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August Book Discussion - The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe

  • Aug 10, 2013 · 2:00 PM
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We will read The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe for our August book.

The description:

“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. =================


We usually chat for the first 15-20 minutes before beginning any discussion about the book.

See you there!


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  • Connie

    So I finished the book lol was a bit of a read but got it done :) It was great to meet everyone & look forward to the next meetup

    August 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My first book club meet up! I didn't know what to expect, but we didn't discuss the book as much as I thought we would. Which was ok since I didn't get past the second chapter!

    August 10, 2013

  • Violet R.

    Sorry guys. It looks like this is going to take much longer than I thought so I am afraid I won't make it. Have a great day and see you next month.

    August 10, 2013

  • Jackie B

    Running about 10 minutes late, see you all soon!

    August 10, 2013

  • Violet R.

    I will be running behind. Should be there by 2:30. See you then. :)

    August 10, 2013

  • Jackie B

    Lets try Brewsters this time. See you there!

    August 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just can't wait to b involved in something other then work. And I love to read

    July 28, 2013

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