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Mitch Albom isn't afraid to tackle the big questions: life, death and faith (and sports). His parables about living a meaningful life have struck a chord with millions.
A little book that, at the time, no one wanted to publish called 'Tuesdays with Morrie' spent four years atop the New York Times best-seller list, making it the most-successful memoir of all-time.
This mega-selling ride began for Mitch 17 years ago - back when he was, by his own admission, cynical and materialistic: a workaholic sportswriter with little time for personal reflection.
Then Mitch reunited with his former professor Morrie Schwartz in the last months of Morrie's life. Mitch turned their weekly conversations about life and how to live it into what became a publishing phenomenon.
Oprah liked it too. She made 'Tuesdays with Morrie' into an Emmy-winning TV movie.
Since 'Morrie', Mitch has become a brand-name in feel-good books that inspire and tug at the old heart-strings. And even if he hasn't always had the critics on his side, books like 'The Five People You Meet in Heaven' have connected with millions.
Mitch's latest is called 'The Time Keeper'. It's a novel - a fable, actually - about time, and how to make it count.