On this day in 1958, Mitch Albom was born in Passaic, New Jersey. The author, sportswriter, radio talk show host and frequent on ESPN‘s “The Sports Reporters,” is best known for his novels
In his day-job with the Detroit Free Press, Albom also covers the Motor City’s professional teams and the University of Michigan. In both mediums (but especially his novels), he captures humans’ emotional search for happiness and life’s meaning like no other writer. Here are three of his books worth reading.
- The Fab Five: The definitive account of the college basketball’s most revolutionary team of the last 25 years (even if they never beat Duke). Albom chronicles the story of Chris Weber, Jalen Rose, Juwan Howard, Jimmy King and Ray Jackson from their recruiting to their loss to North Carolina in the 1993 NCAA title game.
- Tuesdays with Morrie: A dying man’s wonderful wisdom is captured over a series a Tuesdays by Albom in this moving, inspiring book.
- The Five People You Meet in Heaven: The life of a good man, tragedies, flaws and all, are told through the stories of five seemingly random individuals. In the end, Albom creates a Heaven that we all hope exists.