Book Review: Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

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What a pleasure it is to have found this book! On a cold,lonely winter night, this is exactly what I needed to remind me that life doesn’t happen by itself. We have to make it happen.

This nonfiction book is about a young man, Mitch, who has not seen his beloved college professor, Morrie, in years. During this time, Morrie is diagnosed with ALS. Mitch forgets the teachings Morrie has given him during his younger years about valuing the intangible things in life. This changes when Mitch sees Morrie on television talking about his condition. With this revelation, Mitch goes back to his professor and reconnects with him. This visit evolves into a weekly visit, every Tuesday, where the pair talk about life, the meaning of it all, and of course, death.

Morrie is an amazing person, and I have to constantly remind myself that he is not simply a character in a book. He was real, and he lives in the lives of the people he has touched even after his death. It is a poignant story with a very serious topic. However, even though it deals with death, there is a positive tone about it. Morrie teaches us to accept our past and look forward to having peace. He is such an admirable person in that even when he was dealt the death card, he managed to remain positive and make differences in the lives of those around him.

It is definitely heartbreaking watching this man wither and grow weaker with each chapter. This man has lost so much. By the end of the book, he can no longer do any of the activities that he has loved throughout his life, and yet he persists in smiling and helping others. Even when he cannot wipe his own bottom, he tries to look on the positive side – a reminder to all of us to not get too wrapped up in our own worries. Live in the present and experience it with good company.

The only negative thing I would say about the book is that Albom’s writing is quite simple, and sometimes, it comes across as corny – almost as if it was a Hallmark greeting card. However, I don’t think that should stop you from picking this book up. Corniness is truth wrapped in banal words after all.

This book reminds us all that we need to accept what happens to us. Only then can we detach ourselves and see things from a full and meaningful perspective. Only when we learn to die can we learn to live. I’m grateful for having found this book. It was spectacular in its meaning and thoughtfulness. I would definitely recommend this one!

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Mummy Knew by Lisa James Book Review

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There are no words to describe how horrifying the events in this book are. No child should ever have to experience what Lisa James went through during her childhood, and I felt absolutely sick to my stomach while reading this. Lisa James is an amazing woman who went through so much as a child, and she is even more amazing to be able to tell us about her experience.

The story starts off with Lisa living with her grandmother, but after her grandmother is injured, she is sent to her mother, who is negligent in every possible way. Things are fine for a while until her mother gets a new boyfriend. This new boyfriend will be Lisa’s tormentor physically throughout her childhood and mentally throughout her adulthood. He is a monster to do those things to a child, and her mother is just as much a monster for letting it happen. Even aware of what was going on between her new husband and daughter, she did nothing. If anything, she grew to hate Lisa, seeing her as some sort of rival for her husband’s affection.Things become even more horrifying when her mom insists she move in with Frank, the husband. I couldn’t believe what I was reading. ┬áHere was a mother who was willingly giving her daughter to a sick and twisted pervert. Ugh.

This book is quite graphic and certainly is not for everyone, but I implore you to read it. It’s a story that is awful but still happens around us. Sexual or any abuse shouldn’t be tolerated and ignored as it was in Lisa’s family, and I absolutely recommend this book. I’m sure a lot of people can find comfort in Lisa’s story, knowing that they are not alone. Lisa is an amazing person who endured so much and was able to move on and do something with her life. I highly recommend this moving but horrifying and shocking read.