Tuesdays with Morrie

Albom, Mitch

Primary Category: Literature / Nonfiction

Genre: Journal

Annotated by:
Kohn, Martin
  • Date of entry: Jan-24-1998


Tuesdays with Morrie is a series of lessons a former (and now current) student has with his teacher (and now mentor) about facing one's death and living one's life. The author, Mitch Albom, is an award-winning sports columnist with the Detroit Free Press. A chance encounter propels Albom, guiltily and fearfully, to the bedside of Morrie Schwartz, his sociology teacher at Brandeis University nearly twenty years ago. [This chance encounter occurs electronically--Albom saw Morrie speaking about dying from ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) with Ted Koppel on the Nightline television program].

Once together again, teacher and student decide to extend the visit over the remaining months of Morrie's life. Their Tuesday "seminars" explore perennial value issues of everyday life: "Family," "Emotions," "Money," "Marriage," "Our Culture," Fear of Aging," etc. The interchanges, fortunately, are studded with "pearls of wisdom" from Morrie.


Although not a masterful work of literature, this short best-seller could be instructive for those in the health care community. Not only is careful listening and wise telling extolled, but a subtext revealing Albom's search for and rediscovery of discarded ideals also unfolds in the book.



Place Published

New York



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