Book Review: The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto

(You're busy and you don't really have time to read mediocre books. I read this. Read my review. I promise I'd never recommend anything that is a waste of time.)


Book Review: The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto
Author: Mitch Albom

When I was in college, my dear friend and I braved an Ohio blizzard, complete with dangerous ice and potentially flying over the side of the expressway, to go listen to and hopefully meet Mitch Albom. Mitch was speaking at the University of Toledo and I think I was about 21 or 22 at the time and for years I had been listening to him on AM 760 out of Detroit. (I'll write another post later about how cool I am.)

He and Kenny made me laugh and smile… and I just thought Mitch was so cool. His music knowledge blew me away and he had this “Albom’s Albums” feature on the show that I loved. (And stop. "Album's Alboms." Exactly what I love.)

When others my age were listening to shock jocks, I had my Mitch. He had a kind streak. He loved Motown. I liked him. It was through his show that I discovered Warren Zevon and so many more incredible artists. 

As a fan, I remember him talking on the show about a book that he was going to be releasing: Tuesdays with Morrie.

I, along with most of America, read it. I even bought a copy and sent it to my 6th grade teacher. (Miss Sparks was amazing.) The book underscored just why I love Mitch Albom and it also spoke to the other thing that really gets me: relationships.

I believe that throughout our respective journeys, there are different characters and profiles that pop up… they sometimes jump in, push their way in, ease in or sort of appear and they shape the trajectory of our lives. Sometimes for the better, sometimes not so much.


This latest book by Mitch Albom is warm read, as all of his books are. But it’s captivating. And truth? As I finished the last few chapters I was crying… on a plane… trying to act as if I wasn’t crying on a plane.

“As life goes on, you will join other bands, some through friendships, some through romance, some through neighborhoods, school, an army.  Maybe you will all dress the same, or laugh at your own private vocabularly. Maybe you will flop on couches backstage or share a boardroom table, or crowd around a galley inside a ship. But in each band you join, you will play a distinct part, and it will affect you as much as you affect it.”

This book is a sweet reminder that you matter. That everyone has a story. And that life isn’t a result of chance.


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