Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson, 20th Anniversary Edition by Mitch Albom | Conversation Starters
Morrie's name in Hebrew means "my teacher." In college, sportswriter Mitch Albom looked up to Morrie as his mentor and promised to stay in touch after graduation. He went on to become a successful journalist, winning awards and recognition along the way. For the second time, as Morrie comes close to dying, he is once again a mentor to Albom, this time teaching him lessons about life and death. His teachings touch on the themes of regret, aging, self-pity, love, death, and life. A review by Publishers Weekly says that "far from being awash in sentiment, the dying man retains a firm grasp on reality. " It says the book is "emotionally rich...and a deeply affecting memorial to a wise mentor."
Tuesdays with Morrie was a #1 bestseller in the New York Times' non-fiction list. It remained on the Times bestseller list for four years, becoming the best-selling memoir of all time. It was made into a movie for TV and shown in 1999 with Hank Azaria and Jack Lemmon as lead actors and Mick Jackson as director. The book celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2007 with the publication of a new edition.
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