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Date Posted: 16:08:11 08/06/06 Sun
Author: Syl
Subject: The Five People You Meet in Heaven


This one was sent in by Margy. Thanks, Margy!!



TITLE: The Five People You Meet in Heaven

AUTHOR: Mitch Albom

GENRE: Fiction



Despite the title, this is not a religious book. This is a great book though - a life affirming book, and a great story.

This is the story of Eddie. On his 83rd birthday, Eddie dies at Ruby Pier, a fun fair where he has worked and lived his entire life.

Eddie’s death is not the end of the book, but the beginning, and so he begins to meet 5 people in Heaven. These 5 people have been hugely influential in his life, although some of them are complete strangers to him. Through them we follow the story of Eddie’s life, his childhood, his marriage, his war years, his loneliness and happiness, and his after-life.

Eddie dies when a ride fails, and he acts to save the life of a little girl who is in the path of a falling fair ground cart. He wakes up in the afterlife, and finds that Heaven is not what he expected at all, not some lush Garden of Eden, but a place where he meets with those people who have shaped his life.

This is a quick read novel, but one that will stay with you long after you finish it.

Now I need to go and get Mitch Albom’s other novel, Tuesdays with Morrie. That also looks fascinating.

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[> I really enjoyed this book. I read it thinking I knew what would happen, but I was surprised and touched. It's a quick read, and quite inspirational. There is purpose in life, even if you can't see it or understand it. Now, my DH read "Tuesdays" and told me I wouldn't like it-- too sad, he said. So Syl, if you do read it, please report back here! -- JulieQ, 22:09:45 08/06/06 Sun

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[> Loved it!! The TV movie wasn't bad either ;0) -- Shari, 08:59:07 08/08/06 Tue

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[> [> I didn't know there'd been a movie, I'm sure it didn't make it to the UK. -- Margy, 12:15:34 08/08/06 Tue

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[> [> [> Jack Lemmon starred as Maurie and it might have been a tele movie. It was very good! -- Lolkate, 17:30:32 09/23/06 Sat

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[> Mitch Albom is one of the reasons my family has always subscribed to The Detroit Free Press. He's a fabulous writer whether he's talking baseball, football and hockey; politics or the even deeper topics he touches on in his books and sometimes in his newspaper columns. I loved Tuesdays With Morrie but I have to admit I haven't gotten to this one yet. One of these days... I hear he has a new novel coming out later this year. Starbucks(!) is going to help promote it. -- Lynn H., 20:31:21 08/08/06 Tue

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[> Thanks for the great review, Margie. Tuesdays with Morrie is excellent, you'll like it. -- beccabee, 11:18:13 08/13/06 Sun

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[> Excellent book Margy!! I loved it and like Julie said it was very inspirational. Just the littlest things we do has a ripple effect on others, truly amazing. It really made me more conscious of the things I do and say. -- Noelle, 12:29:04 08/13/06 Sun

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[> I can remember Tuesdays with Morrie making a big impact here. Never got to read it then but might do a double now. Thanks Margy. -- Sheila, 03:18:08 08/14/06 Mon

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[> Thanks, Margy - I'm moving this up on my TBR pile. I read Tuesdays when it first came out and it was wonderful. It's one of those books people should read every 5 - 10 years as they age - what a beautiful example of aging with grace and a gift of thought-provoking behavioral gems. It made me want to grow old like Morrie, not like the crotchety old pain that PMS gives me glimpses of *G*. This second book must be great as well! -- MaryJ, 14:34:23 08/15/06 Tue

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[> Thank you for this review! I had resisted this book because I thought it was going to be like something written by John Grey, the Mars/Venus dimwit. Now, I think I'd really like to read it. Thanks! -- Lemora, 22:56:25 08/17/06 Thu

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[> The Author has a new book coming out soon, and it sounds like it is going to be another inspirational read. -- Marg B, 16:54:27 08/20/06 Sun

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[> Just finished it yesterday...a very good read...makes you really think about your purpose in life but not in a super heavy way...very sweet. -- poppet, 09:23:57 09/08/06 Fri

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[> Did anyone wonder who their 5 people would be? Or for which people you'd be one of their 5? -- AngieC, 08:32:29 09/14/06 Thu

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[> I've not read the book Tuesdays with Murray, but I was just telling my dad about this film yesterday - it's got Jack Lemmon in it - whom I adore. Its a fab story. -- Clara F, 06:05:37 01/15/07 Mon

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[> I have this in my TBR pile! -- Leigh, 22:03:19 01/28/07 Sun

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