The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe

  • May 4, 2013 · 10:30 AM
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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 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.

 

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13414676-the-end-of-your-life-book-club

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  • Gail Van B.

    Really enjoyed yesterday's discussion; plus new folks - welcome! How is your head today April?

    May 5, 2013

  • Kim S.

    Sorry I had to leave early because the discussion was great! Enjoyed seeing book club regulars and some new faces. Great meetup!

    May 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      lol, as I was going to leave, I banged my head on one of the lights, it went swinging and I fell back down to the seat. Wasn't fun, but was kinda funny.

      May 4, 2013

    • Kim S.

      Oh no! That is definitely memorable though.

      May 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am enjoying the book, the relationships and learning abot new books I might like to read. I do think the mother is a little pretentious eg ALL the charities she is on the boards of, etc.

    May 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I loved my first book club and meet up group. The discussion brought up a lot of different topics and everyone contributed. I like that I've found a serious group of book lovers!

    2 · May 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Running late but omw. Allergies have me way down these days so getting up after I finally fell asleep was tough.

    May 4, 2013

    • Claudia

      Glad you made it. It was nice to meet you

      May 4, 2013

  • Chris

    I did not like, nor finish, the book. However, the discussion was great. The book really provoked a lot of thought, and not about the things you would expect...death, books. More about relationships between people, social status, and work/life choices people make and the consequences of those choices.

    1 · May 4, 2013

  • Faith R.

    So sorry for the late notice but i won't be able to attend. Have a last minute trip out of town . Hope to see you all next time

    May 3, 2013

  • Victoria

    I'm so confused. When I asked to join I also RSVP'd for this book, but I don't see my name on the list of attendees. What did I do wrong?

    May 2, 2013

  • Katrina

    Anyone have a copy I can borrow? I don't think my position has moved at all on the library waitlist.

    April 26, 2013

    • Katrina

      Thanks, Kim. I just checked Loudoun County library and I was able to check it out on my Kindle too. I didn't' realize the process was that simple or I would have looked in to it sooner! :)

      April 29, 2013

    • Kim S.

      Oh good. It was much easier then I thought also. Definitely going to check out other books that way.

      April 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would love to join you but there are no spots left. looking forward to reading the book

    April 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    can't make this one after all.

    April 22, 2013

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