For One More Day by Mitch Albom
is similar to Albom's earlier novella, The Five People You Meet in Heaven
. Both provide opportunities for book clubs to discuss issues of life and death.
Spoiler Warning: These book club discussion questions reveal important details about the story. Finish the book before reading on.
- If you could spend one more day with someone who has died, who would you choose? Why?
- Do you think that, like Chick, you tried to please the parent who withheld love more than the parent who gave it freely?
- Why do you think people tend to take for granted the people they love? Do you regret ways you have treated your parents or other loved ones? Do you think you can make it better?
- Is Chick able to make things better with his mother? Daughter? What is the secret to being able to move past years of hurt and neglect?
- Why do you think Albom includes Chick's mother's visits with Rose and Miss Thelma? What does Chick learn from them? What do they symbolize?
- Do you agree with Chick that there is no love as pure as a mother's love?
- Were you surprised to learn Chick's father had two families? Did this change your view of the story or would it not have mattered why his parents split up?
- What do you learn about Chick's mother from the letters she wrote to him?
- Chick says every family is a ghost story? Do you agree? What are the ways your family has shaped you?
- Rate For One More Day on a scale of 1 to 5.