"What are you reading?" Will asked his mother this question as they waited for her chemo treatment at Sloan Kettering in New York. Thus began an informal book club. They shared books, asked questions, and were 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. (cover blurb)
Mary Anne Schwalbe was an amazing woman, who even in dying, showed grace and concern for so many. Her humanitarian efforts for refugees, and her work for education in Afghanistan was astounding. And her strength while dying helped her son, Will, look at the world differently.
He has written a powerful memoir and captured treasured memories in books. This is not maudlin. The books and subsequent discussions are thought-provoking. Did I cry at the end? Well, yes. I cared a lot about Will's mother and admired her common sense, her energy, her passion, and her grace.
P. 103 Of course, we are all dying and none of us knows the hour...And there's a world of difference between knowing you could die in the next two years and knowing that you almost certainly will.
The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe reinforces the message that books matter.
Joanne Faries, originally from the Philadelphia area, lives in Texas with her husband Ray. She considers herself fortunate to be able to pursue a writing career after eons in the business world. Joanne enjoys reading and movies, and is the film critic for the Little Paper of San Saba.