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Mitch Albom on Book of the Month
Why the bestselling author loves BOTM and what he's working on now
Book of the Month, Mitch Albom
Do you have any relationship with Book of the Month. Were you ever a member?
Oh yeah - Book of the Month Club. We were all members of that when we were kids.
Books were hugely important in my family. Reading was hugely important. We belonged to that - they were fine with that. I could pick out any books that I wanted. I remember getting a book shipped to the house. Getting a book, and seeing it arrive is a different feeling than anything else because it has a nice shape. You know what it is when it gets there. It comes in that box, you know, that's kind of set for it. And there's a way of like ripping it open and pulling it out and it first comes out and you see all those, maybe the deckle-edged pages or something. You're holding it in your hands for the first time, you're flipping through it. So tactile you know. That's what I try to tell my young family members, who are in their teens or 20's and read...one of my nephews read 'Frankie Presto,' 500 plus pages, on his phone. A cell phone. And told me, 'Oh it was great.' I said, 'How could you even absorb it on your cell phone?' So yeah I remember the days of books coming in the mail, for us, and ripping them open, and that was a big deal.
We also asked Mitch what he's currently working on.
What am I working on... My next book is going to be non-fiction, a return to non-fiction. It's going to center around my experience operating an orphanage in Haiti for the last, now it'll be seven years, since the earthquake. Six years - what are we 2016? Yeah, so the last six years since the earthquake. Which has really opened my eyes to children and what it means to be a family, even if you know, they don't look like you, and you're the wrong age, and all these other things. Kids in Haiti have really opened up my eyes. So there's a lot of stories that I've collected, and there's one in particular that I'm going to focus on. And I think we'll do that in 2017. Which will be the 20th anniversary of 'Tuesdays with Morrie.' Time flies.
And what he's reading now.
I just finished reading this really odd book, called 'The Guide for the Perplexed.' It's very well written, and it takes place in Modern America where someone is captured as a hostage and killed. And then in the time of Sholem Aleichem, at the same time, and he's searching now, ancient texts. And I don't know how this author got those ideas together. But it was one of the things I started reading I said, 'This is just too odd to put down.' And I really ended up enjoying it.