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The End of Your Life Book Club - Will Schwalbe
The End of Your Life Book Club
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“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... show more
“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. 
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780307594037 (0307594033)
Publisher: Knopf
Pages no: 336
Edition language: English
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EpicFehlReader
EpicFehlReader rated it
During her treatment for cancer, Mary Anne Schwalbe and her son Will spent many hours sitting in waiting rooms together. To pass the time, they would talk about the books they were reading. Once, by chance, they read the same book at the same time—and an informal book club of two was born. Through t...
Momster Bookworm
Momster Bookworm rated it
5.0 The End of Your Life Book Club
This is a difficult non-fiction book to review, and some parts were a little difficult to read (about) also. The title says it all. The story -- a mother, diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and her son, who begin a book club of sorts, in which they recommend books to each other, and talk about them du...
teaandbooks
teaandbooks rated it
2.0 The End of Your Life Book Club
Honestly, the book wasn't very good. I had incredibly high hopes after I read the introduction, where the author laid out how the book came to be--his mother's cancer and the mini-book club they created around it. I thought the book was unbearably uneven and needed better editing.The book follows th...
Lit Lovers Lane
Lit Lovers Lane rated it
4.0 The End of Your Life Book Club
So, for her birthday, I gave a dear friend The Fault in Our Stars, which as many of you know deals with a teenager diagnosed with terminal cancer. Now, I don’t know if she was trying to send me a subtle message, but for Christmas, Birgit seemed to fire back. Kind of like a poker play – I’ll see your...
Wanda's Book Reviews
Wanda's Book Reviews rated it
4.0 The End of Your Life Book Club
When I heard Will Schwalbe interviewed about this book on CBC radio, I scribbled down the title and decided that I must read it. He and his mother decide to be a book club of two and spend her final months of cancer treatment reading and discussing their selections. Books were an important part of...
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