Sunday, April 18, 2010

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

Book Details
Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
Paperback, 208 pages
2005, Anchor
ISBN: 0307275639

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, helped you see the world as a more profound place, 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, and the world seemed colder. Wouldn't you like to see that person again, ask the bigger questions that still haunt you, receive wisdom for your busy life today the way you once did when you were younger?

Mitch Albom had that second chance. He rediscovered Morrie in the last months of the older man's life. Knowing he was dying, Morrie visited with Mitch 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.

Tuesdays with Morrie was unlike anything I have ever read. I don't usually go for memoir type books or really anything in the non-fiction genres, but I found Tuesdays with Morrie to be crushingly emotional. There were many instances of the big, ugly cry over while reading this rather short book.

The book is so simplistic in its writing, but so profound in the ideas it relates. Accepting death, making your life meaningful, living a spiritual life without religion and truly living your life instead of constantly focusing on what you want in the future are just a few of the many concepts Morrie Schwartz and Mitch Albom discussed as Morrie was dying of Lou Gehrig's disease.

Hard subjects are dealt with in Tuesdays with Morrie. Subjects that we often dislike talking or even thinking about. That Morrie had accepted his death and was able to relate his thoughts on life in this fashion is nothing short of remarkable. He seems to have been an amazing man and I loved the way Albom told the story of his life and death and how it related to himself. It must have been an honor to know a man like Morrie Schwartz.




  1. it's one of the most amazing books of whole the world!

  2. I read this book a few years ago! It's really heavy, but really good. Glad you liked it!

  3. I didn't know this book! Thank you for your review! I added it to my TBR pile.

  4. I know, I was completely out of my element when i read it, but I loved it nonetheless. Such a beautiful, insightful, and profound book :D

  5. Hey there, just dropping by on the hop, although I'm already a follower.

    I love this book! I'm a fan of Mitch Albom's actually, and also really enjoyed his other book The Five People You Meet in Heaven. You should check it out if you get the chance. The movie is great too.

    You can visit my blog here if you're interested.

    Happy Reading!

  6. I've heard a lot of great things about Mitch Albom's books. I have "For One More Day" but I never got around to reading it. I will, someday though and I'll add this to the list as well!

  7. I read The Five People You Meet In Heaven not too long ago, and thought it was just okay. I was still thinking of reading this one at some point, but now I really need to read it! Sounds like a fantastic book.

  8. I love Mitch Albom, and I love books that make me cry. I really should read this one. :-)