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Monday, January 27, 2014

Review: Tuesdays With Morrie


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Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson
Author: Mitch Albom
Genre: Self Help
Publisher:  Doubleday
Release Date: August 18, 1997
Hardcover:  224 pages

Source: Purchased years ago
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Book Description

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.

Review

I have had this book on my bookshelf for years.  I have no idea where I got it from or when I got it.  I just know it has been here forever and a day.  I opened to the fist page and found a boarding pass for a woman named PAM who was seated in the non-smoking section.  Now how long has it been since there was a Non-Smoking section in a plane.  She must have bought this book new at the airport or for her flight to Los Angeles.
Tuesdays with Morrie is a true story told by the author Mitch Albom about his experience with his favorite professor Morrie Schwartz during Morrie's last months of life.  After 16 years apart, life moving Mitch farther apart they were reconnected after Morrie appeared on Nightline talking about his disease ALS.  78-year-old sociology professor, Morrie Schwartz, a Brandeis University professor was a teacher to the very end spending every Tuesday of his worse and last months with Mitch like they did back in college.  As a professor, Morrie taught in an unconventional manner during his time at Brandeis University.  His unconventional ways of teaching were more focused on life lessons and people connecting instead of hour long lectures which made him popular among his students.  Morrie was a man that enjoyed the best things in life.   No not money, cars, and the material things but emotions (good and bad), dancing, and experiences, touching and relationship but most of all he enjoyed love.  This book is so touching and thoughtful.  I love how Mitch shows himself as the ying to Morrie's yan in the beginning of the book but towards the end Morrie has made Mitch into a new man.  A better man!  
I really enjoyed this book and I think it is a good read for everyone.  There are sections in the book that will make you choke up or shed tears, just know it's ok, Morrie like to see you cry. It's a short read that is so worth it.  
The only bad (not really bad) thing I am not thrilled with is the lack of quotes around Mitch's sentences.  I don't understand that at all.  
But otherwise, this is a profound book and really a must read. 
"Love each other or perish" - Morrie Schwatz
Photo from inside hardcover jacket.
Morrie died November 4, 1995 (aged 78) in Newton, Massachusetts.

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Recommendations

I recommend this book to all readers of all ages, basically to all humans.

Challenges

This book is number 1 in my Dusty Bookshelf Challenge
This book is number 2 in my Quick Fix Reading Challenge
This book is number 2 in my Rewind Reading Challenge
This book is number 1 in my TBR Pile Reading Challenge
This book is number 4 in my Goodreads Challenge 
This book is letter T in my Alphabet Soup Challenge

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