What if you could spend one more day with a lost loved one?

October 27, 2008

Bobz Book Reviews

“for one more day,”

by Mitch Albom

“Tuesdays with Morrie” and “The Five People You Meet in Heaven” have made Mitch Albom a best-selling writer, and it’s a modifier he deserves.

Albom has an ear for dialogue, a knack for description and a grasp of real life that all ring true in his prose.

Readers won’t have to be dragged kicking and screaming into investing themselves in this fictional piece that explores a man’s relationship with his parents. It’s a story well told, and one with you may find steals bits and pieces from your own family relationships.

How much of “for one more day” is autobiographical for Albom is a question that gnawed at me from beginning to end. But we don’t have to know the answer to appreciate where Albom takes us as we follow along with his character’s “one more day.”

While main character Chick Benetto’s father definitely plays a role in the drama, it’s Benetto’s relationship with his mother that takes center stage, and that makes this book unique.

The best parts? The interludes when Chick tells about the times when he “stood up for” his mother, and those times when he didn’t.

How much can a mother’s love make up for the latter? Read “for more more day” and find out. — bz

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About Bob Zyskowski

Bob is the Client Products Manager for the Communications Office of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. A 42-year veteran of the Catholic Press, he is the former Associate Publisher of The Catholic Spirit. You can follow him on twitter or email him at zyskowskir@archspm.org.

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