Dream New Dreams, Jai Pausch, Randy Pausch, Last LectureA remarkably frank, deeply moving and thematically rich memoir about death, dying and the grieving process, by the wife of the late Randy Pausch, author of THE LAST LECTURE.


‘I asked Jai what she has learned since my diagnosis,’ Randy Pausch wrote about his wife in The Last Lecture. ‘Turns out, she could write a book titled Forget the Last Lecture; Here’s the Real Story.’


In Dream New Dreams, Jai Pausch shares her own story for the first time: her emotional journey from wife and mother to full-time caregiver, shuttling between her three young children and Randy’s bedside as he sought treatment far from home; and then to widow and single parent, fighting to preserve a sense of stability for her family, while coping with her own grief and the challenges of running a household without a partner.

Dream New Dreams, Jai Pausch, Randy Pausch, Last LectureJai paints a vivid, honest portrait of a vital, challenging relationship between two strong people who faced a grim prognosis and the self-sacrificing decisions it often required. As she faced life without the husband she called her ‘magic man,’ Jai learned to make herself a priority to create a new life of hope and happiness – as she puts it, to ‘feel a spark of my own magic beginning to flicker.’

Dream New Dreams is a powerful story of grief, healing, and newfound independence. With advice artfully woven into an intimate, beautifully written narrative, Jai’s story will inspire not only the legions of readers who made The Last Lecture a bestseller, but also those who are embarking on a journey of loss and recovery themselves.


‘Powerful, moving, simple and full of love – Jai Pausch is an amazing person, as a mother, as a widow, as a wife and as herself.’ (Live Otherwise)


 Click here to watch Jai’s interview with Diane Sawyer.


“A touching memoir of grief…Far from being a mere add-on to her late husband’s book, this work stands on its own as an eloquent testimony of a caregiver… Pausch does an admirable job of narrating the story of her husband’s illness, death and its aftermath, keeping the reader continually engaged and drawn into her world. Most notably, Pausch manages to share her pain and heartache at an intensely personal level without ever sounding self-absorbed or asking for the reader’s pity. She makes it clear that her years of marriage and family life overshadow even the pain of losing her husband, and as the book closes, she focuses on the importance of rebuilding her life and, as she puts it, dreaming new dreams.”

–Kirkus (starred review)

A brave and beautiful book. Dream New Dreams grabbed my heart from the opening page and didn’t let go until its uplifting end.  Jai Pausch is a stirring example of the power of life to triumph over any challenge. Bravo.”

–Bruce Feiler, bestselling author of Walking the Bible and The Council of Dads






Jai Pausch Dream On Last LectureJai Pausch became an impassioned advocate promoting pancreatic cancer research following the death, in 2008, of her husband, Randy Pausch,  acclaimed Carnegie Mellon University professor and author of the international best seller, The Last Lecture.  During Randy’s twenty-three-month battle with cancer, Jai took on the responsibility as his cancer caregiver, learning specialised medical, palliative, and hospice care. Previously, Jai Pausch led the Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science Web team as the Director of Electronic Publications. Today, Pausch researches do-it-yourself instructional videos for home repairs and remodeling. She lives with her children, Dylan, Logan and Chloe, in Hampton Roads, Virginia.

New York Times piece here.

For more information on The Last Lecture see here.

Jeffrey Zaslow: On a special note, we were extremely saddened to hear of the death  of Jeffrey Zaslow, who wrote The Last Lecture with Randy Pausch.  A columnist for The Wall Street Journal,  he wrote several inspirational stories which were New York Times bestsellers.

The New York Times published an article on Jeffrey Zaslow’s life and work here.

13 responses to “DREAM NEW DREAMS – Jai Pausch”

  1. […] found out that Jai Pausch wrote a book about how life has been since her husband’s death. That would be the next book […]

  2. Jerry Garfinkel says:

    This is a must have book for all care givers and for anyone having experienced loosing a spouse or loved one.

  3. Marlena says:

    I saw this yesterday when Jai was talking to Diane Sawyer. As I sat next to my father who is passing away from cancer and my mother struggling with being a caregiver I thought how perfect it was that I was with him to catch this about the book. I am in the midst of ordering it right now.

  4. Patty says:

    I just lost my husband to lung cancer on 4/30/12. We fought it for 9 months. I feel stuck and not able to move forward in my life. I think I need to read this book.


    I have a son with a thought disorder and being a caregiver in the sense that we will probably always have to support him, I picked this book up on my kindle. It was very helpful to Dream new Dreams for my life – not to live in the past or future – but live with hope and live in the present

  6. Yolanda says:

    This book is a must read for anyone working with people with cancer. I found the entire book extremely helpful. My husband died with stage IV colon cancer, April 15, 2011. Jai’s experiences helped me make sense of what happened and gave me courage to speak to the quality improvement team at our center. Thank you Jai Pausch for your courage and gift. Your book is my blessing.

  7. Mary.Dowdall says:

    Thank you so very much, for the beautiful book Dream New Dreams, this was given to me as present, after the sad loss of my two brothers recently.
    Dream New Dreams, was very beautiful book, and brought me much comfort, I will never forget it , very special big Thank You , Jai (Pausch).
    Wishing you, much happiness, and a beautiful future, many blessings.
    Most sincerely, Mary.

  8. teresa says:

    I have just finished reading “The Last Lecture” and am eagerly looking forward to Jai’s book, “Dream New Dreams” I lost my husband to pancreatic cancer less than a year ago and am hoping to find some comfort and inspiration in Jai’s book. Randy Pausch has left an amazing and inspiring legacy to the world. His children can and will be so proud and grateful to have had him as their father.

    • Lisa says:

      Thanks so much for taking the time to comment. We’re really glad if these books can help you in some way and that you can start to build your life after loss.

  9. merve says:

    i really tried to find this book but i couldn’t. also is there any version of it which is translated to th turkish.is there anyone could you help me?

  10. purnima chakravarthy says:

    I am a cancer survivor and my father is currently facing his final challenges with prostrate cancer. My mom was diagnosed with endemetroid cancer 6 months ago and has just completed her chemo cycles. Being a single parent myself, Rand’s book the last lecture’ that I just finished reading, has been everything that i would want to share with my own 12 year old daughter. I wish there was some way I could connect with Jai and express that the legacy that Randy left for his children will help me communicate my own story to my daughter. Thank you so much

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