Biography – Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life’s Greatest Lesson

Tuesdays with Morrie

Albom, Mitch. 2002. Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life’s Greatest Lesson. New York : Broadway Books.

Genre : Biography
Suggested Readers : Cycle 2 Secondary


The book is basically about Morrie Schwartz, a history professor at Brandeis University, who has been diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) and is dying. A former student, Mitch Albom, who had become a fairly well known sports writer, heard about his teacher and decided to pay a visit. This visit soon turned into regular meetings, on Tuesdays. The book shares Morrie’s life lessons.

Personal appreciation

I read this book when it came out more than ten years ago and I read it again this year with even more emotion. This is a beautiful touching story that will make you cry. It teaches you life lessons and you will surely put it on your « best books I have ever read » list ! The only complaint I have about this book is that it wasn’t longer. I wanted to take more time and savor the wisdom and sweetness of this old man, but, like his illness’s swiftness, reading the book seemed to go by all too quickly.

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– Tanja Vaillancourt, English Consultant, CSSH

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