Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, A Young Man, And Life's Greatest Lesson

Paperback | October 8, 2002

byMitch Albom

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A classic from the author of The First Phone Call from Heaven

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.

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A classic from the author of The First Phone Call from HeavenMaybe 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...

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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 near...

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 Sport...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 7.25 × 5 × 0.6 inPublished:October 8, 2002Language:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved Every Bit I picked up this book with the thought that it was a slow read, where I could read a chapter every other day. I could not have been more wrong. After the first chapter, I was hooked and there was nothing that would make me put down this story. Undeniably astonishing.
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Painfully True You grow to love the characters and experience their loss as if it were your own. Inspiring, full of love and impossible to forget, this novel is a must read!
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Life changing I read this last year and it changed my view on many things in life. Recently, I feel like I need a refresher on it, so I purchased my own copy so that I can read it whenever I feel like I need to stay grounded.
Date published: 2016-11-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good... not great I love Mitch Albums books. They easy to read but still make you think. This one was raved about and so I read it... I have liked other books of his more. But it was still enjoyable
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from dry a dry read
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I couldn't get into it Found it dry
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I initially bought this book as a recommendation when someone saw "The Five People You Meet in Heaven" on my bookshelf (Also by Mitch Albom). This book is inspirational. It makes you think twice about life, and just how precious it is. It makes you appreciate everything given to us- the good and the bad. It teaches us to slow down and embrace life, while doing what you truly love.
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourites Tuesday's with Morrie is probably one of the best books I have ever read. It's short and simple and beautiful. I read it every couple of years and it always warms my heart.
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book I recently bought this for my sibling to read, just because I felt like it was a good book to pass on to loved ones. The reason being is that the themes that are present in this book are heartfelt and genuine. I loved reading this book!
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A memorable read A very easy and quick read, but the underlying messages embedded within these pages are nonetheless memorable. I would recommend anyone to read this book because of its universal themes.
Date published: 2016-11-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A lifetime and major book that'll stay throughout time My favorite book of all. I never give 5 starts. Sometimes, good books get 4starts rarely.. But 5? Only this one deserves it and even more..
Date published: 2016-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book helped me a lot I was about 15 when I read this book. It was for school and I thought I was going to hate it. Exact opposite actually happened to my surprise. We read a few pages a day as a class, taking turns reading out loud, but I loved it so much I finished it on my own in less than a week. My teacher was both annoyed and impressed. I had a lot of anxiety revolving around the idea of death and I would have panic attacks nearly every night. Then I read Tuesdays with Morrie and they stopped. Not completely, they came back once in a while but this book really helped me to deal with the feeling of being afraid of death and it helped me to accept it more than I had been. The book is emotional and just overall amazing. I would definitely recommend this for anyone dealing with a similar feeling that I had at 15. Or just in general, it's a really great book!
Date published: 2015-12-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Wish I would have liked it more What can I say -- 'eh........ I really wanted to love this book. I went in with all the right intentions - just never happened for me. I have really enjoyed some of Mitch's other books that have been very thought provoking. But this just didn't do it for me. Should you read it?? It depends on who you are..... what political slant you lean..... and what you are looking for in a novel. The message of loving more - it a good one. The world can use more love.
Date published: 2015-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tuesdays with morrie I enjoyed this book very much. Morrie had such a poitive outlook on life. Something we could all learn from morrie
Date published: 2015-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read When a person facing his own death can see the beauty around him and think only posiive thoughts, there is much we can do ti make this world a better place if we all followed Morries lead
Date published: 2015-01-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth the time. Plain talk but profound.
Date published: 2014-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My all time fave This inspired me to spend every Thursday night with my Grandma. It will forever change my life.
Date published: 2014-08-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quick but Amazing Read I read this back in high school when 'Silent Reading' was a thing and I picked this up one day. I read it so quickly the first time but I enjoyed every second. Read it a couple more times before the end of that year in the 12th grade. Really makes you think about the lives you affect and the relationships you make.
Date published: 2014-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Preparing Death There are many books out there that could teach you about life and the philosophies within. There's nothing more true than to experience death through ALS (where each organ of your body start to malfunction over time) & the learn the various regrets of others to understand about the true meaning of life. If you want to start find your life purpose, prepare for your death.
Date published: 2014-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Make the most of life ! An excellent book about how precious life and relationships are. I hope anyone who is thinking of or in favor of assisted suicide reads this book. Dying and suffering is not undignified, it is a normal progression of living. Morrie died with dignity and his story is heart wrenching. This book will leave a lasting impression on living life to the fullest and cherishing everything that life deals you. Thank you Mitch for your friendship to this brave inspiring man.
Date published: 2014-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tuesday's with morrie Great easy read. Thought provoking!!
Date published: 2014-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved Morrie Oh man. I was tearing up by page 12. I just fell in love with Morrie and his story. If you're like me and a sucker for a good character, I would definitely recommend this book. I'd suggest reading it all in one go, just to get the full emotional impact of the story. I'd heard mixed review on the writing style of this book, but I personally really enjoyed how it was written. To me, it made the whole story very relatable.
Date published: 2013-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Never wanted this book to end, it forces us to look in side.
Date published: 2013-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tuesdays with Morrie - Must Read I recommend this book to everyone who loves reading. I have just finished reading it for the second time and enjoyed it more than the first time. Be sure to have tissues nearby to wipe the tears.
Date published: 2013-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Story... a must read If a loved one has died, this is a well thought out & comforting story to read. It is NOT a religious book & can be literally enjoyed by anyone - people who have no religious views and people of faith alike. I first read this book when my Dad passed away 3 yrs ago & am re-reading it as my Mom just passed away on Boxing Day (2012). It's one of those books I know I'll be reading many times over the course of my life.
Date published: 2013-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from tuesdays with morrie. mitch albom just finished reading "tuesdays with morrie"...and will read it again...and again...and again...
Date published: 2013-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good and simple This book was an easy read written well.. It was slightly too optimistic for me but overall worth a read.
Date published: 2012-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring! The most inspiring and breath-taking story I have ever read! This is one book I have recomended several times!
Date published: 2011-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tuesdays With Morrie - title makes you curious This is my absolutely favorite book ever especially if you have a love and passion for life ....until death . There are so many lessons for each and every one of us to learn in this book .... be sure to have an highlighter handy ....so many great quotes . It teaches us to love each day , love each other ...until death do us part .An exceptional book , well written and a true story . Over the years since it's release I have given out over 100 of these books to friends ,families and strangers . I believe that much ....that it is truly inspiring and can change your life forever.
Date published: 2011-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A truly toughing novel I read this novel very long time ago but it really touched my heart. First novel that I have read that made me tear up...
Date published: 2011-06-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Didn't like it at all This book was very boring to read. I believe the wisdom in this book could be summarized to 2 pages only. I felt that there was a lot of unnecessary filler material just to make the book longer. it's a book about a student who loved his professor and at the end i felt like "why do i have to know about how much you loved your professor?" ... I'm sorry but i didn't like this book at all, very slow and boring.
Date published: 2011-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent, Short and to the Point Tuesdays with Morrie is a book you gift to anyone who needs to appreciate life just a little bit more. :) You will learn to love Morrie and as you turn the pages, you wish the book was a little bit bigger so you could spend a little bit more time with the characters as you go through it rather quickly. Simply one of the great reads and I promise it will make you look at life very very differently. Enjoy and pass the book onto your friends and family.
Date published: 2011-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Moving I have to admit this is one of those books that I pick up and read every once in a while. Personally I find it to be a very touching story of personal growth and friendships. I recomend this book to all my friends that enjoy reading.
Date published: 2011-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Touching and Beautiful This was an amazing story. I love the wisdom that this book brings and Morrie's story was sincere and heartfelt.
Date published: 2010-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intriguing I found this book to be very intriguing. It also makes you think about how you can change your life if, you are not happey with the direction or path that you are taking, or have chosen. This book also made me feel inspired, a bit becasue of Morrie's attitude with his illness, and how stronge he was to keep on fighting on right up to the end of his life. For me it was a very touching, and meaningful kinda got you by the heart story. If you like this kind of story then you will love this book just like I did.
Date published: 2010-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must read for anyone & everyone, especially caregivers Along with "the Last Lecture", one of 2 books I could read over and over again without getting tired of it. Each time coming away with a renewed dedication to focusing on what is truly important in life. Many life lessons enclosed - some basic - but easily forgotten in day to day life. I wish I knew Morrie, although you'll feel like you do when you read it. A wonderfully intelligent, frank, witty and humorous character. One of few books I would recommend to anyone and everyone to read, essential for caregivers and palliative care workers. Initially I discovered it when assigned a chapter in a Palliative Care class in university. It made the textbook and lecture teachings of end of life care for both the person dying and caregivers seem real. It changed many views on the process of dying in that class, and how it should be handled. That one assigned chapter had such a strong impact that I kept it in my mind until years later when I finally saw the book again and read the whole thing...and then read it again. If you ever look back and think "I wish I knew then what I know now" and wonder what you'll think in the future about your life now - read Morrie- he knows!
Date published: 2010-09-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from sweet Not my normal fantasy book I like, but this book was still pretty good. It really opens your eyes and your heart. Most people said I would cry, but I didn't. I don't know
Date published: 2010-07-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Ain't Morrie Sweet This was definitely a good book, but I was a little disappointed. I thought I'd be more attached to Morrie and Mitch's story, but I wasn't. It was interesting to see what Morrie's teachings were to his old student, but I have to say that I've heard those ideals from other sources and even thought some of them myself; I think that's why I wasn't as flabbergasted with the book as I may have been had I not previously known a lot of the content.
Date published: 2010-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Truly Inspirational Tuesdays with Morrie was a beautiful read, Definitely one of the most ispirational books i've ever read. Morrie was full of so much wisdom and compassion, it was truly touching. I think everyone can learn a littlle from Morrie Schwartz and his look on life and death. I would recommened this book to anyone. It was such an easy but great read, and it is one of the few books i've read in one sitting because i just couldn't put it down. I was in tears by the end, and was left moved and inspired. This book will make you laugh and cry. If you haven't read 'Tuesdays with Morrie' yet, then you should get it now, this is a book that shouldn't be missed.
Date published: 2010-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! One of my all time favorite books! Very inspirational!
Date published: 2010-03-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Reminder of What is Important Like many others here, I enjoyed this book. Some people said it was preachy, and I can see how people could see it that way, but to me it was fine. The book reminds us what is wrong with the world today, and is about focusing on what is most important - loving and connecting with other people.
Date published: 2010-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring! I really enjoy Mitch Albom's books. I think that sometimes we focus on all things material and we truly lose focus of what is important in life; this book reminds you how important family and relationships are.
Date published: 2009-07-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Keeper on the Bedside Table Tuesdays with Morrie is a memoir written by Mitch Albom. It is the story of Mitch's university professor (Morrie) who is facing a gruelling death, yet deems himself lucky and still alive despite the ticking clock. It is said that we don't know the meaning of life until we are near death. The book is full of Morrie's life lessons that transcend all religions as we are all human. Death seems to bring us closer together somehow. Tuesdays with Morrie is an easy read that is rich with life lessons. It is one of those books that should be forever kept on the bedside table or resting on the bookshelf with the cover facing forward as a reminder to be read and reread again. I highly recommend this book. Visit my book blog at bambireads.blogspot.com for more reviews.
Date published: 2009-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Have You Met Morrie? There are many things in life that we take for granted. Among those things are death, aging, relationships and even love. Morrie, who is a professor, shares about these universal concepts by sharing his abundant life experiences. Through unexpected circumstances, Mitch becomes Morrie's last student, thus beginning a series of conversations between a dying professor and a reluctant student. The classroom is Morrie's living room, cluttered with life support fixtures and a small hibiscus plant; the syllabus is on life. Morrie has a character of optimism, humility and he knows how to enjoy life to the fullest. However, there is one thing that is not quite right; he has less than one year to live. As Morrie opens up his life, he teaches Mitch how to accept death as a natural process. He displays vulnerability, love, humor and timeless principles on the art of living. Mitch, as well as the reader gets a refreshed outlook on life as we reflect on how Morrie has lived his own. If you are trapped in the routine of daily living or struggling with relationships or you simply want a warm, touching book to read with a cup of coffee, I introduce you to meet Morrie! Enjoy.
Date published: 2009-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I <3 Morrie What a truly inspiring man Morrie Schwartz was. I found myself making a list of "Morrieisms" to look back at when I am feeling low. I can also finally say that a book made me shed a tear. With a clearer outlook on the beauty of what can be this life, I am now aware of the strong tension of opposites that have been apparent throughout mine. Morrie was right when he said, "Love always wins." Everyone should read this book. www.booksnakereviews.blogspot.com
Date published: 2008-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply wonderful! There's only one word that comes to mind when trying to describe this book: beautiful. Mitch Albom is an amazing writer and this memoir is absolutely touching. It's heart-breaking and inspirational, depressing and uplifting all at once. I absolutely loved it.
Date published: 2008-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic- a MUST read!! Tuesdays With Morrie was the first book i read by Mitch Albom. It was a very touching story! and it made me laugh and cry! It is one of my all time favs! I really reccomend it to anyone it has great little life lessons and new outlooks. It made me look into Mitch Alboms other books like Five People You Meet In Heaven which are all also very good!
Date published: 2008-07-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great true story. For the most part i really enjoyed it. At times i thought that the book was repetitive but it is a true story after all so i guess that should be expected. Alot of people say that the book is preachy, while i do agree somewhat people have to remember these are the views of a dying man. I think that anyones point of view would change if they knew they were going to die soon. This is a great book though. Everyone should read it at least once.
Date published: 2008-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Insperational This book was a unexpcted delight. It was a surprise frombeginningto end. I would recommend it to anyone who wants a new outlook on life.
Date published: 2008-02-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Mildly interesting. One of those books that is a great concept but leaves you saying: "Is that all there is". I don't need a dying guy to convince me that I should spend more time with the family etc. Just never really turned the corner to become a great book instead of a merely interesting one.
Date published: 2008-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing inspirations "Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson" was the first book I read of Mitch Albom. Mitch's college professor, Morrie Schwartz, was dying. During the last months of his life, Morrie met up with Mitch in his study every Tuesday to teach the young man the final and most important lessons - how to live our lives. Amazing inspirations.
Date published: 2008-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Will make you laugh and cry! A touching story, about a time between professor and student, to the very end of life on earth. Together they work on the final thesis, Morrie’s death. A very open honest, touching book that made me cry and laugh.
Date published: 2008-01-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Any Day is Good for These Lessons Sixteen years after promising to “keep in touch” with Morrie Schwartz, Mitch Albom finds out that his old professor is dying, and so he signs up for one last class: The Meaning of Life. Sports columnist-turned-authour Mitch Albom was the only student, and “Tuesdays With Morrie” was his final thesis. In their discussions about money, marriage, family, aging, and death, Morrie finds all of his answers in love. “Tuesdays With Morrie” has difficulties with tense, and is a simple book – no doubt written for the masses as journalistic instinct intended – but it has a good heart. Morrie. Adapted for the screen by Thomas Rickman; adapted for the stage by Mitch Albom and Jeffrey Hatcher.
Date published: 2008-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Peace of Mind I discovered this book in Gr. 12, and it has been by my side as my guide ever since. This story inexplicably altered my life from it's first reading. Every passage in this book is a lesson of discovery that affects your heart, how you percieve the world; your very self. If everyone read this book, I believe the world may just be a better place.
Date published: 2008-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Totally Amazing This book will really make you think about your life and how you treat others. It will make you realize that everything you do and say will have an effect on others whether you know it or not!
Date published: 2008-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A MUST READ! Tuesdays with Morrie is a heart warming story of a professor and his former student whose paths meet again at a time when they both need something that only they can provide to each other. Mitch Albom has woven a thought provoking, inspirational, tear-jerking story of love, compassion, tenderness, faith and the strength of the human spirit. This book is a must-read!
Date published: 2008-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Magnificent Book! Highly recommend it!! This book will help you to appreciated the small things in life, when actually they are the Biggest things in LIFE! Morrie Schwartz is the Champ and Mitch Albom is Morrie's gift to all of us!
Date published: 2008-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Page Turner! This is a little book with a big punch! The chapters are short so it keeps you flipping. Really a great book that has a lot to offer about family, friends and love. One of my favorites!
Date published: 2008-01-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not one of the best books I've read... It's about an old professor who is diagnosed with a terrible disease and one of his old student comes to visit every Tuesday..The (what everyone is calling)lesson is nothing your own loving grandma wouldn't tell you . Family and Friends are the most important things in life.It wasn't even a tear jerker.... Glad I read it sorry I bought it.It's an okay Library book.
Date published: 2007-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of a kind! Another one of my all-time favourites. Words can't express.... just read it!!
Date published: 2007-11-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not a fan... Although I am quite aware that there will be hundreds of people to disagree with me, I did not love this book. I found it to be extremely self righteous. When a story is touching, no one has to hint at it and I found that the book was to say the least quite "full of itself". It's not horrible but I did not love it. I didn't find it as touching as I was expecting from all the talk surrounding it.
Date published: 2007-11-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quick Read I really enjoyed reading "Tuesdays with Morrie", it was a very quick read, only took me about three hours to get through the whole book. I found it a little preachy at times but it realy got the point across that in our culture, people should live life to its fullest.
Date published: 2006-07-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Read This was a good read. I've read a lot of spiritual based books that really make you think. This wasn't as life changing as I was anticipating given the media attention it has received. But I did like it and I'm glad I read it. I enjoyed the relationship between them and the overall message.
Date published: 2006-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fascinating to the unth degree What an unbelievable read. I've heard a lot of people say it was "boring" (we read it for our grade 11 english class) but they have all totally missed the point. There wasn't supposed to be action... it was supposed to make you reflect on your own life, not try to feed off of somebody else's like a Bruce Willis movie. This book kept me going the entire time. I literally could not put it down, so I didn't. I read it until it was done... This book has proved as so many different things, advice, tenderness... this book is a bottomless well of good advice and heroisme. Albom gets a pat on the back from me.
Date published: 2006-06-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Too philosophical I thought this book was a little boring at times. I enjoyed the story of how Mitch and Morrie were friends more than the philisophical 'debates' they got into. It bothered me, until the end of the book when it was actually explained, with all the talk of how material goods are meaningless and money isn't worth much, that Mitch was sitting here writing a (small) book that costs $23. At the end he explains that forwarded money went to help pay for Morrie's medical bills, but it still rubs me the wrong way.
Date published: 2006-06-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Read and Enjoy! Tuesdays with Morrie was an incredible book to read. You learned something new every time you read it. It was a very simple book to read and although it followed a pattern you never got bored. You began to feel sorry for Morrie throughout his ordeal; he was dealing with death and trying to live his life to the fullest, while his family and friends watched him deteriorate into nothing. This book moved me in was I thought could never happen from a book. You began to feel as if you were sitting in the room with Mitch and Morrie during their lessons together. This book is the basis of don’t judge a book by it cover. From the cover it’s not appealing at all; it actually might prevent many people from reading it, because our society is one that is based on looks. This was the first book I read that you had to read deeper into it to really understand it. You can skim through the book and get the simple meaning but you have to really read the book to message the author tried to portray. I would defiantly recommend reading this book; it will better your life.
Date published: 2006-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing... A girl I worked with told me to read this book and it was AMAZING. I laughed, I cried and after reading this book I bought a copy for everyone in my family that loves to read. It is inspiring and emotinal and really make you appreciate all the amazing things in life.
Date published: 2006-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from learn more We have to learn more in the subject of the book. About life and enjoy the rest of our time. Plan your life in perfect schedule, share your love with other people which you love and concern. Try to help other who need your help. Hey, now stop now and thinking about what was your life , what is your life !!! One of the unforgettable book!!!
Date published: 2005-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enthralling Read Not only is this an enthralling read but it is extremely inspirational as well. There is so many lessons to learn from this one of a kind book. Thank you Mr. Albom. Other great reads in non fiction- Katlyn Stewart's NIGHTMARES ECHO and Jackson McCrae's THE CHILDREN'S CORNER
Date published: 2005-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tuesdays with Morrie Thank you Mitch for sharing Morrie. Not only do I feel like I know Morrie, but I also love him. This is a lesson book that begs to be read by young and old alike. My mom gave me the book as a gift , but now I see that the physical book wasn't gift, the lessons/stories are the real gift. If you fear death, read this and you will start to love life and all that it has to offer. Thanks mom, love you
Date published: 2005-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Inspiring book, that makes you want to re-evaluate your life priorities!
Date published: 2005-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tuesday with Morrie Tuesdays with Morrie is a book I will recommend to any one anywhere. It is a must read. In this book it explores what inevitably happens in life; Death. This leaves us with a question ‘what is important in life? How am I living my life’ A relationship between a man and his mentor where knowledge and wisdom over time is transferred to a much younger man who starts to see what living life is really all about. An outline for living if you will. For those of us who have lost loved one will know what it feels like. Have these discussions now with your loved ones; be open to hearing what is said. Never let an opportunity or moment go by with out having these discussions.
Date published: 2005-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely book I couldn't believe what a great read this book is. Not only is it easy to read, but it contains so much wisdom. It is a real great book that will have you thinking about life and its meaning afterward. I have recommended it to everyone I know and you should too!
Date published: 2005-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from tuesdays with morrie One of the most beautyful books I have ever read. Truly touching.
Date published: 2005-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Deffinatly worth the time My class at school is reading this in English, and every day i look forward to this book. This book is absolutely amazing, the way that it can be related to our lives and the ways it makes us think about what Morrie must have gone through. Also the insight into possible the human psyche is awesome. Deffinatly worth the purchase and the English classes.
Date published: 2004-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Definately worth the time My class at school is reading this in English, and every day I look forward to this book. This book is absolutely amazing, the way that it can be related to our lives and the ways it makes us think about what Morrie must have gone through. Also the insight into possible the human psyche is awesome. Definately worth the purchase and the English classes.
Date published: 2004-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inside One's Head and, More Importantly, Heart I had shied away from this book for a long time. I am an English teacher so I discuss books with many people but I was concerned that this one was going to hit too close to home. My dad passed away a year ago and I thought I may not be able to handle the book. Was I ever wrong! It made me cry, in front of my students in fact as I read it while they silently read, but more importantly it made me think. My dad didn't want to talk about his feelings as he was dying but reading this book made me realize that he, like Morrie, was appreciating the world around him. This brought me a sense of peace while reminding me of what is truly important in life. This is a must-read! Yes, you may cry but you will also love the book and all that it brings to you.
Date published: 2004-09-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book! I thought this book was great. It was very easy to read, I finished it in 2 sittings. The story of Morrie is very powerful and connects the reader automatically. I highly recommend it!
Date published: 2004-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Morrie's Grand Legacy I have come across many people who've heard of this book, and want to read it, but haven't gotten around to it yet. Please don't wait any longer. This book's inspiration is a much needed break amidst our hurried days and trivialities. This small, easy-to-read memoir will be treasured by you just as Morrie is treasured by those who've known him.
Date published: 2004-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Morrie's Grand Legacy I have come across many people who've heard of this book, and want to read it, but haven't gotten around to it yet. Please don't wait any longer. This book's inspiration is a much needed break amidst our hurried days and trivialities. This small, easy-to-read memoir will be treasured by you just as Morrie is treasured by those who've known him.
Date published: 2004-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from an all time favorite This is my favorite book. I am an avid reader but have never read anything that affected me as much as Tuesdays With Morrie. I recently went back and read it again after the passing of a very close loved one and it was that much more poignant. The topic is sad, but overall, the book is very uplifting.
Date published: 2004-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Book I just recently finished reading this book for my school novel discussion group. I can't emphasize how sad it made me feel. I myself know what it is like to lose a loved one, to watch there life slowly slip away. This book acts almost as a philosophy of life, as it expresses the deep meaning of life, but fails to deliver a structural story plot. Nevertheless, the book is phenomenal. It will touch your heart, and give you a whole different view on life, on how precious and wonderful life truly is.
Date published: 2004-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from original and utilitarian Aside from the popular application as a therapeutic novel on death and dying, this book is brimming with pure intelligence as the author explores the intricacies of social life and social death. With such heavy subject matter, such a novel has the potential to be overbearing and difficult to read. However, Albom has produced a novel worthy of readers young and old. Absolute must read!
Date published: 2003-11-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Makes you think I had to put this book down a couple of times, because of the emotion it brought to life. It is a true story and it's a wonderful tale of friendship during the worst of times, and just how much there is to be learned from our elders if we'd just listen. I never met Morrie, but he was one of the best life teachers I've had to date. I'd recommend this book to both young and old simply because of it's honesty.
Date published: 2003-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a favorite this is one of the best books i have ever read and one that is most true to life.
Date published: 2003-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A totally mind altering book. Morrie, through Mitch Albom, has helped me in dealing with my father's inevidable death. My father is in the Hospital right now, and he has terminal liver and colon cancer, and now we have learned that it is in his spine. I am about to make a career change, and always thought about the money I could potentially make in my new career, however the feelings, and emotions of my clients will now be my primary focus. Morrie if you can hear me, thank you, from the bottom of my heart. I hope you take care of my father when he too is an angel, which will be soon. Morrie, and Mitch you have changed so many things in my life, and I thank you.
Date published: 2003-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tuesdays Excellent. I could not put this book down. I have read it at least 5 times. I think it and its message hits home with all of the readers. I have lent it and purchased it for friends. Wonderful reading.
Date published: 2002-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Life is Education As university tuitions increase year after year, we, students, wonder if our large investment in human capital-skills and knowledge-will pay off eventually in a future well paying occupation. Unfortunately, in our society, this cost/benefit analysis of education and income has clouded the very essence of academia, the search for the truth. After reading &quot;Tuesdays with Morrie&quot;, I realized that there is only one absolute truth; everybody dies. So...LIVE!
Date published: 2001-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspirational! I read this book last summer when going through personal crises of my own. It enlightened, entertained and helped me put my problems in perspective. The relationship between the author and the subject is a rare and valued gift that the majority of us will never ever see, unless, like the author, we have the ability to recognize and nurture it. The mentorship provided was genuine and inspirational. The insights provided, truly humbling. The authors ability to describe the strength and character of Morrie, even through his darkest hours, was as vivid and clear as if you were sitting in the chair right next to his bed. This book helped me move on with my life, put my problems into perspective, and helped me to recognize and be thankful for what I do have - health, family and friends. Feeling bad about yourself - read this, it will inspire you, motivate you and change you.
Date published: 2001-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read!!! This book was very inspiring and uplifting. A book that I could not put down. I borrowed it from a friend and after I finished reading it, I went and bought the book. The development of Morrie 's disease felt like I was going through it with him and it was almost like he was someone I knew - I guess he reminded me of a recent expperience where I sat with my friend as her Dad fought a couragous battle with cancer and lost. I would highly recommend this book and it is the first book that we chose for our new Bookclub. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Date published: 2001-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartfelt Each of our lives are as they are intended to be. Mr. Albom was 'intended' to be with his dear old teacher/friend at that moment in their lives, and Morrie was so ready to be with him! They each had something to give to each other - they had to complete their friendship on earth - and give the specialness of their message to any one of us! Old friends are cherished and remain thus to the end of our time on earth, and beyond. This book was written in a heartfelt manner and does indeed touch our own hearts with the message that love is all there is, and all that matters. I gave my copy to my son. This book is on my list of books to buy and give to family and friends.
Date published: 2001-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read This is a great book, it really made me think about the way i'm living and the things that i list as important. I think it will make anyone stop and think. I also love the way it was written, it makes it really easy to read, you could finish it in a few hrs.
Date published: 2000-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ultimate goal in life This book made me pick myself up and start doing the right things. What I had forgotten or was too busy to do, i.e. get in touch with my friends and family, showing them love and affection. And most of all, opening my heart. People have so much fear, we walk around doing what we 'think' we should do and completely missed the real meaning of life. Thank you Morrie. Thank you Mitch. You don't know how much you have done for the world. I have bought many copies and give them out as gifts. I cannot think of a person I know, who don't need to read it.
Date published: 2000-12-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from any church, any sunday Go to any chuch, synagogue, mosque or temple. Listen and reflect on any one thought from the liturgy, readings, hymns or sermon for one minute. Then look at this thin volume and see it for what it is; sentimental, prosaic, kandy-coated drivel.
Date published: 2000-11-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Lacking Although I would consider this an easy, quick read with a lot of substance, I found it lacking in depth. For some it may be enough to have a flicker of an idea introduced to bring upon reflection of "life". I for one however, would much rather the subjects be dwelled upon more fully. I could have gotten as much reading a single introductory sentence for each "topic", then sitting in solitary thinking about each of them for 15 minutes each.
Date published: 2000-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The book that changed my life This book Tuesdays with Morrie. I think is the best book ever written. It changed my life. The way that I look at the world and the way that I value my time. I am only young so it has done a great deal with for me. I now look at the world as a great place to be and I want to live my life to the fullest. It tought me the greatest lessons I have learned in my life so far. I wish that I could thank Morrie and Mitch Albom for writing this book and tell them what it had done for me. I would reccomend this book to anyone that likes to read. It is an easy read that you can really get into. Once you pick it up and start going you won't want to put it down. I have read it at least 5 times in the past year, and I never get tired of it. I always learn something new.
Date published: 2000-10-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Tuesdays with Morrie This book must be taken from the point of view of the author (a sports writer) and therefore not usually, about to be a masterpiece of literature. With this in mind I think that the friendship, the problems that Morrie overcomes while suffering, and the absolute "heart on the sleeve" approach of the"mentor" is commendable. We can all learn to love to such a degree as this mentor for his former student. Obviously Albom has endeared himself to his mentor and through his record of this love, we have learned to approach friends and loved ones in their illness with patience and love. This is not an indepth look at the disease or the brilliance of either one of these men. It clearly is written from the heart, and not from the intellect. In this way we can appreciate the man - Morrie.
Date published: 2000-10-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from disappointed Anyone who has ever read Plato's Republic knows how powerful and insightful true dialogue between a teacher and a student can be. I was so disappointed with "Tuesdays" because it was full of platitudes. It was more of a teacher reciting one-liners than a real dialogue that explored issues on a deeper, more meaningful level. Too shallow for me.
Date published: 2000-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from No Age to Friendship After reading this myself, I read it to my Grade 7/8 students. They were spellbound and although I intended reading fifteen minutes a day, they persuaded me to read for forty-five minutes a day. At the end, I was astonished to see my entire class, boys and girls, in tears. Many purchased the book for themselves or for gifts. Two thoughts which struck us was (1) Love is everything and (2) There is no age to friendship. I have lent out three copies none of which were returned! Now I have my own which stays with me, and another which is "free to roam!"
Date published: 2000-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What Really Matters Tuesday's With Morrie is by far the most worthwhile choice for any reader. This is not just about grabbing hold of a missed opportunity to maintain or regain a relationship. Rather, it is an attempt to inspire us all to live a good life, while keeping in mind, what really matters most - love, honesty, generosity and faith. Tuesday's With Morrie is so real with meaning it becomes hard not to attach oneself to Morrie as one's own personal source of inspiration.
Date published: 2000-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful If you really wanted to understand what ALS is about? this book is the best one to describe the meaning. It is the same exactly like someone I know in my family has it. Good book!
Date published: 2000-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant insight to a Dying mans last Months Mitch Albom has outdone himself in his 1997 tale of the last few months of his relationship with his university professor. The story is brilliant but the two mens relationship is not the key to the story however the key is the lesson to live a full life, so that when death does finally and inevitably come, you will be prepared. The novel is very informative but at the same time captivating. If you have ever questioned death this book is a must read.
Date published: 2000-07-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Tuesdays with Morrie I've read Mitch Albom's work before, and was surprised that he had written a "non-sports" book. What I found in the pages of this wonderful text is a reminder that success isn't measured by what a friend calls "the T4 olympics". Money is a lousy way to keep score, and shows little or nothing of the measure of a man. Morrie Schwartz was a man, and Mitch Albom lets us into a private world with a great deal of grace and dignity. Anyone who refuses to travel without their cell phone and laptop, or who doesn't understand that you don't need a wristwatch on Saturday because you're on your own time, needs to read this book. It gives you perspective. And it does it beautifully.
Date published: 2000-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tuesdays With Morrie This book is a must read. It is truly one of the most simple yet best books I have ever read. Tuesdays With Morrie made me laugh, made me cry, and made me come to grips with how precious life is. I occasionally work with ALS patients, and this book gave me a glimse into the life they lead and the struggle they face each and every day. A memorable and wonderful book that everyone should read.
Date published: 2000-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Touching This book was lent to me while I was travelling, which then I passed it on to a friend as well. I then bought it for my brother as a gift. I've expressed my views to all my friends on how much I think they should read it. Tuesdays With Morrie made me think how wonderful life 'can' be if you only try. I will definately read it again.
Date published: 2000-05-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A quick read reveals a lasting message As I began to read Albom's latest work, I was prepared for a melodramatic and shallow book. After all, the subject of a long lost student meeting up with a wise, old professor for a dose of wisdom in between dying breaths is not the type of content I usually wait in line for. While some passages were a strain in this regard, the book did become harder to put down as the pages were turned. How should one feel after reading Tuesdays with Morrie? Lucky, to not have know an individual in such dire circumstances or to witness such a gradual and trying exit from life? Or ironically, sad, because such a relationship described and experienced by Albom ends up being just the opposite - a deep, spiritual voyage with someone who is actually, very much alive? These are the questions the book leaves you with. In doing so, Tuesdays with Morrie leaves its own impression as a meaningful work.
Date published: 2000-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A MUST Read This is the best book I have ever read. It is so beautifully written. Simple, yet so profound. I have lent it to all my friends because I want them all to read it. The simple lessons taught in this book will change your outlook on life forever. If there was ever a book that should have been a manditory read in school, I believe this is the book.
Date published: 2000-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A truly beautiful story This is one of the most wonderful gifts I have ever recieved and has rekindled some of my spirit. This book will take you on an emotional ride that will most likely change the way you look at your way of living. I hope everyone has the opportunity to bless their lives with this amazing book.
Date published: 2000-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tuesdays with Morrie Tuesdays with Morrie is not only 'Food for Thought', it adds insight into our lives about things that don't cross our minds until now. How people, even the ones with the greatest spirits, must come and go. The author's depiction of the true life story is quick and to the point in just the right way and is the kind of story that you'll always remember. I also recommend, if you can, to watch the Oprah Presents....... tv movie of Tuesdays with Morrie starring Jack Lemmon and Hank Azaria.
Date published: 2000-03-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Nice Quick Read... This book is a nice quick read, with an uplifting tone despite the subject matter (death). It presents a relationship many of us either had or wished we had...that of a mentor. But over-all, the story itself doesn't tell me anything new. There is no profound "Life Philosophy" that I haven't heard, and it appears to be the latest of the long string of so-called Spritual Awakening books. I think that Alister McCloud's "No Great Mischief," while fictional, delivers much the same message in a much more memorable way. Nonetheless, Tuesday's With Morrie wasn't awful. It was an easy read, and it did hook me after a while, if only because I liked some of the ancedotes. I would recommend it with the cavet that it may seem overdone.
Date published: 2000-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tuesdays with Morrie This is an enjoyable read with every day insights on life in general. It has the ability to make one stop and take a close look at life and suggests that people and love are the essential ingrediants. I believe that Morrie gives us a close look at his humanity and it not only leaves us affected, it also makes us more accepting of our own human traits. Ever the teacher and counsellor he had the ability to show understanding and to make his student realize his heart felt love for life. He gave of himself readily in his times of pain and struggle with his ongoing illness, always letting others know his care for them did not cease. A truly remarkable book that I highly recommend to any and all age groups. I was touched by the familiarity to an old gentleman friend that I recently lost. Again, this book is not to be missed as it will bring insight to any that take the time to enjoy it.
Date published: 2000-02-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Tuesdays with Morrie This book was extremely dissapointing. The writing lacked polish, and was perhaps even tacky. The subject matter, while surefire tear jerker material, was unoriginal and did not even give us some new language or a new perspective on the matter, Its all been said so much more powerfully and creatively before. So why was it published?
Date published: 2000-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from tuesdays with Morrie This book has touched me in so many ways. I cried and laughed all the way through it. It makes you look at your life and the people around you and really get in touch with what's important in life. Morrie was a great man, and all who knew him were very lucky. Mitch Albom probably got an A+ from Morrie on this thesis.
Date published: 2000-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tuesday With Morrie Tueday with Morrie is a must read. The book will make you laugh and will make you cry. It may change your life. Mitch Albom, an award winning sports reporter's description of the passing of his dear friend is well paced, revealing and sensitive I have added it to my annual reading list. This book is a keeper. I recommend it to everyone.
Date published: 2000-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tuesdays With Morrie Everything about this book makes it wonderful. The depth, the roads to things to explore in your own life, lessons on how to be a good person, and an example of how to be with someone during their passing. The greatest gifts of this book are in the listening to, and wisdom of an elder who has lived a full life. It is simple, and really, that is what life is all about. Each chapter really turns a corner unto something unexpected, yet you know the inevitable ending. This book is full of love, acceptance and understanding. It is a book I have bought for many friends as a gift from my heart.
Date published: 2000-01-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Tuesdays with Morrie Disappointing - The book had great potential but was very poorly written. The book touched on a number of subjects but never really hit the mark in driving the points home.
Date published: 2000-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Even Me This book touches and teaches all, even me. I am you typical synical 18 year old. I never thought that any old person could tell me something i didn't know. This book showed me how wrong i was.
Date published: 1999-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Reconsider your life By far, the best book I have ever read. Albom reaches your heart, makes you cry, and makes you reconsider your life and values. The characters are so real that you feel as though you know them. It is also a really quick read !
Date published: 1999-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the Best Mitch Albom has captured the spirit and joy of life in this moving story about his relationship with his mentor Morrie Schwartz who is dying of ALS. Morrie Schwartz's pearls of wisdom while facing his own mortality are inspiriational and bound to make even the hardened reader shed a tear. One of the best books I have ever read.
Date published: 1999-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tuesdays with Morrie I believe this is one of the most meaningful books I have ever read. With clarity and wisdom, it crystallizes what is truly important in life. The author is a successful sportswriter who hears that the most influential professor of his college years was dying of Lou Gherig’s disease. After a few visits, Morrie asks Albom to take a final course with him — every Tuesday. With the perspective that only a dying man who has lived fully and passionately can achieve, Morrie imparts his last lessons. It truly is a shame that this book is hidden away in the death/grieving section, because anyone who reads self-help books would truly find it inspiring.
Date published: 1999-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Why are we here? What do you say about death? What do you say when you know it is knocking? Coming to you slowly. It is different for everyone. But for Morrie Shwartz, it is one final lesson. An incredible story about a professor and his student, separated by time and careers and ultimately death. Mitch Albom reconnects with his professor after years away from him, reigniting a past ritual of meeting each Tuesday for a lesson. Only this time, it isn't a university course Morrie helps with, it is life. Like so many today, Mitch finds himself floating. Focused on his career, with little time for anything else. Pulling down big money as a sports writer and jet setting across the world to write articles about others. But what about him? Morrie imparts years of wisdom to Mitch in the last months of his death. Offering a glimpse into the degenerative disease ALS and the undoing of his life. He lets Mitch share in his demise. As the ultimate vision of what will come to all in time. With instruction on many of life's areas. Parts we often struggle with and question. Mitch sure did, and Morrie sure helped. The book is depressing. It is also uplifting. Illustrating what life really means. Even as it slips away. Good luck keeping the tears in as the story comes to the end ! Enjoy
Date published: 1999-04-28

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The CurriculumThe last class of my old professor's life took place once a week in his house, by a window in the study where he could watch a small hibiscus plant shed its pink leaves.  The class met on Tuesdays. It began after breakfast. The subject was The Meaning of Life. It was taught from experience.  No grades were given, but there were oral exams each week. You were expected to respond to questions, and you were expected to pose questions of your own. You were also required to perform physical tasks now and then, such as lifting the professor's head to a comfortable spot on the pillow or placing his glasses on the bridge of his nose. Kissing him good-bye earned you extra credit.  No books were required, yet many topics were covered, including love, work, community, family, aging, forgiveness, and, finally, death. The last lecture was brief, only a few words.  A funeral was held in lieu of graduation.  Although no final exam was given, you were expected to produce one long paper on what was learned. That paper is presented here.  The last class of my old professor's life had only one student. I was the student.It is the late spring of 1979, a hot, sticky Saturday afternoon. Hundreds of us sit together, side by side, in rows of wooden folding chairs on the main campus lawn. We wear blue nylon robes. We listen impatiently to long speeches. When the ceremony is over, we throw our caps in the air, and we are officially graduated from college, the senior class of Brandeis University in the city of Waltham, Massachusetts. For many of us, the curtain has just come down on childhood.  Afterward, I find Morrie Schwartz, my favorite professor, and introduce him to my parents. He is a small man who takes small steps, as if a strong wind could, at any time, whisk him up into the clouds. In his graduation day robe, he looks like a cross between a biblical prophet and a Christmas elf. He has sparkling blue-green eyes, thinning silver hair that spills onto his forehead, big ears, a triangular nose, and tufts of graying eyebrows. Although his teeth are crooked and his lower ones are slanted back--as if someone had once punched them in--when he smiles it's as if you'd just told him the first joke on earth.  He tells my parents how I took every class he taught.  He tells them, "You have a special boy here."  Embarrassed, I look at my feet. Before we leave, I hand my professor a present, a tan briefcase with his initials on the front. I bought this the day before at a shopping mall.  I didn't want to forget him. Maybe I didn't want him to forget me.      "Mitch, you are one of the good ones," he says, admiring the briefcase. Then he hugs me. I feel his thin arms around my back. I am taller than he is, and when he holds me, I feel awkward, older, as if I were the parent and he were the child.  He asks if I will stay in touch, and without hesitation I say, "Of course."   When he steps back, I see that he is crying.The SyllabusHis death sentence came in the summer of 1994. Looking back, Morrie knew something bad was coming long before that. He knew it the day he gave up dancing.  He had always been a dancer, my old professor. The music didn't matter. Rock and roll, big band, the blues. He loved them all. He would close his eyes and with a blissful smile begin to move to his own sense of rhythm. It wasn't always pretty. But then, he didn't worry about a partner.  Morrie danced by himself.  He used to go to this church in Harvard Square every Wednesday night for something called "Dance Free."  They had flashing lights and booming speakers and Morrie would wander in among the mostly student crowd, wearing a white T-shirt and black sweatpants and a towel around his neck, and whatever music was playing, that's the music to which he danced. He'd do the lindy to Jimi Hendrix. He twisted and twirled, he waved his arms like a conductor on amphetamines, until sweat was dripping down the middle of his back. No one there knew he was a prominent doctor of sociology, with years of experience as a college professor and several well-respected books.  They just thought he was some old nut.  Once, he brought a tango tape and got them to play it over the speakers. Then he commandeered the floor, shooting back and forth like some hot Latin lover. When he finished, everyone applauded. He could have stayed in that moment forever.  But then the dancing stopped.  He developed asthma in his sixties. His breathing became labored. One day he was walking along the Charles River, and a cold burst of wind left him choking for air. He was rushed to the hospital and injected with Adrenalin.  A few years later, he began to have trouble walking.  At a birthday party for a friend, he stumbled inexplicably.  Another night, he fell down the steps of a theater, startling a small crowd of people.      "Give him air!" someone yelled.  He was in his seventies by this point, so they whispered "old age" and helped him to his feet. But Morrie, who was always more in touch with his insides than the rest of us, knew something else was wrong. This was more than old age. He was weary all the time. He had trouble sleeping. He dreamt he was dying.  He began to see doctors. Lots of them. They tested his blood. They tested his urine. They put a scope up his rear end and looked inside his intestines. Finally, when nothing could be found, one doctor ordered a muscle biopsy, taking a small piece out of Morrie's calf. The lab report came back suggesting a neurological problem, and Morrie was brought in for yet another series of tests. In one of those tests, he sat in a special seat as they zapped him with electrical current--an electric chair, of sorts--and studied his neurological responses.      "We need to check this further," the doctors said, looking over his results.      "Why?" Morrie asked. "What is it?"      "We're not sure. Your times are slow."  His times were slow? What did that mean?  Finally, on a hot, humid day in August 1994, Morrie and his wife, Charlotte, went to the neurologist's office, and he asked them to sit before he broke the news: Morrie had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Lou Gehrig's disease, a brutal, unforgiving illness of the neurological system.  There was no known cure.      "How did I get it?" Morrie asked.  Nobody knew.      "Is it terminal?"  Yes.      "So I'm going to die?"  Yes, you are, the doctor said. I'm very sorry.  He sat with Morrie and Charlotte for nearly two hours, patiently answering their questions. When they left, the doctor gave them some information on ALS, little pamphlets, as if they were opening a bank account.  Outside, the sun was shining and people were going about their business. A woman ran to put money in the parking meter. Another carried groceries. Charlotte had a million thoughts running through her mind: How much time do we have left? How will we manage? How will we pay the bills?  My old professor, meanwhile, was stunned by the normalcy of the day around him. Shouldn't the world stop? Don't they know what has happened to me?  But the world did not stop, it took no notice at all, and as Morrie pulled weakly on the car door, he felt as if he were dropping into a hole.  Now what? he thought.As my old professor searched for answers, the disease took him over, day by day, week by week. He backed the car out of the garage one morning and could barely push the brakes. That was the end of his driving.  He kept tripping, so he purchased a cane. That was the end of his walking free.  He went for his regular swim at the YMCA, but found he could no longer undress himself. So he hired his first home care worker--a theology student named Tony--who helped him in and out of the pool, and in and out of his bathing suit. In the locker room, the other swimmers pretended not to stare. They stared anyhow.  That was the end of his privacy.  In the fall of 1994, Morrie came to the hilly Brandeis campus to teach his final college course. He could have skipped this, of course. The university would have understood. Why suffer in front of so many people? Stay at home. Get your affairs in order. But the idea of quitting did not occur to Morrie.  Instead, he hobbled into the classroom, his home for more than thirty years. Because of the cane, he took a while to reach the chair. Finally, he sat down, dropped his glasses off his nose, and looked out at the young faces who stared back in silence.      "My friends, I assume you are all here for the Social Psychology class. I have been teaching this course for twenty years, and this is the first time I can say there is a risk in taking it, because I have a fatal illness. I may not live to finish the semester.      "If you feel this is a problem, I understand if you wish to drop the course."  He smiled.  And that was the end of his secret. ALS is like a lit candle: it melts your nerves and leaves your body a pile of wax. Often. it begins with the legs and works its way up. You lose control of your thigh muscles, so that you cannot support yourself standing.  You lose control of your trunk muscles, so that you cannot sit up straight. By the end, if you are still alive, you are breathing through a tube in a hole in your throat, while your soul, perfectly awake, is imprisoned inside a limp husk, perhaps able to blink, or cluck a tongue, like something from a science fiction movie, the man frozen inside his own flesh. This takes no more than five years from the day you contract the disease.  Morrie's doctors guessed he had two years left.  Morrie knew it was less.  But my old professor had made a profound decision, one he began to construct the day he came out of the doctor's office with a sword hanging over his head. Do I wither up and disappear, or do I make the best of my time left? he had asked himself.  He would not wither. He would not be ashamed of dying.  Instead, he would make death his final project, the center point of his days. Since everyone was going to die, he could be of great value, right? He could be research. A human textbook. Study me in my slow and patient demise.  Watch what happens to me. Learn with me.  Morrie would walk that final bridge between life and death, and narrate the trip.  The fall semester passed quickly. The pills increased.  Therapy became a regular routine. Nurses came to his house to work with Morrie's withering legs, to keep the muscles active, bending them back and forth as if pumping water from a well. Massage specialists came by once a week to try to soothe the constant, heavy stiffness he felt. He met with meditation teachers, and closed his eyes and narrowed his thoughts until his world shrunk down to a single breath, in and out, in and out.  One day, using his cane, he stepped onto the curb and fell over into the street. The cane was exchanged for a walker. As his body weakened, the back and forth to the bathroom became too exhausting, so Morrie began to urinate into a large beaker. He had to support himself as he did this, meaning someone had to hold the beaker while Morrie filled it.  Most of us would be embarrassed by all this, especially at Morrie's age. But Morrie was not like most of us. When some of his close colleagues would visit, he would say to them, "Listen, I have to pee. Would you mind helping? Are you okay with that?"  Often, to their own surprise, they were.  In fact, he entertained a growing stream of visitors. He had discussion groups about dying, what it really meant, how societies had always been afraid of it without necessarily understanding it. He told his friends that if they really wanted to help him, they would treat him not with sympathy but with visits, phone calls, a sharing of their problems--the way they had always shared their problems, because Morrie had always been a wonderful listener.  For all that was happening to him, his voice was strong and inviting, and his mind was vibrating with a million thoughts. He was intent on proving that the word "dying" was not synonymous with "useless."  The New Year came and went. Although he never said it to anyone, Morrie knew this would be the last year of his life. He was using a wheelchair now, and he was fighting time to say all the things he wanted to say to all the people he loved. When a colleague at Brandeis died suddenly of a heart attack, Morrie went to his funeral. He came home depressed.      "What a waste," he said. "All those people saying all those wonderful things, and Irv never got to hear any of it."  Morrie had a better idea. He made some calls. He chose a date. And on a cold Sunday afternoon, he was joined in his home by a small group of friends and family for a "living funeral." Each of them spoke and paid tribute to my old professor. Some cried. Some laughed. One woman read a poem:"My dear and loving cousin ...      Your ageless heart      as you move through time, layer on layer,      tender sequoia ..." Morrie cried and laughed with them. And all the heartfelt things we never get to say to those we love, Morrie said that day. His "living funeral" was a rousing success.   Only Morrie wasn't dead yet.    In fact, the most unusual part of his life was about to unfold.From the Hardcover edition.

Bookclub Guide

1. Did your opinion about Mitch change as book went on? In what way? 2. Who do you think got more out of their Tuesday meetings, Mitch or Morrie? In what ways? How do you think each would answer this question? 3. Do you think Mitch would have come back to Morrie's house the second time if he hadn't been semi-idled by the newspaper strike? 4. Discuss Morrie's criticisms of Mitch throughout the book. Do you think Morrie should have been tougher on him? Easier? 5. Do you think Mitch would have listened if Morrie hadn't been dying? Does impending death automatically make one's voice able to penetrate where it couldn't before? Let's Talk About Death 6. Does this book make Morrie's death a public event? If so, how is it similar to other public deaths we've experienced as a society? How is it different? 7. Morrie referred to himself as a bridge, a person who is in between life and death, which makes him useful to others as a tool to understand both. Talk about other literary, historical, political, or religious figures who have also served this purpose. 8. Most of us have read of people discussing the way they'd like to die, or, perhaps, have been a part of that conversation. One common thought is that it would be best to live a long, healthy life and then die suddenly in one's sleep. After reading this book, what do you think about that? Given a choice, would Morrie have taken that route instead of the path he traveled? 9. On "Nightline," Morrie spoke to Ted Koppel of the pain he still felt about his mother's death seventy years prior to the interview. Is your experience with loss similar or different? Does what you've read in this book help ease any of that pain? 10. Morrie was seventy-eight years old when diagnosed with ALS. How might he have reacted if he'd contracted the disease when he was Mitch's age? Would Morrie have come to the same conclusions? The same peace and acceptance? Or is his experience also a function of his age? Let's Talk About Meaning 11. Try the "effect of silence" exercise that Mitch described in your class or in your group. What do you learn from it? 12. Talk about the role of meaningful coincidence, synchronicity, in the book and in Mitch and Morrie's friendship. 13. Morrie told Mitch about the "tension of opposites" (p. 40). Talk about this as a metaphor for the book and for society. 14. Mitch made a list of topics about which he wanted Morrie's insight and clarity. In what ways would your list be the same or different? 15. Discuss the book in terms of structure, voice, and tone, paying attention to Mitch's use of flashbacks and other literary devices. How do his choices add to the meaning? 16. Are college students today missing out because they don't have the meaningful experiences that students in the 1960s had? Do you think Morrie thought they were? 17. Morrie said, "If you've found meaning in your life, you don't want to go back. You want to go forward" (p. 118). Is this true in your experience? Let's Talk About Religion, Culture, and Ritual 18. Morrie believed, "You have to be strong enough to say if the culture doesn't work, don't buy it. Create your own" (pp. 35-36). How can people do this? How can this book help? 19. As his visits with Morrie continued, Mitch explored some other cultures and religions and how each views death. Discuss these and others that you've studied. 20. To the very end, Mitch arrived at Morrie's house with food. Discuss the importance of this ritual. Let's Talk About Relationships 21. Was Morrie making a judgment on people who choose not to have kids with his statement: "If you want the experience of having complete responsibility for another human being, and to learn how to love and bond in the deepest way, then you should have children" (p. 93)? Whether or not he was, do you agree? 22. Mitch wrote, "Perhaps this is one reason I was drawn to Morrie. He let me be where my brother would not" (p. 97). Discuss Mitch's relationship with Peter. 23. Discuss the practical side of Morrie's advice: "Only an open heart will allow you to float equally between everyone" (p. 128). How could this advice be useful the next time you're in a social or other situation where you feel out of place or uncomfortable? 24. Morrie said that in marriage, "Your values must be alike" (p. 149). In what ways do you agree or disagree? 25. Would Morrie's lessons have carried less weight if Mitch and Peter hadn't resumed contact by book's end?

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Tuesdays with Morrie, the timeless classic, by the author of The First Phone Call from Heaven“Mitch Albom’s book is a gift to mankind.” —Philadelphia Inquirer“A wonderful book, a story of the heart told by a writer with soul.” —Los Angeles Times“An extraordinary contribution to the literature of death.” —Boston Globe“One of those books that kind of sneaked up and grabbed people's hearts over time.” —Milwaukee Journal Sentinel“An elegantly simple story about a writer getting a second chance to discover life through the death of a friend.” —Tampa Tribune“As sweet and nourishing as fresh summer corn . . . the book begs to be read aloud.” —USA Today