JessicaJ, December 20, 2013 (view all comments by JessicaJ)
This is a beautifully written book. So many levels of value:
From the relationship of the parent & adult child, to the dynamics of heir lives that the book covers, to the books they read.
A book to own & re-read again & again.
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jksquires, July 21, 2013 (view all comments by jksquires)
I'm often skeptical of books that are said to be inspirational, but this book is truly inspiring in every sense of the word. The author's mother, Mary Anne, was an incredible woman with a passion for life and lived her life in a manner that helped so many. Both Will and his mom shared a life-long love of books and his time spent with her during the last months of her life sharing books and discussing their impact is a testament to the bond they had. A friend of mine who is a small town library director recommended this volume to me and it's the best book I've read this year--I've read some very good ones--but this is the most important by far.
LC's, January 23, 2013 (view all comments by LC's)
Some one in our book club read this book, we looked at the title and info and really got excited about it. Needless to say this is our next book club choice
by Kirkus Reviews,
"In a heartfelt tribute to his mother, Schwalbe illustrates the power of the written word to expand our knowledge of ourselves and others."
by Booklist (starred),
"This touching and insightful memoir [will] appeal to readers of Tuesdays with Morrie and The Last Lecture, but also to people who love delving into books and book discussions....While it is a story about death, it is mostly a celebration of life and of the way books can enrich it."
by Publishers Weekly (starred),
"With a refreshing forthrightness, and an excellent list of books included, this is an astonishing, pertinent, and wonderfully welcome work."
by Entertainment Weekly,
“A graceful, affecting testament to a mother and a life well lived.”
by The Washington Post,
“Schwalbe...highlights not just how relevant but how integral literature can be to life.”
by Chicago Tribune,
“[This] book is robust with love and laughter.”
by The Boston Globe,
“Not only a son’s heartfelt tribute to [his mother’s] courage and grace but vivid testimony to the enduring power of books to create meaning out of chaos, illuminate values, and connect us with each other.”
by The Plain Dealer,
“A book that is expressly about books, about the purpose and pleasures of books, and the ways they connect us even as we read them as a solitary pursuit....[It’s also] about, in part, the consolations we can find in art, books in particular, as we struggle to face the terrible awareness of our own mortality.”
by The New Yorker,
“An account of growing up in a bookish, artistic family, and a touching portrait of his energetic mother....The [reading] choices that emerge are not a bucket list but an engagingly eclectic mixture of current and vintage, literary and commercial.”
by Rachel Shteir, The New York Times,
“Schwalbe’s enthusiasm turns out to be contagious. As I was reading I found myself scribbling titles on a piece of paper so that I could order the volumes he and his mother cared about. Schwalbe is not just an avid reader, he is also an advocate, a cheerleader, a disciple.”
“Touching and rigorously honest, this memoir is wise about the role reading plays in our lives and deaths.”
An Entertainment Weekly and BookPage Best Book of the Year
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 their wide-ranging reading, Will and Mary Anne — and we, their fellow readers — are reminded how books can be comforting, astonishing, and illuminating, changing the way that we feel about and interact with the world around us. A profoundly moving memoir of caregiving, mourning, and love — The End of Your Life Book Club is also about the joy of reading, and the ways that joy is multiplied when we share it with others.
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