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Tuesdays with Morrie

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Tuesdays with Morrie, originally titled to have this followed by, "An Old Man, A Young Man and Life's Greatest Lesson", is a 1997 memoir by American author Mitch Albom about a series of visits Albom made to his former sociology professor, Morrie Schwartz, as Schwartz was dying from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Following on features by The Boston Globe and Nightline about Schwartz's dying, Albom's subsequent memoir has been widely reviewed, and has received critical attention. The book topped the New York Times Non-Fiction Best-Sellers List for 23 combined weeks in 2000, remained on the New York Times best-selling list for several years, and was, as of 2006, the bestselling memoir of all time. The year is 1995. After seeing his former sociology professor Morrie Schwartz appear on Nightline, Mitch Albom, a successful sports columnist, phones Schwartz and is prompted to visit him in Massachusetts. A coincidental newspaper strike allows Albom to visit Schwartz every week, on Tuesdays. The book recounts each of the fourteen visits Albom made to Schwartz, supplemented with Schwartz's lectures and life experiences and interspersed with flashbacks and references to contemporary events. After being diagnosed with ALS, Morrie's final days are spent giving his former student Mitch his final lesson of life. The memoir is divided into 14 different "days" that Mitch Albom spent with his professor Morrie. Throughout these days, Mitch and Morrie discuss various topics important to life and living. The memoir also recounts Mitch's memories of Morrie as a professor. Mitch Albom Mitch Albom was born in May 1958 in New Jersey. Originally, he was a pianist and wanted to pursue a life as a musician. Instead he became an journalist, and later an author, screenwriter, and television/radio broadcaster. In his college years, he met sociology professor, Dr. Morrie Schwartz, who would later be the focal point of the memoir, Tuesdays with Morrie. Morrie Schwartz Morrie Schwartz was a sociology professor at Brandeis University who was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
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