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Tuesdays With Morrie

An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson
Paperback Book
October, 2002
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$20.00 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Twenty years after college, Mitch, now a high-flying sportswriter, saw his old sociology prof and mentor Morrie Schwartz on Nightline on TV, talking about how to live while dying. Morrie was dying of ALS, a particularly ruthless degenerative nerve condition. Mitch re-connected with Morrie, and they began meeting on Tuesdays, as they had years earlier in college:

“Mitch?” he said, “the culture doesn’t encourage you to think about such things until you’re about to die. We’re so wrapped up with egotistical things, career, family, having enough money, meeting the mortgage, getting a new car, fixing the radiator when it breaks—we’re involved in trillions of little acts just to keep going. So we don’t get into the habit of standing back and looking at our lives and saying, Is this all? Is this all I want? Is something missing?”

He paused.

“You need someone to probe you in that direction. It won’t just happen automatically.”

I knew what he was saying. We all need teachers in our lives.

And mine was sitting in front of me.

Together, Tuesday after Tuesday, as Morrie’s body moved closer and closer to death, Mitch and Morrie explored over egg salad and bedpans these topics: death, fear, aging, greed, marriage, family, society, forgiveness, and a meaningful life. The result is, in the words of Bernie Siegel, author of Love, Medicine & Miracles, “an incredible treasure. One’s sense of our mortality is a great teacher and source of enlightenment. To have a teacher share this experience provides us with profound wisdom and insight. I laughed, cried and ordered five copies for our children.”

In this “sweet book of a man’s love for his mentor [which] has a stubborn honesty that nourishes the living” (Robert Bly), Mitch slows down enough to take a good look at how he’s living his life. He’s our Everyman, cell phone in one hand and a slice of pizza in the other:

All I knew was this: Morrie, my old professor, wasn’t in the self-help business. He was standing on the tracks, listening to death’s locomotive whistle, and he was very clear about the important things in life.

I wanted that clarity. Every confused and tortured soul I knew wanted that clarity.

Publisher’s Description: 

Its been ten years since Mitch Albom first shared the wisdom of Morrie Schwartz with the world. Nowtwelve million copies laterin a new afterword, Mitch Albom reflects again on the meaning of Morries life lessons and the gentle, irrevocable impact of their Tuesday sessions all those years ago. . .


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.Top sports journalist Mitch Albom’s greatest success came out of left field when his old sociology professor, Morrie Schwartz, received a death sentence from the doctor: Lou Gehrig’s disease. As Morrie’s health degenerated, every Tuesday morning Albom began attending what became Morrie’s last class. What he learned has changed the lives of millions of readers. Morrie gives his student a crash course on living: clear and ruthless hindsight on what matters most when your days are numbered, writes novelist Amy Tan. Finally in paperback!

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