Books for Living by Will Schwalbe

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In an age when the number of readers is declining, a delightful book like this might just snare a few new recruits.
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From the author of the beloved New York Times best-selling The End of Your Life Book Club, an inspiring and magical exploration of the power of books to shape our lives in an era of constant connectivity.


Why is it that we read? Is it to pass time? To learn something new? To escape from reality? For Will Schwalbe, reading is a way to entertain himself but also to make sense of the world, to become a better person, and to find the answers to the big (and small) questions about how to live his life. In this delightful celebration of reading, Schwalbe invites us along on his quest for books that speak to the specific challenges of living in our modern world, with all its noise and distractions. In each chapter, he discusses a particular book—what brought him to it (or vice versa), the people in his life he associates with it, and how it became a part of his understanding of himself in the world.  These books span centuries and genres (from classic works of adult and children’s literature to contemporary thrillers and even cookbooks), and each one relates to the questions and concerns we all share. Throughout, Schwalbe focuses on the way certain books can help us honor those we’ve loved and lost, and also figure out how to live each day more fully. Rich with stories and recommendations, Books for Living is a treasure for everyone who loves books and loves to hear the answer to the question: “What are you reading?”
 

About Will Schwalbe

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Will Schwalbe has worked in publishing (most recently as senior vice president and editor in chief of Hyperion Books); digital media, as the founder and CEO of Cookstr.com; and as a journalist, writing for various publications including The New York Times and the South China Morning Post. He is on the boards of Yale University Press and the Kingsborough Community College Foundation. He is the coauthor, with David Shipley, of Send: Why People Email So Badly and How to Do It Better.
 
Published December 27, 2016 by Knopf. 289 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Self Help, Literature & Fiction, Parenting & Relationships, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Good
on Sep 26 2016

In an age when the number of readers is declining, a delightful book like this might just snare a few new recruits.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Jun 23 2017

Schwalbe’s tremendous experience with reading and his stellar taste make for a fine guide to the varied and idiosyncratic list of books for which he advocates.

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NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by A.J. JACOBS on Dec 23 2016

...I was in a pretty good mood when I read his book (this was before Nov. 8). So I can report that I very much enjoyed it. I found it inspiring and charming — a bit fusty at times, but endearingly so. If I’d been in a bad mood, I might have focused more on how it wasn’t quite as emotional as his previous book...

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