Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom is one of my all time favorite books now. Though this is the 20 Anniversary Edition of this book I had never read it. When it came out again I snatched it up to see what everyone was talking about and now I know. This is the story of a man who had lost touch with his favorite teacher and when he found out that his teacher was dying of ALS he made it a point to reconnect with him. While in college he had met with his teacher on Tuesdays to work on a senior project and as luck would have it he again met with him on a Tuesday. This is the story of the last Tuesdays of Morrie's life and how they spent them. Every week Mitch Albom had a different topic to discuss from family to death. 9 topics to discuss in the time they had left. Every week Mitch got on a plane to Morrie's house bringing Morrie's favorite foods, the topic to discuss and a tape recorder. Every week he brought these things though soon Morrie could no longer eat the food, though it was difficult for Morrie to talk, every week Mitch brought it all and spent the Tuesday listening to Morrie's thoughts, philosophy on the topic and learning what it was like to live and to die. Mitch and Morrie grew even closer together these last weeks working on this project. Mitch learned some of the cares that Morrie needed including the "ass wiping" which Morrie dreaded as he knew that it would come a day that he would be too weak to do this for himself. Morrie learned to die as Mitch looked on and learned along with him.
Reading this book you will laugh, you will cry, but most of all you will ponder on the meaning and purpose of your own life. Don't think that you can casually read this book. It will draw you in and grab hold of you as you not only marvel on the strength of Morrie as his gets closer to his death but will be grateful that Mitch took the time out of his business of living to finish this last project with his favorite teacher,"Coach". This book can and should be read by everyone.
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.