Reading Groups

Literacy Volunteers of Monmouth County Book Group

This group was formed at the start of the pandemic. On Wednesday, November 3rd we will be discussing Tuesdays with Morrie - a personal favorite of many members <3 As a side note… My grandpa died of ALS and I met Mitch during a family trip to Israel in May 2020....

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A Memory Grows Community Chat

The group meets virtually every Wednesday evening and discusses books related to grief. The group is comprised of parents across the United States and Canada who have lived through the death of one or more of their children. When was your group formed?: January 2021...

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Shelf Indulgence Book Club

“When you sell a man a book you don’t sell just twelve ounces of paper and ink and glue — you sell him a whole new life. Love and friendship and humor and ships at sea by night — there‘s all heaven and earth in a book, a real book.” —Christopher Morley Self Indulgence...

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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?

Tuesday People

Inspired by the worldwide No. 1 bestseller Tuesdays with Morrie, join Mitch Albom as he explores the themes he and his old professor spoke about as Morrie was leaving the world, and how they relate to leading a better life. An interactive show with listener and occasional guest participation, “Tuesday People” is a community interested in knowing what matters in life, keeping that in perspective, and applying it to make our days happier and more fulfilling.

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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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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  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?

Sermon Guides

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

Rev. Floyd Flake’s sermon/discussion guide

Rabbi Vernon Kurtz’s Sample Sermon

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

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  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?

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  1. Why are endings often so difficult and challenging? What’s a healthy balance between staying connected and moving on?
  2. What does Annie understand as a nurse that many people may not?
  3. Central to Annie’s story and her feelings about herself are supposed mistakes. What constitutes a mistake? In what contexts or situations are they allowable or even necessary?

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Videos to Watch

Reading Group Guide

  1. After her death, Chika first appears to Albom the morning of his father’s funeral. Why do you think the author chose to use these “dialogues” to help tell the story?
  2. Why is it particularly difficult for Albom to write about Chika at first?
  3. Chika suggests to Albom that one can indeed forget a loved one. What might she mean? What kinds of things might cause the fading of such important memories and feelings?

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    This is a story about love

    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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