The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe

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I liked Will Schwalbe’s writing style and the format of the book
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Synopsis

“What are you reading?”

That’s the question Will Schwalbe asks his mother, Mary Anne, as they sit in the waiting room of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. In 2007, Mary Anne returned from a humanitarian trip to Pakistan and Afghanistan suffering from what her doctors believed was a rare type of hepatitis. Months later she was diagnosed with a form of advanced pancreatic cancer, which is almost always fatal, often in six months or less.

This is the inspiring true story of a son and his mother, who start a “book club” that brings them together as her life comes to a close. Over the next two years, Will and Mary Anne carry on conversations that are both wide-ranging and deeply personal, prompted by an eclectic array of books and a shared passion for reading. Their list jumps from classic to popular, from poetry to mysteries, from fantastic to spiritual. The issues they discuss include questions of faith and courage as well as everyday topics such as expressing gratitude and learning to listen. Throughout, they are constantly reminded of the power of books to comfort us, astonish us, teach us, and tell us what we need to do with our lives and in the world. Reading isn’t the opposite of doing; it’s the opposite of dying.

Will and Mary Anne share their hopes and concerns with each other—and rediscover their lives—through their favorite books. When they read, they aren’t a sick person and a well person, but a mother and a son taking a journey together. The result is a profoundly moving tale of loss that is also a joyful, and often humorous, celebration of life: Will’s love letter to his mother, and theirs to the printed page. 


This eBook edition includes a Reading Group Guide. 

 

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 October 2, 2012 by Vintage. 354 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Self Help, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, Professional & Technical, Religion & Spirituality, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction
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NY Times

Below average
Reviewed by CHRISTOPHER R. BEHA on Jan 04 2013

Discretion and familial loyalty are fine characteristics, and it may be one more tribute to Mary Anne ­Schwalbe to say that her son displays them in excess. But these are not qualities that make for a scintillating memoir.

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Toronto Star

Below average
Reviewed by Linda Diebel on Nov 02 2012

An obsessed bookworm, I found Schwalbe’s work somewhat short on the kinds of detail and insight I expected to learn from the chosen books — and therefore, overall disappointing.

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Entertainment Weekly

Excellent
Reviewed by Tina Jordan on Sep 28 2012

The End of Your Life Book Club is a graceful, affecting testament to a mother and a life well lived.

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Reviewed by Dani Shapiro

...a gentle, searingly moving memoir, at once a love letter and a generous, incisive set of instructions not about how to die but about how to live.

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Santa Barbara Independent

Excellent
Reviewed by Clarissa Coburn on Jul 31 2012

...sad without being depressing, and deeply inspirational on a personal level to every imaginable reader.

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Good
Reviewed by Angela Crocombe on Oct 01 2012

This is a profoundly beautiful and moving book that, without sentimentality or false emotion, reminds us of the importance of family and making a difference in our lives

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Good
Reviewed by Heather on Nov 13 2012

I liked Will Schwalbe’s writing style and the format of the book

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