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

  • Feb 18, 2014 · 7:00 PM
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About the book:

The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe

"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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We have chosen books through the month of February, and it is once again time to nominate. We’ll vote at February's book club discussion for the next Six months of books.

For the new folk in the group, here’s how things work. I post a thread on the Message Board. Members nominate a book by including the title, author, price, and brief synopsis of the book on said thread. I compile the nominations, bring ballots, and those who attend the discussion are invited to vote. For this next vote, we’ll be deciding what to read in March, April, May, June, July and August. 

You can nominate whatever novel suits you. It can be something you’ve read or something new. All are invited to nominate. Please try to limit your nominations to 3 books per person.


A $1 contribution is strongly suggested and greatly appreciated to assist the organizer with costs related to A Novel Bunch.


We always go to a restaurant to dine after the discussion so plan to join us for this.

This is a popular group that usually has a waiting list. If you RSVP that you’re coming to the month’s book discussion, please do come (and read the book). If a member R.S.V.P.s, "yes" and doesn't show up without explanation, that member will be removed from the group.

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  • Donna

    Great discussion.

    February 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry everyone but I'm not feeling well. Loved the book!

    February 18, 2014

  • Ruth R.

    I will be away on a business trip.

    January 22, 2014

  • Lisa

    We will be eating at Trio after the discussion. Please take a minute to update your RSVP if you find you can't make it this week. Look forward to seeing everyone next week!

    February 12, 2014

    • Zoe G.

      Hi Lisa, I can't make the book club this time. Hopefully in March

      February 13, 2014

  • Betty G.

    I'm sorry to miss my first discussion. I will be out of town. However, I am reading the book and will look forward to the March group.

    February 12, 2014

  • bianca

    I will be out of town. See you next time.

    February 10, 2014

  • Sharon K.

    I'm off the wait list!!!!! Can't wait.

    January 29, 2014

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