The End of Your Life Book Club

The End of Your Life Book Club

by Will Schwalbe
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has so much to it. A close mother-son relationship that grows closer through her terminal illness. A glimpse into an inspiring woman's life. Intelligent discussion on a variety of great books. Values to share with your children. It gives you much to ponder and leaves me wanting to contribute to life. Reminds you that a smile and sincere interest in others can do wonders. What a special woman and family. I may not know them in person, but i know them and my life is richer for that.
RebeccaScaglione More than 1 year ago
I'm participating in The End of Your Life Book Club discussion hosted by Jen at Devourer of Books, who was also giving the book away for this discussion! Also participating are a few of my favs, Between the Covers, Books Speak Volumes, and The Relentless Reader. Anyway, since I'm going to be talking about the book in length on Devourer of Books, I'll keep my thoughts here short. The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe is a memoir of the time that the author, Will, spent with his mother after she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Knowing she only had a few months to a few years to live, Will was determined to make the most of his time with his mom. They spent the doctor's appointments, chemotherapy treatments, etc., discussing books in their own tiny book club of two people. Through the book club and following discussions, Will was able to find out more about his mom, things he never knew previously. Short notes on The End of Your Life Book Club: The appendix has a full list of the many, many books talked about in this memoir, thus adding to my already-long to-read list. The book started out a little slow for me, but picked up. Definitely is a slower read, not one I rushed through, but worth it. Should you read it? Yes, there are great lessons in the book, including just taking the time to help those in need, and taking the time to appreciate what you're lucky enough to have. What book have you read that makes you appreciate you life? Thanks for reading, Rebecca @ Love at First Book
MS126 More than 1 year ago
Reading is one of my favorite things, but because of my busy life I don't have the opportunity to read as often as I'd like. Most days, I read on the bus on my way to & from work. I’d loved Mr. Schwalbe’s book & found it a treat to be with two individuals who love to read. I thought it might be too sad because of Mrs. Schwalbe’s health, as I know the worry, stress, & anxiety of living & caring for a loved one dying from cancer. I could not put the book down and was annoyed when I had to close it because I had arrived at my destination. I highly recommend The End of Your Life Book Club. The triumph of the human spirit and the joy of living came through beautifully. I just purchased Daily Strength for Daily Needs because of the comfort it gave to Mrs. Schwalbe.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just a really great book!! If you like to read, you will enjoy this book. In the back of the book, there is a list of all the books mentioned in the true story. What a remarkable family. A Good Read!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite books. In fact, I am buying copies for Christmas gifts. It deeply touched me as well as putting what is important in perspective.
Jan-Housebookreader More than 1 year ago
Having just lost my own mother this year, it was with some reluctance I started reading this book. I'm so glad I did and became acquainted with Will and Mary Anne. They read many of the same books you and I did and I loved reading their take on them! A son and his mother decided to discuss books they picked to read together while the mom was receiving chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer. Instead of focusing on her ordeal, they talked about the books and characters, their motives and passions, meanwhile discovering a wealth of information about each other and becoming closer emotionally and intellectually. I was hooked from the first page and could hardly put this one down!
Heidi_G More than 1 year ago
Warm and heartfelt, the book just didn't grab my attention. I appreciate the effort but the prose travelled too slowly for me.
473na More than 1 year ago
Ultimately this is the story of a young man and his mother reconnecting once she becomes seriously ill. However, I'd forgotten about all the great books there are out there with both serious and light subject matter. This book made me recall those books as well as gave me names of new ones that I'd like to try.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The End of Your Life Book Club is a lovely homage to the many, many pleasures of reading; some terrific books from recent years and those long gone; and a woman who sounds like someone one would have been fortunate to have met let alone know well. Anyone who has endured the long loss of someone they love who has had a fatal illness may recognize some of the truths this book's author captures, and the author's commitment to honesty in this regard is refreshing. The book is also a celebration of a strong mother-son bond, and the author's brief but frank discussion of how we collectively still seem largely uncomfortable with strong mother-son bonds is spot-on. More than anything, this book is an articulation of why books and reading them matters: because books can introduce to other people and their worlds and in so doing deepen our perspective and capacity to connect.
Barbaraketubah More than 1 year ago
The title caught my eye when I was looking for a new book to read. It kind of gives the reader a different perspective on how to feel a little more comfortable(if that's at all possible)around a friend or family member or even a passing acquaintance who is in the midst of a terminal illness.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had high hopes, but could not get past the in your face politics. After 100 pages I grew tired of the recaps of each book they read & how it may or may not have been tied to their lives. Please save your self & pass on this book!!!!
love_d More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. As an avid reader, I was interested in the books chosen by the author and his mother while she was battleing pancreatic cancer. Some I have also enjoyed, and I have a whole new list of books to read. The story is touching in its description of family dynamics during the end of life, and how there is a lot of life to live while dying. I highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Will Schwalbe's experience of connecting with his mother through literature. I have read many of the same books, so it felt as though I was also part of their book club. It was not a sad book, but rather encouraging as his mother continued to live her life on her own terms throughout her illness.
DeannaH More than 1 year ago
I ventured away from my usual reading ... John Grisham, James Patterson, Michael Connelly,Janet Evanovich, Robert Crais, etc. because a friend recommended this ... and enjoyed the change of pace. It's a heart-warming story of sharing and closeness and that special mother-son relationship that I cherish myself. There is much joy and sadness and reality as mother approaches the end of her life. Her son is fortunate to have traveled through it with her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An interesting book that put a different view on a difficult time in any family's life. I found it uplifting and worth the read. I was glad that there was a list of books they read at the end of the book. Some that were presented peaked interest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the way the author and his mother find a special bond over books. I remember thinking as I was reading that I hope one day my boys will know me as the author knows his mom and find a special bond .
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Heartwarming, sad, and thought povoking. I have recommended this.
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Although the book is set at and focuses on the end of his mother's life, it is really about the totality of her life and in some ways a guide to all of us about how to make each day full of meaning.