About Unfinished Business: One Man’s Extraordinary Year of Trying to Do the Right Things
- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury USA (May 24, 2011)
After losing his job, Lee Kravitz – a man who had always worked too hard, too long, and too intensely – took stock of his life and realized just how disconnected he had become from the people who mattered most to him: his wife, his children, the circle of friends whose ranks had thinned over the years. Instead of rushing out to try to find a new job, he committed an entire year to attending to the most important things in his life, to reconnecting with those dear to him and to making amends.
In Unfinished Business, Kravitz takes us along on ten transformational journeys, among them repaying a thirty-year-old debt, making a long-overdue condolence call, finding an abandoned relative, and fulfilling a forgotten promise. Along the way, we meet a cast of wonderful characters and travel the globe—to a refugee camp in Kenya, a monastery in California, the desert of southern Iran, a Little League game in upstate New York, and a bar in Kravitz’s native Cleveland. In each instance, his act of reaching out opens new paths for both personal and spiritual growth.
All of us have unfinished business—the things we should have done but just let slip. Kravitz’s story reveals that the things we’ve avoided are exactly those that have the power to transform, enrich, enlarge, and even complete us. The lesson of this book is one applicable to us all: Be mindful of what is most important, and act on it. The rewards will be immediate and lasting.
For more information on Unfinished Business, check out the book’s website, www.myunfinishedbusiness.com.
Lee Kravitz was born in Cleveland, Ohio. He attended Yale College and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.
A pioneer in creating multi-platform media for young people, Lee was founding editor of React, an interactive news magazine for teenagers, and an editorial director of Scholastic Inc., the educational publishing company.
Lee most recently was editor-in-chief of Parade, the Sunday newspaper magazine with more than 70 million readers. Under his leadership, Lee’s magazines have received more than 200 awards for journalistic excellence and been widely acclaimed for inspiring Americans of all ages to improve their lives, communities, nation and the world.
Lee has served on the boards of several nonprofit organizations, including the Public Education Network, The League, National History Day and Youth Service America. He is board president of Youth Communication, a publisher of writing by and for inner-city teens and youth in foster care.
Lee and his wife Elizabeth Kaplan, a literary agent, live in New York City and Clinton Corners, New York, with their three children.
UNFINISHED BUSINESS is Lee’s first book.
Lee Kravitz’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:
Monday, May 23rd: Patricia’s Wisdom
Tuesday, May 24th: Silver and Grace
Thursday, May 26th: Seaside Book Nook
Monday, May 30th: Life in Review
Monday, June 6th: Mockingbird Hill Cottage
Monday, June 6th: Colloquium
Wednesday, June 8th: Sophisticated Dorkiness
Monday, June 13th: Joyfully Retired
Wednesday, June 15th: Arriving at Your Own Door
Thursday, June 16th: Suko’s Notebook