Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom (192 pages)
If you read books as much as I do, there are certain ones that keep you coming back for more; ones you revisit when you’re in need of some comfort, a good laugh, or a good cry; ones that welcome you into their world with the warmth of an embrace from a close friend.
For me, one of those books is Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom. Written in 1999, the story focuses on Albom’s Tuesday afternoons spent with his 78-year-old sociology professor, Morrie Schwartz, who is dying from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The two men talk about life, death, forgiveness, love, and the importance of community and connection.
I’ve read this book about three times, and currently have the audio version on hold at the library, and each time I discover something new while reading, either about myself or about the world in which we live. These lessons, from a mentor who passed in 1995, are just as relevant – and even more urgent – today as they were 20 years ago.
These heartfelt conversations between student and professor teach us invaluable lessons while reminding us that in today’s hyper-connected, yet increasingly isolated, world, reaching out and showing others you care can make all the difference.
While the last chapter, as expected, is about saying goodbye, it doesn’t make it any easier to accept. As it’s not just Mitch who’s saying goodbye to his old professor but, through the power of the novel’s simplistic yet powerful style and humble wisdom, we as readers must also come to terms with saying goodbye to a joyful, authentic, and loving man we never had the pleasure to meet.
The Bottom Line: 5/5 Brookie Stars
If you’re looking for a fast read that celebrates life and is willing to get real about death, then look no further than Tuesdays with Morrie. It is bound to touch your heart and keep you coming back again and again.
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Andrea Querido is a 40-ish book-loving, introverted word nerd who’s passionate about connection, self-care, personal growth, creating community and, of course, books!
Favourite book: To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Favourite brunch spot: Anywhere I don’t have to cook.