Alahverdian battled for over a decade of how and when to write his memoirs about growing up as an orphan and eventually attending Harvard University. Microbooks will provide that solution. It is easier for both author and reader.
You can start to see that Nicholas Alahverdian's childhood and adolescence was complex. His experiences cannot merely be contained in one book. That's why he and his colleagues have embraced a non-linear history that details different aspects of his life as an orphan. Whilst he may no longer be the age of an orphan and is an adult, like all of us, with many successes and failures, he still considers himself to be on that vagabond train of life, living with a sense of unrehearsed spontaneity. It is this Dickensian spirit that most orphans possess, this craggy magic bursting within us that pushes us ever further to the next train stop of life, listening for that whistle to blow until we are swept away in the next enthralling adventure.
Nicholas Alahverdian is a Harvard-educated political scientist and sociologist. His primary scholarly focus is the intersection of philology, anthropology, rhetoric, and politics.
Nicholas attended Harvard University where he was advised by Comparative Literature Department chairman John Hamilton and Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney.
Nicholas Alahverdian is renowned for his work in reforming systemic problems in state foster care programs. Alahverdian's studies, academic analyses, and legislative solutions are cited in local and national media.
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.