"Pesky’s memoir about the death of his middle son, Lee, suddenly to cancer and the founding of Boise’s Lee Pesky Learning Center soars with emotion, hard lessons and zippy writing. It’s a compelling story of learning from our most difficult loved ones and healing from loss with a dedication to public service that anyone would enjoy, especially if you have an interest in education." —Idaho Press
"I was crying by page three, learning by page five, and inspired by every following page in Alan Pesky’s memoir of insights, More to Life Than More. This is a necessary book for parents and teachers. It needs to be read and shared." —Barbara Morgan, public school teacher and NASA astronaut
"At times this well written, gut wrenching memoir reads like a thriller. At other times, a labor of love. Alan Pesky takes us on a journey of immense loss and grief, but pulls us back from the edge with a sleight of hand—he dedicates the third act of his life to helping others overcome some of the hurdles his late son faced.
In this mesmerizing account of childhood in the boroughs of 1930’s New York City to his rise to Madison Avenue and the very top of advertising, the trails filled with unexpected twists. At once sad and heartbreaking, it is also a humanistic, purely American tale that takes Pesky, his incredible life partner Wendy, and the reader from despair and regret to inspiration and self-sacrifice. Starting a non-profit to confront and deal with learning disabilities that so many face, he and Wendy leave behind a legacy of hope and support.” —Ridley Pearson, NY Times bestselling author of more than sixty novels
"Alan Pesky’s transformation from high powered advertising executive to dedicated and passionate non-profit entrepreneur- was driven by the loss of a son he misunderstood. More to Life Than More is a poignant read for anyone who loves. teaches, or works with someone who has learning challenges or disabilities." —David Ellis, President Emeritus, Museum of Science Boston and President Lafayette College
"There is an abundance of wisdom and inspiration for all in Alan Pesky’s story. Particularly for parents of kids who learn differently. More to Life Than More is a must-read.” —Dr. Robert Ballard, lifelong explorer and discoverer of the Titanic
“Readers of many backgrounds will find meaning in this wonderful book—parents who have lost a child, parents of a child with learning difficulties, and anyone who is still in pursuit of their life’s purpose. Alan Pesky’s honest and soul-searching memoir weaves together a series of related narratives, but the heart of the book is its discovery and exploration of empathy and love. A highly recommended book." —Dr. Louisa Moats, researcher and author focused on language-based learning difficulties