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First Edition! "The End of Your Life Book Club" by Will Schwalbe July Meetup

Gerty has July's selection and she has picked something that has been on the bestseller list for some time.  "The End of Your Life Book Club", by Will Schwalbe. As usual I've ripped the synopsis from Amazon below.  Question; Shall we meet on the second Saturday in July due to the Fourth of July holiday weekend? July 13th?  Be prepared to have an opoinion on this and we will discuss it at an earlier meeting.

"The End of Your Life Book Club;

“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.


Sounds like good reading to me!  I look forward to seeing you there!

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  • Julianne

    The LBC has already read many of the titles mentioned in End of Your Life Book Club and I was going to add one for September. Btw, the meeting will be on the 6th.

    June 18, 2013

  • Gerty B

    Gerty's comment: If we meet on the 13th it would need to be in the afternoon because of the other group that meets in the morning. I would prefer to stick with July 6.

    June 18, 2013

  • Jill White R.

    I can make either meeting on July 6th or the 13th.

    June 18, 2013

  • Jill White R.

    There's been a side discussion in Goodreads about adding some of the books mentioned by Will Schwalbe to our own book club readings. The entire list mentioned in the book is listed in the appendix. Might I suggest that everyone make their own list of the books (from his list) that interest you. I think discussing which books to read could take up an entire meeting. Thoughts?

    June 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Loved this book!

    1 · June 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just can't make this one!

    June 12, 2013

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