November 18, 2021
Finding Chika: A Little Girl, An Earthquake, and the Making of a Family by Mitch Albom
Genre/Categories/Setting: Nonfiction, Memoir, Haiti, Foster Guardianship, Found Family, Inspiration
In 2020, I decided to systematically revisit my older review posts and update them. On Thursdays, I’ll be re-sharing a few of these great reads. Today, I’m re-sharing a poignant found family memoir, Finding Chika by Mitch Albom.
I’m linking up today with Davida @ The Chocolate Lady’s Book Review Blog for #throwbackthursday.
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“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.”
“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.”
“What we carry defines who we are. And the effort we make is our legacy.” ~Mitch Albom
Continue here for my full review of Finding Chika…
Have you read Finding Chika or is it on your TBR?
Ooo I have one of his books but don’t remember which one
Tuesdays With Morrie is his most popular!
I loved this one! Such a beautiful story.
A lovely reflection on found family!
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What a great book to highlight again, Carol. Such an emotional book, but so uplifting as well.
Thanks! I’m happy to hear you enjoyed it, too!
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