When you don't think about getting it back, you've given it in love." "One of the best things a child can do for an adult is to draw them down, closer to the ground, for clearer A beautiful heartbreaking novel. Mitch Albom puts his whole heart on display for his readers to experience the relationship he and his wife had with their daughter, Chika. Thank you, Chika, your story needed to be told. "The most precious thing you can give someone is your time because you can never get it back. When you don't think about getting it back, you've given it in love." "One of the best things a child can do for an adult is to draw them down, closer to the ground, for clearer reception to the voices of the earth." "I remember times when you and I were walking and, without prompting, you reached out and took my hand, your little fingers sliding into mine. I would like to tell you how that felt, but it is too big for words." One of the best memories I have of my relationship with my son.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Huether

    Chika Jeune was born a few days before the earthquake in Haiti. After her mother died she is taken to an orphanage in Port au Prince. Mitch Albon and his wife Janie were caretakers at the orphanage. Chika made such a impression to the couple who had no children of their own. When it was discovered Chika had a physical problem; they took her back to Detroit Michigan to see a doctor there to find a cure for her condition. There was not a cure, but the had hope to keep Chika apart of their family for Chika Jeune was born a few days before the earthquake in Haiti. After her mother died she is taken to an orphanage in Port au Prince. Mitch Albon and his wife Janie were caretakers at the orphanage. Chika made such a impression to the couple who had no children of their own. When it was discovered Chika had a physical problem; they took her back to Detroit Michigan to see a doctor there to find a cure for her condition. There was not a cure, but the had hope to keep Chika apart of their family for an long as possible. Chika became the encourager, loving life, bright colors and making cheerfulness a part of her every day. They traveled back and forth to Haiti since she loved every one at the orphanage. Chika lived for seven years. A beautifully written poignant book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jill Jackman

    I was privileged enough to have been part of Chika’s love and life. Mitch, and his narrative allowed me to relive those years with both laughter and tears. I was privileged enough to have been part of Chika’s love and life. Mitch, and his narrative allowed me to relive those years with both laughter and tears.❤️

  11. 4 out of 5

    Leah Nadeau

    From the author that brought you Tuesday's with Morrie you will also enjoy this book Finding Chika. Has the same sentimental life values and life lessons that go along with both books. Finding Chika was interesting, sweet, and sad. It's about cherishing those that you love, valuing innocence, not giving up hope, and fighting. Mitch and his wife Janine created an orphanage center in Haiti after the tragic earthquake because so many children were left unable to take care of themselves. They fall in From the author that brought you Tuesday's with Morrie you will also enjoy this book Finding Chika. Has the same sentimental life values and life lessons that go along with both books. Finding Chika was interesting, sweet, and sad. It's about cherishing those that you love, valuing innocence, not giving up hope, and fighting. Mitch and his wife Janine created an orphanage center in Haiti after the tragic earthquake because so many children were left unable to take care of themselves. They fall in love with Chika and take her back home to America. They sadly learn that she has brain cancer and a disease and the doctors say she only has a few months to live. But they fight the cancer and disease and she lives on for much lnger and fights. This story is about her fight and how Mitch and Janine coped with loving someone they knew they wouldn't get to hold onto forever. Mitch and Janine were late in having kids of their own so they saw Chika as their own daughter in a way and loved her dearly. As Mitch writes this book Chika appears every once and a while to push him to keep writting and keep going and it gives him the strength he needed to write this book. In the audiobook there's times where there's cute recordings of Chika which was really sweet.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Carla Johnson-Hicks

    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. In Finding Chika, Albom tells of his and his wife's relationship with a young girl, Chika Jeune, whom he met at the Have Faith Haiti Mission and Orphanage in Port-au-Prince, which Albom directs and visits regularly. Chika, born only days after the 2010 Haitian earthquake, was brought to the orphanage when she was three, shortly after her mother died in childbirth. 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. In Finding Chika, Albom tells of his and his wife's relationship with a young girl, Chika Jeune, whom he met at the Have Faith Haiti Mission and Orphanage in Port-au-Prince, which Albom directs and visits regularly. Chika, born only days after the 2010 Haitian earthquake, was brought to the orphanage when she was three, shortly after her mother died in childbirth. The 3-year-old is precocious and loves life, touching all those she meets. When she is 5, she becomes ill. Tests and an MRI determine she has a brain tumor, something no one in Haiti can help with. Albom and his wife Janine bring the girl to their home in the United States to receive treatment. What follows is a fight to save this little girl who becomes their child of their heart. What he and his wife did for Chika, what Chika gave them, and what he has done for the Haitian orphanage since 2010 is an awe inspiring story. This is a touching tribute to a child who captured the heart and soul of author Mitch Albom and his wife Janine. You will laugh and you will cry and you will remember the story of this little girl and the "parents" who loved her and did whatever they could to try and save her for a long time after you close the cover. Mitch Albom is honest and pulls no punches when telling this story. He shares his feelings and experiences while relating the story of how their little family came to be. Mitch tells the story as if he is talking to Chika and sharing his memories with her. The final words of the story, sharing his thoughts about loss with the reader/listener are poignant and heartwarming, "It is only when someone you love dies that you understand what it means to have lived." I listened to the audiobook narrated by the author. The added sound of Chika's voice to the story took me by surprise, but it was beautiful. To be able to hear these little clips of interaction between Mitch and Chika made this little girl so real to me. I could feel the love between them. The audiobook had me very emotional as I listened to the struggle to save this darling child that had captured so many hearts, especially those of Mitch and his wife. The profits from from "Finding Chika" will to to support the Have Faith Haiti Mission and Orphanage in Port-au-Prince, so not only will you read or listen to an amazing memoir, but it's a great way to help the children in Haiti. I received a copy of this book from HarperAudio upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lonni

    I listened to this book, which I highly recommend. Mitch reads it himself and there are clips of Chicka talking, singing or laughing throughout. I think it’s is beautifully written. His description of being a parent and what it can do for you and your spouse is great. Plus having had a child who had severe medical issues he nailed so much how we felt through all of that process. I love when authors articulate the feelings I have or have had so well, in a way I couldn’t. I for sure cried more I listened to this book, which I highly recommend. Mitch reads it himself and there are clips of Chicka talking, singing or laughing throughout. I think it’s is beautifully written. His description of being a parent and what it can do for you and your spouse is great. Plus having had a child who had severe medical issues he nailed so much how we felt through all of that process. I love when authors articulate the feelings I have or have had so well, in a way I couldn’t. I for sure cried more than once listening to this.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    My heart is full as are my eyes.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jec

    Thank you so much to NETGALLEY for providing me with this most wonderful book. This is a touching tribute to a child who capture the heart and soul of author Mitch Albom and his wife Janine. You will laugh...you will cry...but you will never forget the story of this very special family. Mr. Albom is honest and pulls no punches in his feelings and experiences in relating the story of how their little family came to be. The story is told in a very unique manner which makes this book a joy to read. Thank you so much to NETGALLEY for providing me with this most wonderful book. This is a touching tribute to a child who capture the heart and soul of author Mitch Albom and his wife Janine. You will laugh...you will cry...but you will never forget the story of this very special family. Mr. Albom is honest and pulls no punches in his feelings and experiences in relating the story of how their little family came to be. The story is told in a very unique manner which makes this book a joy to read. A very special journey that should not be missed.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Swetha Amit

    Families are made not necessarily by birth but by unexpected circumstances. ‘Finding Chika’ emphasizes this fact and much more. After Tuesdays with Morrie, author Mitch Albom returns with yet another memoir that tugs the strings of your heart. Chika is a young orphan who was born 3 days before the Haiti earthquake in 2010. After losing her mother to death, Chika is admitted to Have Faith Haiti orphanage, which Mitch Albom operates in Port-au-Prince. Mitch and his wife Janine have no children of Families are made not necessarily by birth but by unexpected circumstances. ‘Finding Chika’ emphasizes this fact and much more. After Tuesdays with Morrie, author Mitch Albom returns with yet another memoir that tugs the strings of your heart. Chika is a young orphan who was born 3 days before the Haiti earthquake in 2010. After losing her mother to death, Chika is admitted to Have Faith Haiti orphanage, which Mitch Albom operates in Port-au-Prince. Mitch and his wife Janine have no children of their own so they treat the children in their orphanage as their family. When Chika arrives, she wins hearts quickly with her confidence and curiosity. At the age of five, she is diagonosed with a tumour. She is brought to America for better medical care and slowly becomes a vital part of Mitch’s family. The book goes on to describe the 2 year ordeal of trying to find a cure for Chika’s rare condition. Through a tumultuous journey of laughter and tears, Mitch and Janine learn the importance of family, love and parenting. Poignant, heartwarming and bittersweet, Mitch traces his rapport with Chika, her fighter spirit and how it changed his life. He refers to Tuesday’s with Morrie in one section of the book, drawing parallels to his learnings from his favorite professor to his current learnings from Chika. He describes his musings on faith, belief, acceptance and belonging. The author showcases his vulnerable side while penning down about Chika. The little girl manages to win the hearts of the readers with her display of surety and maturity. It reminds one of the little girl’s character from R Balki’s film and the Amitabh Bachchan starrer ‘Cheeni Kum’. Finding Chika is a remarkable read which is bound to leave you moist eyed. Felt especially blessed to read this on thanksgiving day.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jim Puskas

    Readers familiar with Mitch Albom, especially those who have read For One More Day or The Five People You Meet in Heaven will be prepared for his particular brand of magical realism. If that puts you off, it's unfortunate, because in all other respects this is a very fine book, one of his best. This is of course a deeply emotional story — I defy anyone to read it with a dry eye to the end — but it's also tremendously insightful, as expressed by Albom in six "lessons": I am your protection Time Readers familiar with Mitch Albom, especially those who have read For One More Day or The Five People You Meet in Heaven will be prepared for his particular brand of magical realism. If that puts you off, it's unfortunate, because in all other respects this is a very fine book, one of his best. This is of course a deeply emotional story — I defy anyone to read it with a dry eye to the end — but it's also tremendously insightful, as expressed by Albom in six "lessons": I am your protection Time changes A source of wonder Kid tough When children are yours and not yours When a marriage becomes a family What we carry ... the last perhaps being the most profound lesson of all; "What we carry defines who we are. And the effort we make is our legacy."

  18. 5 out of 5

    Aura

    Why? Why do children die? The thought of children with terminal illnesses is unbearable to me. Mitch Albom has written a book that is somewhat comforting because he lived the nightmare of the death of a child and the blessing of her life and joy. While they are here, we must be present. We must love each other. We must not take our time for granted. I thought this book was about an adoption of a little girl from Haiti. It was but it is also about having a child with a terminal brain tumor. I am Why? Why do children die? The thought of children with terminal illnesses is unbearable to me. Mitch Albom has written a book that is somewhat comforting because he lived the nightmare of the death of a child and the blessing of her life and joy. While they are here, we must be present. We must love each other. We must not take our time for granted. I thought this book was about an adoption of a little girl from Haiti. It was but it is also about having a child with a terminal brain tumor. I am forever changed by this book. It is a must read for all.

  19. 5 out of 5

    C.J. Pacheco Agosto

    A heartbreaking story that everyone should read, specially those who have, plan to or care for our precious little children. Chika was someone special to Albom and changed his life the same way they change our lives.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Beverly

    Hi Mitch, Thank you for sharing Chika with us just like how you shared Morrie.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mike Bushman

    Incredible. Insightful. Brilliantly shared. Not suitable for airport reading unless you are comfortable with having others watch you cry.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Christie Maliyackel

    This book covers so many elements I value and think about often: spirituality, what defines “family”, the innocence / joy / fighting spirit of children and the fulfillment of service, no matter what that may look or feel like. Mitch Albom’s story is told so authentically, with such vivid descriptions of characters, places and experiences, that it makes the reader feel like they knew (or wish they knew) Chika.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    Every book I have read by Albom I have thoroughly enjoyed, and this one is no exception. More than anything, I really liked how he described his little family, and discussed what makes up a family.

  24. 4 out of 5

    LiteraryMarie

    For years, Mitch Albom has graced us with fictional stories that made us think. Characters that stuck in our minds. Wisdom and quotes to last a lifetime. Finally, the bestselling author shares his own true story. The memoir is heartbreaking, joyful, sad yet full of life. Finding Chika is about a little girl, an earthquake, and the making of a family. Chika is a young Haitian orphan born three days before the record-breaking devastating earthquake in 2010. By divine design (my words, not his), For years, Mitch Albom has graced us with fictional stories that made us think. Characters that stuck in our minds. Wisdom and quotes to last a lifetime. Finally, the bestselling author shares his own true story. The memoir is heartbreaking, joyful, sad yet full of life. Finding Chika is about a little girl, an earthquake, and the making of a family. Chika is a young Haitian orphan born three days before the record-breaking devastating earthquake in 2010. By divine design (my words, not his), Chika was placed at The Have Faith Haiti Mission Orphanage that Mitch Albom operates in Port au Prince. With no children of their own, the children of the orphanage have become family to Mitch and his wife, Janine. So when Chika is diagnosed with an illness that cannot be cured in Haiti, Mitch and Janine bring Chika and a mountain of hope back home to Detroit. And so begins a two-year-journey literally around the world to find a cure and healing. The book is told in brilliant hindsight narrative with conversations/visions between Mitch and Chika. Through the pages, readers can feel their special bond, the unconditional love, the struggles of healthcare, the lengths family go to help one another and the celebration of life. The words are so descriptive that I could hear Chika's voice as if she were in the room with me. I could feel Mitch and Janine's desperation to find healing no matter the expense. Finding Chika has easily earned a spot in my Top Books of 2019. So well done! Happy Pub Day, Mitch Albom! Finding Chika is available today. LiteraryMarie

  25. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Last night I saw Mitch Albom and he spoke about Chika. It was one of the most beautiful and humbling experiences of my life. Reading this book, so very personal to him and relevant to us all, is an experience I recommend. It is short, to the point, and beautifully expressed. What he and his wife did for Chika, what Chika gave them, and what he does for the Haitian orphanage since 2010 is just the work of an angel. Mitch finished with words that really moved me and I hope I'm saying them as he Last night I saw Mitch Albom and he spoke about Chika. It was one of the most beautiful and humbling experiences of my life. Reading this book, so very personal to him and relevant to us all, is an experience I recommend. It is short, to the point, and beautifully expressed. What he and his wife did for Chika, what Chika gave them, and what he does for the Haitian orphanage since 2010 is just the work of an angel. Mitch finished with words that really moved me and I hope I'm saying them as he did. "It is only when someone you love dies that you understand what it means to have lived." All profits from his book go to the orphanage so buy it..it's a great way to help the forgotten children of the world. ☮

  26. 5 out of 5

    Katrina Witteveen-roth

    . . . I am far too gushy at the moment to write this review. I fell head over heels for this book. I am repulsing myself with the warm fuzzy feeling I have for Mitch and Janine. ❤️❤️. ❤️❤️. ❤️❤️. I am far too gushy at the moment to write this review. I fell head over heels for this book. I am repulsing myself with the warm fuzzy feeling I have for Mitch and Janine.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jan Wollet

    This touched my heart on so many levels!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ellen Wolintz-Fields

    Finding Chika was one of the most powerful books I have read. I have read every one of Mitch Albom’s books and they never leave you. His writing and his topics stay with you. Terrific book !

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jena Henry

    I am blessed to have had the opportunity to read this book prior to its release on November 5, 2019. To all the fans of Mitch Albom, and who isn’t a fan-his books have collectively sold more than 40 million copies- I can assure you that this non-fiction book is Mr. Albom at his best. The book is subtitled “a little girl, an earthquake and the making of a family”. The little girl is Chika, a three year old child who was orphaned in the devastating earthquake in Haiti in 2010. As a result, Chika I am blessed to have had the opportunity to read this book prior to its release on November 5, 2019. To all the fans of Mitch Albom, and who isn’t a fan-his books have collectively sold more than 40 million copies- I can assure you that this non-fiction book is Mr. Albom at his best. The book is subtitled “a little girl, an earthquake and the making of a family”. The little girl is Chika, a three year old child who was orphaned in the devastating earthquake in Haiti in 2010. As a result, Chika came to live in the Haitian orphanage run by the author. “Though she be but little, she is fierce.” Chika’s vibrant and assertive personality made her a favorite. When she was five, she developed some devastating symptoms and so Mr. Albom brought her back to America for treatment. Chika’s prognosis was grim, but that is not the real story of this book. The real story is how “Mr. Mitch”, “Miss Janine” and Chika created a family. In his simple, clear, open way, the author shares how the love for a child changed his life for the better. He saw that a family can be created from a variety of materials and God’s love shines through children. Filled with faith, inspiration, and hope, this lovely book will take you away from your everyday concerns and have you thinking about life, love and the big picture. If you cry easily, this book will wrench you from the start. But I don’t think Chika would want you to be sad. She would want you to live and have fun and tell people that you love them. Many thanks to NetGalley, and HarperCollins Publishers for a digital review copy. This is my honest review. And thanks to the author for his beautiful spirit. Mr. Albom founded a charity in Detroit that oversees nine full-time charities and in 2010 he began operating a mission and orphanage in Haiti.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Linda B.

    Beautiful story! Beautiful story! 💔❤️

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