80 pages 2 hours read

Mitch Albom

Tuesday’s with Morrie: An Old Man, A Young Man, and Life’s Greatest Lesson

Nonfiction | Book | Adult | Published in 1997

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Tuesdays with Morrie

  • Genre: Nonfiction; memoir
  • Originally Published: 1997
  • Reading Level/Interest: College/Adult
  • Structure/Length: 22 chapters; approx. 192 pages; approx. 3 hours, 42 minutes on audio
  • Central Concern: In 1994, Mitch Albom, a successful sports journalist, learns that his former sociology professor Morrie Schwartz is dying of Lou Gehrig’s disease. Remembering a promise he made to keep in touch with his beloved teacher, Albom begins visiting Morrie over a period of 14 Tuesdays, and the two of them discuss death, aging, emotions, and the meaning of life.
  • Potential Sensitivity Issues: Death; disease

Mitch Albom, Author

  • Bio: Born in New Jersey; lives in Detroit, MI; has worked as an author, sports journalist, musician, and radio talk show host; his books have sold more than 40 million copies and have been made into movies
  • Other Works: The Five People You Meet in Heaven (2003); For One More Day (2006); The Time Keeper (2013); The Stranger in the Lifeboat (2021)
  • Awards: The Michigan Library Association’s 2020 Michigan Author Award

CENTRAL THEMES connected and noted throughout this Teaching Unit:

  • Death as a Lesson
  • If the Culture Doesn’t Work, Don’t Buy It
  • Giving is Living

STUDY OBJECTIVES: In accomplishing the components of this Unit, students will:

  • Gain an understanding of the genres of creative nonfiction, memoir, and biography writing as ways of telling the story of a person’s real life.