[]
[]
While the South Whatcom Library facility is closed, WCLS staff will make holds available during regular library hours in the lobby next to the YMCA. Storytimes will be held, when possible, in the Multipurpose Room at the Community Center. For updates, check wcls.org.
Have you tried Freegal yet? Five MP3 music downloads per week with your library card!

The End of your Life Book Club

Schwalbe, Will (Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The End of your Life Book Club
 Add a Comment  Add Tags

Print

Item Details

The inspiring story of a son and his dying mother, who form a "book club" that brings them together as her life comes to a close.
Authors: Schwalbe, Will
Title: The end of your life book club
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: [ix], 336 p. ; 21 cm
Notes: "This is a Borzoi book"--T.p. verso
Contents: Crossing to safety
Appointment in Samarra
Seventy verses on emptiness
Marjorie morningstar
The hobbit
Daily strength for daily needs
The people of the book
I am sorrow
The uncommon reader
The lizard cage
Frat farrar
Continental drift
The painted veil
Murder in the cathedral
Wherever you go, there you are
Kokoro
The price of salt
The reluctant fundamentalist
The year of magical thinking
Olive Kitteridge
Girls like us
Suite francaise
The bite of the mango
The elegance of the hedgehog
The girl with the dragon tattoo
Brooklyn
My father's tears
Too much happiness
Summary: The inspiring story of a son and his dying mother, who form a "book club" that brings them together as her life comes to a close.
Awards & Distinctions: Reading Group Books 2013
ISBN: 0307739783
9780307739780
0307594033
9780307594037
Branch Call Number: 616.994 SCHWALBE
Statement of Responsibility: Will Schwalbe
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references
Subject Headings: Cancer Patients Family relationships United States Cancer Patients United States Biography Educators United States Biography Schwalbe, Will Books and reading Schwalbe, Mary Anne Family
Topical Term: Cancer
Cancer
Educators
LCCN: 2012018989
MARC Display»

Opinion

From Library Staff

When Schwalbe’s mother Mary Anne is diagnosed with a rare and always fatal form of pancreatic cancer, he finds himself struggling for ways to have meaningful conversation in the interminable waiting rooms. One day, he asks the question “what are you reading?” and it unlocks the door to wide-rang... Read More »

Inspirational Memoir Award


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

Aug 28, 2014
  • SallyMac_84 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I loved this book. Beautifully written. A fitting tribute to books, as well as the author's extraordinary mother.

Jul 23, 2014
  • Clara_Hoover rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is probably the best book I've read in many months and was also the discussion topic for my book club. We could have talked for hours. The book is a tribute to the author's mother. It's the story of her two-year battle with pancreatic cancer. It's the story of the author and his mother reading together and discussing books throughout this time, especially during the hours when she's in chemotherapy. There's so much good food for thought here, and it's wonderful the way the books prompt both conversation and thought.

This is a gem of a book for fiction lovers and a life-lesson on using time, what we have left of it, brilliantly. Read it if you want to know a lovely and wise woman and if you love books, especially fiction.

Jul 12, 2014
  • soozietrav rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

As I was reading this book I kept thinking of how amazing it could have been in the hands of a real writer. I got bored with his depiction of her and skipped alot of the book after page 50. Disappointing in that the author seems too blindly devoted to his mother to make her more than a one dimensional perfect martyr of a real being---you never get a sense of who she really is. His writing actually has her come across as pretentious and insincere, qualities I'm certain were far from his intent to convey. Aside from not connecting with the story ( although I have years of experience in end-of-life care), the book recommendations were solid and their voracious love of books is certainly commendable.

Mar 31, 2014
  • Liber_vermis rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

An incredible memoir of the last two years of the life of a woman who achieved so many things. Was it cruelly ironic that her final accomplishment was a library in Kabul, Afghanistan, where book clubs may not be widely tolerated? Most readers will not be able to put this memoir down until finished!

Feb 09, 2014
  • KateHillier rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

As others have said, this is a hard book to rate because of the personal subject matter. It's also mostly a son transcribing and sharing the words of his mother. She is an admirable woman and her good work is given its moments but the book is mostly about a mother and a son's relationship with books and with each other. It's also about our own relationships with books and how that helps us relate to others, known and unknown

Nov 01, 2013
  • modestgoddess rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I've been recommending this to everyone too. Think the mother is definitely Type A - she gets so much done, even while terminally ill! Love her deep and powerful faith and the way it colours everything she does. Definitely uplifting and enjoyable. Unfortunately my holds list at the library just got a lot longer....So many books, so little time!

Oct 12, 2013
  • ser_library rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

i would have liked more info on the books discussed and less on the activities and meals of the family.

Sep 09, 2013
  • zedea rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

How books bring people together...in the most unusual circumstances. A mother and son get even closer through the passages of "the end of your life book club" Very enlightening!

Aug 18, 2013
  • mpfickes rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

By the time I finished it, my copy was festooned with yellow post-it notes, flapping like flags to remind me of authors to explore, books to find, and quotes to note or share with others. In writing his mother's end of life journey through an account of the many books they read together in a 2-person "book club," Will Schwalbe memorializes his extraordinary mother and the life lessons she shared, often writ large in the literature relished by a family of indefatigable readers.

View All Comments

Age

Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add a Notice

There are no notices for this title yet.

Quotes

Add a Quote

Page 128 -
" I realized then that for all of us, part of the process of Mom's dying was mourning not just her death but also the death of our dreams of things to come. You don't really lose the person who has been; you have all those memories. ..... I was learning that when you're with someone who is dying, you may need to celebrate the past, live the present, and mourn the future all at the same time."

Jan 04, 2013
  • becker rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

“One of the many things I love about bound books is their sheer physicality. Electronic books live out of sight and out of mind. But printed books have body, presence. ... I often seek electronic books, but they never come after me. They may make me feel, but I can't feel them. They are all soul with no flesh, no texture, and no weight.”

Videos

Add a Video

Jan 04, 2013
  • becker rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

End of Your Life Book Club

Find it at WCLS

  Loading...

Powered by BiblioCommons.
app04 Version Borgsjo Last updated 2014/10/29 13:43