Mitch Albom

by Charu Sharma on November 18, 2012

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Born: May 23, 1958, Passaic, New Jersey, U.S.
Genre: Non-fiction, Young-adult fiction, Religious Literature
Nationality: American
Website: www.mitchalbom.com
Facebook: Facebook.com/MitchAlbom
 

About him…

Mitchell David a.k.a Mitch Albom is an American author, also ventured into other creative fields as a musician, journalist, screenwriter, dramatist, radio host and television broadcaster. He’s the man with inspirational creation. Albom tried to convey his life lessons an inspiration to people through music, later shifted through journalism and then finally expressed through his books as a writer.

Mitch is from New Jersey, United States. His life journey started after he earned his bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Brandeis University, Massachusetts. Mitch had a knack for music. Before becoming a well known author, he experimented his life directions with Music profession. He stayed true to his dream of a life in music even after gaining graduation degree and worked for several years as a performer, both in Europe and America.

In his early 20’s, he travelled New York and there the edge came where he took an interest in journalism and started working as freelance sports journalist for sports publications. He eventually returned to graduate school, earning a Master’s degree from Columbia University’s followed by an MBA from Columbia University. . In 1995, he married Janine Sabino. They live in suburban Detroit, Michigan. He moved to Detroit in 1985, where he became a nationally-acclaimed sports journalist at the Detroit Free Press and one of the best-known media figures, working in newspapers, radio and television.

Later, Mitch turned writing into full-time profession. After his national recognition for sports writing, his inclination toward writing ventured into books and perhaps his work is best known for the inspirational stories and themes that weave through his books, plays and films.

Famous work:

The Five People You Meet in Heaven

images (1) Mitch Albom's first albom released in 1993.It was inspired by Mitch Albom’s real-life uncle; Edward Beitchman, Uncle Eddie. This story is more like a personal tribute to his uncle. The story starts with an ending of a life. It’s a fine fiction, will make you wonder and discover the new meanings of life before and after of an ultimate intervention.

 

Tuesdays with Morrie

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Only the fortunate beings get to learn and acknowledge oneself from a true mentor, at least once in a lifetime. Mitch Albom is one of those lucky ones. Tuesdays with Morrie is a memoir in the form of shared experiences of his teacher, coach and mentor- Morrie Schwartz.  Read More…

 

For One More Day

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It captivates the readers by the weaving relation between a mother and son. It is highly emotional, deep and touching. Mitch’s true self reflects in this book. It portrays a relationship between a mother and a son, with the changing time and age how two blood relations are affected. Also how separation of parents effects the childhood and everyone around has to bare the harsh consequences. At some point, readers would definitely relate to different curves of the story. It will make you think and say- it is true and it does or did happen!

Have a Little Faith

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It was released in September 2009. Another piece of non-fiction after ‘Tuesdays with Morrie’. The story talks about two men who changed Albom’s life in some or the other way. Rabbi who ask him to write his eulogy and a Protestant Minister from a poor section of Detroit. The story yet again is an inspirational piece for the readers and also written by Albom’s personal encounters and life changing relations in his life. It was selected by Oprah.com as the best nonfiction book of 2009.

The Time Keeper

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Albom's latest work of fiction, released in 2012 and available online and at bookstores worldwide. Story is said to have that magical mystical essence to it. The other worldly facets is the ultimatum of this book.

 

His Contribution to Media

Mitch Albom as a screenwriter has also worked on turning the best sellers into successful TV movies. One of the most inspirational talk show women; Oprah Winfrey produced the film version of Tuesdays with Morrie and For One More Day. Albom looks after seven charities, located in the metropolitan Detroit area. He is also well known for his philanthropic work in Detroit, Michigan.

Going through the journals and other facts about Mitch as a person, the most frequently asked question from him would be his inspiration for his writing. The answers to all the questions reflect in his books. It is through his personal experiences and relationships, like- Uncle Eddie, Morrie and his mother, he started penning down his thoughts. His books are like an open book of his life journey and lessons to the readers, focus on autobiographical experiences and subjects behind characters.

Albom once quoted, “I look to the moments in my life when I was overwhelmed by emotion, when I felt tears behind my eyes or when I felt my breath leaving me. And then I think what was behind those moments: what happened to push me to that point? I try to see if it is something universal, something many people feel. If so, I know I am I standing in the soil of something inspiring, and I begin to create a story from that moment

Nevertheless, if you have ever given a little space on your book shelf for one of Mitch Albom’s books, you would definitely know the essence in his life for expressing tales that he has composed till now. Also, His website is dedicated to all the readers. It has portals for discussions and updates about his current projects related to every sphere of his contribution.

 

Written by Charu Sharma

Books and writing take me to my Neverland. I want to drown into the creations of music-art-literature. I prefer the company of Books than people- That’s cynical me!

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