#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A special 20th anniversary edition of the beloved book that changed millions of lives—with a new afterword by the author
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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
This heartwarming and timeless memoir reminds us that life’s most important lessons don’t necessarily come from a classroom. Journalist Mitch Albom hadn’t seen his former sociology professor, Morrie Schwartz, in almost two decades. When he discovered that Morrie was dying of ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease), he paid him a farewell visit—which turned into a series of one-on-one conversations. Those became this timeless bestseller, which for more than 20 years has helped readers face their fear of death. Albom’s gentle, self-deprecating wit lightens his honest depiction of Morrie’s physical decline, creating a loving portrait of his mentor’s final months. Morrie’s attitude toward dying, which focuses almost entirely on the people left behind, reflects wisdom gathered from decades of careful observation. We were touched by his compassion, but especially by his delightful, infectious joy. Tuesdays with Morrie is a transcendent read. You genuinely may not be the same after you finish it.
As a student at Brandeis University in the late 1970s, Albom was especially drawn to his sociology professor, Morris Schwartz. On graduation he vowed to keep in touch with him, which he failed to do until 1994, when he saw a segment about Schwartz on the TV program Nightline, and learned that he had just been diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease. By then a sports columnist for the Detroit Free Press and author of six books, including Fab Five, Albom was idled by the newspaper strike in the Motor City and so had the opportunity to visit Schwartz in Boston every week until the older man died. Their dialogue is the subject of this moving book in which Schwartz discourses on life, self-pity, regrets, aging, love and death, offering aphorisms about each--e.g., "After you have wept and grieved for your physical losses, cherish the functions and the life you have left." Far from being awash in sentiment, the dying man retains a firm grasp on reality. An emotionally rich book and a deeply affecting memorial to a wise mentor, who was 79 when hedied in 1995.
Tuesdays with Morrie
This book is amazing! My dad was recently diagnosed with ALS! I had a friend who recommended this book to me.
I was not sure at first if I really wanted to read a story of someone else who had passed away from ALS so soon after my dads diagnosis.
I am so Blessed that I read this book when I did. My dad is still walking and talking, but it is not going to be long until he will be on oxygen.
This book has made me realize that this is going to be an amazing journey for my family.
Having known three people in my life already that has passed away from ALS I have had more of an in site to dads illnesss than the rest of my family.
Please read this book!!!!!
Couldn't put it down
This book was a great read. I could not put it down!! I would recommend it!!
Amazing book, best one I have read so far. I will recommend this book to anyone! Loved it sooo much.