I can still remember the first time I read Tuesdays with Morrie. It took all of one day. It was 4 a.m. when I finished the last page. I closed the book, said my prayers, and cried myself to sleep.
Working in a library, I’m often asked for book recommendations. Usually, I’ll try to get a sense of what the person likes before I make a suggestion but I don’t read every genre, so sometimes I’m no help. I love happy, light reads to get lost in, but my favorite types of books are memoirs and biographies. There’s something about reading real stories about real lives that just fascinates me. It’s not always a happy ending, but it’s real. There’s something more relatable and thought provoking about that to me. And sometimes the truth is better than a happily ever after.
Tuesdays with Morrie was one of those books that I’d just assumed everyone had read. I don’t really know why. I guess after reading it, I just loved it so much and figured there was no way like a billion people didn’t know about this amazing story. So I never really recommended it to people. Well, that changed. One day, this lady asked me to tell her “a good book” that she should check out. For some reason that day, I didn’t go through the whole get-to-know-their-book-taste thing. I just told her to hang on, went to the Biography shelf and grabbed Tuesdays with Morrie and handed it to her. The next week, she came back in the library, gave me a hug, and thanked me for giving her that book.
Now, I never pass up an opportunity to tell people about it. I don’t care if you told me the type of books you prefer are those about aliens that eat boogers – I’d still tell you to read Tuesdays with Morrie. I won’t waste words with a summary or anything like that, just read it. It’s a beautiful, true, and inspiring story that is impossible to not fall in love with or walk away from without wanting to a better person and understanding love and life a little bit better.
(P.S. If you live in the Nashville area, the author, Mitch Album, is coming to speak at Parnassus Books on December 6. It’s free too, which makes it even more awesome. I’m excited.)