illustration of author Mitch Albom sitting next to Morrie Schwartz, who is lying in a bed

Tuesdays With Morrie

by Mitch Albom
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Why is the book called Tuesdays With Morrie?

The book is called Tuesdays With Morrie because Mitch and Morrie have a history of meeting on Tuesdays. When Morrie becomes terminally ill, Mitch begins visiting him on Tuesdays, and those conversations become the basis of this book.

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Interestingly, Morrie and Mitch's lives have always managed to intersect on Tuesdays. Most of Morrie's classes that Mitch took were scheduled on Tuesdays. Morrie scheduled office hours on Tuesdays, so he and Mitch often met during that time. And when Mitch wrote his senior thesis, he and Morrie met on...

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Interestingly, Morrie and Mitch's lives have always managed to intersect on Tuesdays. Most of Morrie's classes that Mitch took were scheduled on Tuesdays. Morrie scheduled office hours on Tuesdays, so he and Mitch often met during that time. And when Mitch wrote his senior thesis, he and Morrie met on Tuesdays to review and discuss his work.

When Mitch learns that Morrie is dying, he decides to visit his former instructor and mentor. He arrives on a Tuesday, which Morrie believes is fitting. "We're Tuesday people," he points out.

Because Tuesdays have always been significant in their relationship, Mitch continues to plan his visits for Tuesdays. Over numerous Tuesdays, Mitch listens to and records Morrie's lessons about living and dying. Mitch enjoys these visits tremendously, which in itself is a testament to the power of the messages that Morrie delivers weekly; after all, Morrie's body is failing as he faces an increasingly imminent death. Additionally, Mitch must fly seven hundred miles to see Morrie in person.

These Tuesdays spent with Morrie are transformational for Mitch. He begins to view the time as a cleansing ritual for his soul as he is able to focus on important topics like compassion and kindness, qualities his beloved mentor embodies and instructs on. He later compiles all he learns from these Tuesdays, the conversations with Morrie inspiring the basis of Mitch's memoir.

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