About the book: Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom has a perfect little phrase on its cover that summarizes the gist of what the book is about: an old man, a young man, and life’s greatest lesson. As simple as it sounds, this book holds a lot of wisdom about life and will make you think. Mitch Albom (yes, the author of the book! This is a non-fiction piece.) hasn’t seen his beloved mentor and college professor, Morrie Schwartz, in over 20 years until one night, he sees Morrie on national television. During this TV segment, Mitch discovers that Morrie is dying from ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, AKA Lou Gehrig’s disease). After this discovery, Mitch goes to visit Morrie every Tuesday. Despite the fact that Morrie is dying from a terrible disease, he is full of joy and life. On their Tuesdays together, Morrie imparts his wisdom upon Mitch.
What I like: It is an easy, quick, well-written read. It is genuine, touching, and easy to immerse oneself into the story. The book exhibits how strong a mentor/mentee relationship can be, and what lasting impressions we can have on the people in our lives who aren’t our friends and family. The author’s love and admiration of Morrie transcends the pages and enters your heart. Reading about Morrie and his wisdom as his health declines makes him even more special. This is a good book to read if you enjoy collecting good quotes.
What I don’t like: The wisdom, although good, isn’t truly unique and profound. It definitely isn’t anything I haven’t heard or read before.
Overall impression: If you haven’t read this book, you should definitely read it at least once. It will make you reflect on how you are currently living your life.
I recommend this book if… you are alive, want to have some good quotes, or need a quick book to read.