TITLE: Tuesdays with Morrie
AUTHORS: Mitch Albom
RELEASE DATE: August 18th 1997
GENRE(S): Nonfiction, Autobiography, Inspirational
STAR RATING: 4 ****
“MOVIE” RATING: PG
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Mitch Albom’s other book, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, and I was excited to have this opportunity to read another book of his. What I love most about his books is that they are pretty raw. He isn’t afraid of touching upon difficult and sometimes scary topics. Both books that I’ve read from him now are primarily about death, whether that be before or after. It really touched me that he chose to write this book about his teacher in college and whom he reconnected with years later. This is a real story and I felt very privileged to read it.
Essentially, the book is about finding out the important things in life. Morrie suffers from Lou Gehrig’s disease, or ALS, and Mitch visits with him on every Tuesday and learns a different lesson from him. At the end of your life, what are the things that you’ll actually care about? What will matter most to you? Some of these lessons touch on topics like money, marriage, and forgiveness, however, I’d recommend that you go read it for yourself to learn them all.
This story is not a happy one. As I said before, it deals with a very sensitive topic. I thought Mitch wrote handled this topic well and wrote in such a way that gives this topic a much less scary connotation. Several times throughout the book, Mitch would bring up the slow decline of Morrie’s health and what specifically he was going through. Though these are definitely sad tidings, it was a great way to find out more about this terrible disease. I had not fully understood the impact this disease has on your body.
I had the opportunity to read the twentieth edition copy of Tuesdays with Morrie and it was so neat to read Mitch’s thoughts 20 years after the first book was published. He tells us what he goes to talk to Morrie about, on Tuesdays of course, and what is on his mind now that the is 20 years older. Really fun addition to the book!
This is a great book to read if you’re in a mood to contemplate life and what you could focus on more in your own life. I’d recommend a good rainy day.
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.
ABOUT Mitch Albom:
Mitch Albom is an internationally renowned author, screenwriter, playwright, nationally syndicated columnist, broadcaster and musician. He is the author of six consecutive number one New York Times bestsellers–including Tuesdays with Morrie and his books have collectively sold more than thirty-five million copies in forty-five languages. Four of his books have been made into Emmy Award-winning and critically-acclaimed television movies. He has founded eight charities in Detroit and Haiti, where he operates an orphanage. He lives with his wife, Janine, in Michigan.