Tuesdays with Morrie
by Mitch Albom
This is a memoir that Mitch Albom wrote about the time he spent with his dying professor. Mitch finds out his favorite professor from college, Morrie Schwartz is dying of Lou Gehrig's disease. He didn't keep in touch with Morrie like he said he would after graduation, and by a touch of luck caught a story on Nightline about Morrie. So Mitch decided to go and visit with his old professor, who was more than thankful for Mitch's attention. As their final project together, Mitch and Morrie decide to document the process of dying, and, in doing so, learn more about living than they could have imagined.
A very touching story about life and the relationships we forge with others. Reading this book after A Short History of Nearly Everything gives everything a nice contrast. Sure, there's a ton of stuff we don't know about the universe - who are we, where did we come from, where are we going - but when put science aside and take a closer look, you find that science isn't what you remember about life. People are what you remember, and this book stresses that it's important to connect with people at all times, because that's the reason for living, even if we are just an evolved version of monkeys.
February 2, 2004