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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Remembering Jeffrey Zaslow




His name may not be familiar to all, but bestselling nonfiction author and Wall Street Journal writer Jeffrey Zaslow had a devoted following. The author died unexpectedly last Friday in an automobile accident in Michigan. The Journal described Zaslow as an author “with a rare gift for writing about love, loss, and other life passages with humor and empathy” ("Journal Columnist Jeffrey Zaslow Dies at 53," Feb. 11, 2012).

In his "Moving On" column "his subjects ranged from the anguish of losing a car in the Disney World parking lot, to the power of fathers' lunchbox letters to their daughters, to the distinctive pain of watching a beloved childhood stadium go under the wrecking ball." Several of his columns became books, such as “A Beloved Professor Gives the Lesson of a Lifetime,” which evolved into collaboration with Randy Pausch on The Last Lecture. For 14 years, he succeeded Ann Landers as an advice columnist after entering a contest for a Journal feature story. His books and collaborations are well-worth the read:

The Magic Room: A Story About the Love We Wish for Our Daughters
Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope (with Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly)

The Girls From Ames: The Story of Women and a Forty Year Friendship
Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters (with Chesley Sullenberger)

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