Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

The copy of Tuesdays with Morrie that I picked up is the 20th Anniversary Edition. I’ve seen this book over the years. I might have picked it up and put it down. I just never really started reading it. I always wondered what the big deal was.

Now I know why people love this book.

I picked it up recently because I’ve been working on memoir. Writer Jerry Jenkins recommended the book as a great example of memoir rwriting. And so I got it from the library and dug in.

“Death ends a life, not a relationship.”

-Morrie Schwartz

From the first pages, I was engaged. Even knowing how it was going to end, I knew I wanted to hear and see Morrie and his interactions with the narrator. I started caring, early.

What a wonderful tribute.

And the references to what was going on at the time in the world were also poignant. Mitch Albom mentions the O.J. Simpson trial, as a bit of a backdrop to his Tuesdays visiting Morrie. It gave some great perspective.

This was an easy book to read, all the more poignant as I have lost a few people to catastrophic illnesses in the last few years. Morrie seemed to do this dying thing with grace. Or, really, he lived to the very end. And I was glad I got to experience it, even decades later.

Five stars.

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