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NWR North Staffs

Twenty members, all women from around 50 years up to 80 years. Some of us been meeting since 1981. We read and discuss a book a month. When was your group formed?: 1981 Where do you meet?: Community Center How does your group choose which books to read?: Vote Do you... read more

Women’s Night Out Book Club

Go beyond the book and partake in a lively discussion with the Women’s Night Out book club! In August, the group will discuss Mitch Albom’s newest novel, “The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto.” It’s an epic story of the greatest guitar... read more

Great Minds & Dirty Martinis

Our group, Great Minds & Dirty Martinis is an awesome group of women who get together on a monthly basis in mid-Michigan. It is a very dynamic group with different cultures, viewpoints and occupations represented. A few women started it and it continued to grow.... read more

Tell us about your book club or reading group

Hearing someone discuss your book or read a favorite line aloud with others is a writer’s dream. It is such an honor to hear from reading groups like yours who have had valuable and formative discussion because of one of my books. I love reading groups, and wish I could visit with all you. Since that’s just not possible, I’ve created this section for reading groups and book clubs to build a profile-I’d like to hear about who you are and how you came together, and about your discussions of my books. Once one member (one only, please!) has registered your group, please head to the message board to share ideas and advice about hosting an event. Please stay in touch!

Warm regards, Mitch Albom

READING GROUP GUIDE

  1. Did your opinion about Mitch change as the book went on? In what way?
  2. Who do you think got more out of their Tuesday meetings, Mitch or Morrie? In what ways? How do you think each would answer this question?
  3. Do you think Mitch would have come back to Morrie’s house the second time if he hadn’t been semi-idled by the newspaper strike?

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NIGHTLINE: MORRIE SCHWARTZ

READING GROUP GUIDE

  1. Describe what Albom’s heaven is like. If it differs from what you imagined, share those differences.
  2. “No story sits by itself. Sometimes stories met at corners and sometimes they cover one another completely, like stones beneath a river.” How does this statement relate to the story and to your own life?

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VIDEO GUIDE WITH MITCH

READING GROUP GUIDE

  1. In the first paragraph of the novel, and repeated several times throughout the book, is the line “every family is a ghost story.” What do you think that means? Who is the real ghost in the Benetto family?
  2. Which scene resonated with you the most, and why?

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VIDEO GUIDE WITH MITCH

Reading Group Guide

  1. Have a Little Faith asks, “What if our beliefs were not what divided us, but what pulled us together?” How would you begin to answer this question? Which of the world’s ills could be healed, what wrongs could be made right, if religion was more of a unifying force?
  2. How would you react if someone you knew asked you to write their eulogy? How would you go about doing so?

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Sermon Guides

Produced by the National Council of Churches (NCC) of Christ in the USA

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Rev. Floyd Flake’s sermon/discussion guide

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Rabbi Vernon Kurtz’s Sample Sermon

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Reading Group Guide

  1. Time is a major theme in this book. What importance does time hold for you, and for the current generation?
  2. Time is valuable, but it is also limited. What is one way to make the most of what we have?
  3. What one moment would you like to relive?

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FROM THE CAVE

Reading Group Guide

  1. Are you surprised by the various reactions from the people who receive the phone calls from heaven? How do you think you would react if you were to receive such a call?
  2. How do these phone calls from heaven change the small Midwestern town of Coldwater? Do you think it would be different if the same thing happened in a major city?

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Champagne Book Club

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  1. What are the effects of having The Spirit of Music narrate the novel? How does it shade the story?
  2. Of what significance—literal or symbolic—is it that Frankie Presto was born amidst El Terror Rojo, the Spanish civil war? How do you think the cultural restrictions and political tensions affected Frankie’s childhood? How do you think they impacted his music

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Who is Frankie Presto?

Educators

Using one of Mitch’s books in the classroom? Please share your story in the Teachers’ section of the site, where you will also find educators’ guides.

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