Reading/Writing

The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe

Image“We’re all in the end-of-our-life book club, whether we acknowledge it or not; each book we read may well be the last, each conversation the final one.” 

Mary Anne, an avid reader and humanitarian, receives a death sentence of pancreatic cancer.  To cope, Will, her son, and Mary Anne begin a “book club” that changes their lives forever.  Deep and personal conversations about the eclectic books they chose helps mother and son rediscover their relationship through their love of reading. 

 If this story has a theme, it would be that reading creates a bond between people, allowing us to know one another on a more passionate and intimate level.  “When you encounter another person, when you have dealings with anyone at all, it is as if a question is being put to you.  So you must think, What is the Lord asking of me in this moment, in this situation?” (Gilead by Marilynne Robinson).  Schwalbe’s  heartfelt true story of his experience with his mother is raw, honest, and inspirational.  It is a story that you won’t forget.  

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