After losing his job, Lee Kravitz—a man who had always worked too hard and too much—took stock of his life and decided to spend an entire year making amends and reconnecting with the people and parts of himself he had neglected. Kravitz embarks on ten journeys, traveling everywhere from a refugee camp in Kenya to a monastery in California, and learning along the way that the things we let slip are exactly those that have the power to transform, enrich, enlarge, and complete us.
"A great lesson for us all."—Mitch Albom, author of Tuesdays with Morrie and The Five People You Meet in Heaven
"Lee Kravitz has written the perfect memoir for our time. Unfinished Business will surprise you with its nuance, amaze you with its grace, and have you reaching out to someone you love."—Bruce Feiler, author of Walking the Bible and The Council of Dads
"Unfinished Business is a rich, wise, and powerful work that reminds us to be ever mindful of that which is truly important. By taking honest and courageous stock of his own unfinished business, Lee Kravitz calls on us all to live lives that honor our best selves. It is a timely and inspiring book."—Dave Isay, founder of StoryCorp"Self-effacing, self-aware, [Krativz] embarks on a journey in which he reconnects with a schizophrenic aunt neglected by their family, forgives a high school nemesis and honors a forgotten promise to an underprivileged African boy. What could have turned into a self-congratulatory, Disneyesque odyssey becomes an occasion for real kindnesses and growing sensitivity."—Time"Achingly candid, this beautifully written and touchingly personal chronicle traces the author's year-long journey of searching for the pieces he left behind and how it led him to finding his better self. Kravitz has written a triumphant love letter to the human condition."—Marlo Thomas, author of Growing Up Laughing and The Right Words at the Right Time
"Kravitz writes with an inspiring sincerity. His experiences are so familiar that it would be hard for readers not to reflect on their own unfinished business—and want to tend to it."—Washington Post
“[Kravitz’s] journeys take him all over the world, helping him put into perspective what truly matters in his life. He teaches readers to appreciate what they have and to tackle any unfinished business they may have themselves. He does what so many people wish they could do and inspires others to take a step back and see what is missing in their life.”—Baltimore Jewish News
"[Kravitz] uses this life-changing moment as an opportunity to take stock of his life . . . The lesson to be shared: 'Be mindful of what is most important, and act on it. The rewards will be immediate and lasting.'"—Cleveland Jewish News“Kravitz writes with an inspiring sincerity. His experiences are so familiar that it would be hard for readers not to reflect on their own unfinished business—and want to tend to it.”—Denver Post
“When Lee Kravitz lost his job as editor-in-chief of Parade magazine, he decided to spend a year connecting all the dots his busy working life had left emotionally adrift, reaching out to grasp the hands and hearts of family members, friends, and mentors he had left behind. His adventures in outreach are moving, and quietly inspiring.”—Barnes & Noble Review
“This book will strike a chord with those of us who feel we've left some things behind in the relentless pursuit of work and careers. What better time than summer vacation when our bodies have left the office, but our minds may still be there, than to read this book and think about our own unfinished business.”—The Republican
“Kravitz is a thoughtful writer, and his memoir reveals a delicate personal journey.”—Publishers Weekly
Lee Kravitz grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, and attended Yale and Columbia universities. An award-winning journalist, he most recently was editor in chief of Parade Magazine. He lives in New York City and Clinton Corners, New York,with his wife and three children.