Life and Death

Author Mitch Albom knocks on heaven's door a third time

Think of Mitch Albom as the Babe Ruth of popular literature, hitting the ball out of the park every time he's at bat. His 1997 memoir, Tuesdays with Morrie, was a record-breaking best seller, with 11 million copies in print in 41 countries. The popular TV film of the book, which he wrote, garnered four Emmys. His 2003 novel, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, added another 8 million copies to his scorecard. He also maintains his day job as a sports columnist and radio commentator. TIME spoke with Albom, 48, just as his much awaited new novel, For One...

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