Tuesdays with Morrie

Book Review: Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

Book Review: Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch AlbomTuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
Published by Doubleday
Publication Date: 1997-8-18
Genres: Emotions & Feelings, Family Life, Inspirational, Nonfiction
Pages: 192
Format: Hardcover
Source: Borrowed
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A short and easy read full of inspiration. A great book for a gift or one to buy and reread.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

“Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, and gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it. For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly twenty years ago. Maybe, like Mitch, you lost track of this mentor as you made your way, and the insights faded. Wouldn’t you like to see that person again, ask the bigger questions that still haunt you? Mitch Albom had that second chance. He rediscovered Morrie in the last months of the older man’s life. Knowing he was dying of ALS – or motor neurone disease – MItch visited Morrie in his study every Tuesday, just as they used to back in college. Their rekindled relationship turned into one final ‘class’: lessons in how to live. TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE is a magical chronicle of their time together, through which Mitch shares Morrie’s lasting gift with the world.”

My Thoughts:

What an exceptional story that really makes you think about priorities in life. In case I am not the last person on the planet to read this book, it’s a story about well…Tuesdays with Morrie. Morrie is a professor of sociology and learns he has a cruel terminal illness. The author, Mitch, was one of Morrie’s favorite students. When Morrie learns about his fate, he asks Mitch to write his “final thesis.” Mitch travels out of state to visit Morrie on Tuesdays and picks the important life questions to discuss with his amazingly simple and profound professor. What culminates are chapters on life, love, marriage, death and the finer, more important things in life.

I am a fan of the library, I don’t have a lot of space to store books but this will be one I buy anyway. There are so many wonderful lessons and memorable quotes, I think it’d be a great addition to our book collection. One I can share with family, friends and highly recommend to others. One I will reread when I need to de-stress from the juggling act of a full-time job, dealing with a chronic illness (not terminal, thank heavens), and motherhood. One that will stick with me when I need to gain perspective.

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About Mitch Albom

From Barnes & Noble: “MITCH ALBOM is the author of The New York Times bestseller, The First Phone Call From Heaven as well as six previous books. A nationally syndicated columnist for the Detroit Free Press and a nationally syndicated radio host for ABC and WJR-AM, Albom has, for more than a decade, been named top sports columnist in the nation by the Sports Editors of America, the highest honor in the field. A panelist on ESPN’s Sports Reporters, Albom also regularly serves as a commentator for that network. He serves on numerous charitable boards and has founded two charities in metropolitan Detroit: The Dream Fund, which helps underprivileged youth study the arts, and A Time to Help, a monthly volunteer program. He lives with his wife, Janine, in Michigan.

You might call Mitch Albom a jock-of-all-trades. Before becoming one of America’s most beloved sport commentators and columnists, Albom was an amateur boxer, a nightclub singer and pianist, and a stand-up comedian. He is a nationally syndicated fixture of radio and print, and has been featured as an analyst on ESPN. He has covered college football and college basketball in two successful nonfiction books, and the best of his articles have been collected in a series of anthologies called Live Albom. However, what catapulted Albom into the literary limelight was the mega-selling 1997 memoir, Tuesdays with Morrie, his first book to sidestep sports altogether..
Tuesdays… is a moving account of Albom’s reconnection with his old Brandeis professor and college mentor, Morrie Schwartz. After learning Schwartz had been stricken with Lou Gehrig’s disease, Albom sought him out in Boston, and throughout a long, harrowing year, they spent every Tuesday together. As he faced his inevitable death, Schwartz shared a lifetime of memories, regrets, fears, and philosophical insights with his former student. A story that could easily have toppled into maudlin sentimentality, the memoir succeeded in large part because of Albom’s skillful writing. Published in 30 languages in 34 countries, the book remains an international bestseller.
In 2003, Albom forayed into fiction with The Five People You Meet in Heaven, the emotionally resonant story of an old man who dies, convinced his life has had no meaning — only to discover that nothing could be further from the truth. It, too, scored a huge success for the author – as did his followup novel, For One Day More.”


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