The End of Your Life Book Club

An Entertainment Weekly and BookPage Best Book of the YearDuring her treatment for cancer, Mary Anne Schwalbe and her son Will spent many hours sitting in waiting rooms together To pass the time, they would talk about the books they were reading Once, by chance, they read the same book at the same time and an informal book club of two was born Through their wide rangingAn Entertainment Weekly and BookPage Best Book of the YearDuring her treatment for cancer, Mary Anne Schwalbe and her son Will spent many hours sitting in waiting rooms together To pass the time, they would talk about the books they were reading Once, by chance, they read the same book at the same time and an informal book club of two was born Through their wide ranging reading, Will and Mary Anne and we, their fellow readers are reminded how books can be comforting, astonishing, and illuminating, changing the way that we feel about and interact with the world around us A profoundly moving memoir of caregiving, mourning, and love The End of Your Life Book Club is also about the joy of reading, and the ways that joy is multiplied when we share it with others.
The End of Your Life Book Club An Entertainment Weekly and BookPage Best Book of the YearDuring her treatment for cancer Mary Anne Schwalbe and her son Will spent many hours sitting in waiting rooms together To pass the time they

  • Title: The End of Your Life Book Club
  • Author: Will Schwalbe
  • ISBN: 9780307739780
  • Page: 138
  • Format: Paperback
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    About the Author

    Will Schwalbe

    Greetings Since we are both here, I m guessing you are probably a fellow book lover Always great to meet other members of the tribe I ve put a lot about myself in my books, but here are some of the basics I was born in New York in 1962 grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts went to boarding school in New Hampshire, and to college in New Haven, Connecticut So I consider myself a New Englander, even though I m not one by birth I ve worked as a journalist, in the television business, and even briefly, in college as a substitute teacher But I ve spent most of my life in publishing at William Morrow, and then at Hyperion, where I was Editor in Chief In January 2008, I left Hyperion to found a startup called Cookstr and ran that for six years It s now part of Macmillan Publishers, where I ve worked since 2014.Books have been the constant in my life From those my mother read me when I was too young to read, to those father read us when we could read but still liked to be read to From books I read under the covers, long after I was supposed to be asleep including every single thriller by the magnificent Alistair Maclean to books that I found in my teens that helped me imagine all different kinds of lives, and see the world through others eyes.I ve written three books The first SEND Why People Email So Badly and How to Do it Better was written with my friend David Shipley The second, THE END OF YOUR LIFE BOOK CLUB, is about the books I read with my mother when she was dying And the third is BOOKS FOR LIVING, about the role books can play in our lives and how they can show us how to live each day fully and with meaning.I live in New York City with my husband We ve been together since way back when I first moved to Hong Kong in 1984 We have one African violet, that s a bit lopsided books everywhere and are obsessed with our neighbor s adorable dog, Oliver, a Havanese We also have five godchildren, one niece, and four nephews.I love meeting fellow readers and hearing from readers about all different kinds of book I answer everyone, though sometimes it can take me a bit of time My favorite question to ask or be asked is a simple one What are you reading

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    • Elyse said:
      Oct 18, 2018 - 16:40 PM

      Update: I read this book when it was first released. I paid full price - bought the hard copy and still own it and have referred to the glossary in the back of the book many times. I have also - since reading this book bought AT LEAST a DOZEN copies .or more ( Not at full price) but in perfect condition to give to close friends heck -- I've sent the book to a few people on this site. I LOVE this book - I adore Will ( the author) And Ive known Will had been writing a new book about BOOKS for a co [...]

    • Nancy Kennedy said:
      Oct 18, 2018 - 16:40 PM

      Will Schwalbe began accompanying his mother to chemo treatments for her pancreatic cancer at Sloan Kettering. To pass the time, Mr. Shwalbe asks his mother, "What are you reading?"Fortunately, Mr. Schwalbe and his mother had always shared a love of reading and enjoyed spirited conversations about their favorite books. While the endless chemo treatments proceed, and his mother's disease progresses, the two make their way through books of all kinds, from the popular (The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Ag [...]

    • Claire said:
      Oct 18, 2018 - 16:40 PM

      I truly wanted to enjoy this book. I read this book for a book club and at first I thought it was a good choice. It sounded like something I would really want to sink my teeth into, however, I just did not find it interesting. It is appalling that I was 90% of the way through and telling myself, don't worry, she must die soon and it will all be over (I feel like a terrible person). I appreciate that Will Schwalbe's mother appears to have been a woman who championed many valuable causes and did g [...]

    • Holly said:
      Oct 18, 2018 - 16:40 PM

      The book discussions were cursory, at best. I hadn't intended to find myself reading a memoir of a parent's pancreatic cancer; call me oversensitive (and a sucker), but books like this make me FURIOUS! The author seems like a nice man and all, but what exactly is the draw for readers? It's his personal memoir and story of his mother, and it's actually really, really boring. The book club-thing is a gimmick - Schwalbe works in publishing, after all (i.e he had connections and help getting it publ [...]

    • Eric said:
      Oct 18, 2018 - 16:40 PM

      A beautiful book about the connection through books a mother and son were able to make it the years leading up to her death from pancreatic cancer. I lost my mother to cancer six years ago, and I really envy how Will and his mother Mary Ann were able to find a common language to discuss the questions of life, death, and the possibility of the hereafter.I wish my mother and I had had that common language. And I wish my stepfather, through his own bitterness and lashing out, hadn't poisoned my pro [...]

    • Diane said:
      Oct 18, 2018 - 16:40 PM

      "Reading isn't the opposite of doing; it's the opposite of dying."This is an amazing memoir. Mary Anne Schwalbe was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2007, and she and her son spend time sharing books and holding informal book club chats, partly because they were both avid readers and partly to take Mary Anne's mind off of her illness. So it's a book about books, but it's also about the lessons Will learned from his mom. I would recommend this book to any book lovers, but also to those who are [...]

    • Nicole said:
      Oct 18, 2018 - 16:40 PM

      There were so many problems with this book. First, the author so worshiped his mother that the reader never got to know the real her. She was on the board of numerous international organizations that help refugees, orphans, and women. She traveled extensively, often coming home quite ill. She seemed to take this as part of her working overseas and refused to take the full course of antibiotics. (The author reports this as if it is heroic rather than foolish.) She also supposedly talks to everyon [...]

    • Teresa Proença said:
      Oct 18, 2018 - 16:40 PM

      Há dias, fui comprar uma coisa (que não devia) e deparei com uma pequena estante com vários livros em promoção (quase ao mesmo preço da coisa "feia"). Este chamou-me a atenção pelo título; comprei-o e comecei a lê-lo pensando tratar-se de um livro sobre livros, que me iria dar a conhecer mais umas quantas maravilhas. Não é um livro sobre livros, apesar de nele haver referências a dezenas de obras literárias. É a história da mãe de Will Schawlbe, desde que lhe é diagnosticado ca [...]

    • Emma said:
      Oct 18, 2018 - 16:40 PM

      3.5 starsA hard one to review as my beloved nanny died of pancreatic cancer last year. I didn't realise this before agreeing to review the book and the parallel experiences made it a challenging read. Especially as her birthday has just gone and there are only three months till the anniversary of her death. She was on my mind even before reading this. Nanny and I never had a book club as such, but we both read a lot and often shared/talked about books. She is intertwined so much with my idea of [...]

    • Alexandrea said:
      Oct 18, 2018 - 16:40 PM

      An absolutely wonderfully written book that is not just the personal experience of Will Schwalbe. This book explores the power of books, reading them, discussing them and intagrating them into our lives and the lives of others. I think we all have an understanding of how important our friends and family are, but this book brings home the importance of letting those people know not just how much you love them, but how proud you are of them or how much you respect them and what they have done or t [...]

    • Tish said:
      Oct 18, 2018 - 16:40 PM

      Rarely do I take the time to write a review for the books I read, but I felt that I owed it to the author (and, most definitely, to his mother) to at least try and type out my thoughts as coherently as possible.This was one of the few select books that captivated me from the very first page. I, undoubtedly like many others, couldn't help but grow attached to Mary Ann Schwalbe, a bibliophile who prefers to start off a book by reading the ending first. She seems to convey the type of woman that ev [...]

    • Tom said:
      Oct 18, 2018 - 16:40 PM

      This book is one hell of a journey; it is not always easy to read. Some parts are hysterically funny, and others are crushingly sad."The End of Your Life Book Club" details the final two years of Mary Ann Schwalbe, who died after battling metastatic pancreatic cancer. In the pantheon of cancers, pancreatic is one of the most deadly, especially once it spreads to other organs, the liver, in Mrs Schwalbe's case. She is a woman unaccustomed to sitting still. She was an educator, a philanthropist, a [...]

    • Mari Anne said:
      Oct 18, 2018 - 16:40 PM

      I started out loving the book and the story behind it who wouldn't love a book about books. The whole idea of his mother dying of cancer didn't worry me as I am very much a realist about things like that. I LOVE to talk about books and I also love to read books where books are either the center of the story or almost another character (i.e. The 13th Tale, The Angels Game, Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Society, The Book Thief, 84 Charing Cross Road. I could go on and on). This one however, [...]

    • Diane said:
      Oct 18, 2018 - 16:40 PM

      A loving tribute to life and to reading. I want to tell everyone I know -- READ THIS BOOK! The book cover's flap has the best word to described this book: profoundly moving, joyful (in spite of loss) and a celebration of life, love and the written word.I'm very fussy about reading non-fiction and more judgmental of non-fiction than fiction; very often I think someone wants to tell a story just to 'hear' themselves 'talk'. But this book was not about that, and easily earned 5* from me.If you do p [...]

    • Megan said:
      Oct 18, 2018 - 16:40 PM

      I don't often give books 2 stars, and I feel pretty heartless doing it for this one. But it deserves it. It maybe deserves 1, but I got some ideas for books to read, so fine. 2 stars. What are the problems with this book? Geez, where do I start? For having been an editor andwriter (?!) Will Schwalbe was desperately in need of somebody to teach him how to write. I am not exaggerating when I say that I could have written this book -- and I really don't say that kind of thing lightly. It was clunky [...]

    • Carol said:
      Oct 18, 2018 - 16:40 PM

      My sincere thanks to Alfred A. Knopf Publishing and Anne Kingman & Michael Kindness of Books on the Nightstand for the advanced reading copy of this book which will be published October 2012.There is so much I'd like to tell you about The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe but this is one of those books you need t read yourself and take away what you will. The title describes what we're about to read aptly as it is Will Schwalbe's story of the bound he and his mother, Mary Ann Schwa [...]

    • Cher said:
      Oct 18, 2018 - 16:40 PM

      This was unfortunately, not what I thought I was signing up for, though it was not without it's merits. I was expecting a story of a mother and son saying good-bye to each other, but with a heavy focus on reads they shared and discussions regarding these books. In reality, there are only tiny snippets about books - rarely was it enough to garner any real interest on my part. So, if like me, you came here looking for a book about books, keep looking.Things I enjoyed: There are many great quotes f [...]

    • Nancy said:
      Oct 18, 2018 - 16:40 PM

      I imagine that a reader's reaction to this book will be determined by their expectations. I wanted it to be a substantive book about books. It was not: it was a lovely memorial to Schwalbe's impressive mother and a tribute to his affection and respect for her. I wanted it to offer illuminating discussion between two people who used books as a therapy during a difficult illness. It did not. I am afraid this is a cynical reaction, but knowing that the author comes from the publishing industry, I f [...]

    • Clarissa said:
      Oct 18, 2018 - 16:40 PM

      Maybe I'm a cold person because I didn't find this book touching, or maybe I have discerning tastes and I can smell when a former publisher called in a favor to a colleague a mile a way. The two members of this book club are Schwalbe and his mother, Mary Ann. Almost from the get-go I felt no bond with these people. Mary Ann was an admissions counselor at Harvard, in addition to holding similar positions at other Ivy League schools in addition to doing all kinds of humanitarian refugee work in al [...]

    • Melki said:
      Oct 18, 2018 - 16:40 PM

      matter where Mom and I were on our individual journeys, we could still share books, and while reading those books , we wouldn't be the sick person and the well person; we would simply be a mother and son entering new worlds together.Welcome to a most unusual book club where each book you read may be the last. The members are the author and his mother Mary Anne, who has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Her disease is treatable, but not cureable. There will be no miracles; the most she can h [...]

    • Eve said:
      Oct 18, 2018 - 16:40 PM

      “We're all in the end-of-your-life book-club, whether we acknowledge it or not; each book we read may well be the last, each conversation the final one.”This is one of the most beautifully written memoirs I have ever read. When Schwalbe’s 73-year-old mother, Mary Anne, is diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer, she determines to continue living her life at the same wistful speed despite grim life expectancy statistics. A retired teacher and active humanitarian, her son graciously introdu [...]

    • ☮Karen said:
      Oct 18, 2018 - 16:40 PM

      I think the most underrated human trait is kindness, a notion reinforced when I hear about people who devote their lives to helping and caring for others. If everyone made an effort to be nice to one another every day well, who knows? What made me interested in The EOYLBC was the idea of a son discussing books with his mother while she is undergoing chemo treatments. What kept me interested was his amazing mother, who seemed to define the meaning of the word kind. In her long life she helped so [...]

    • Carol said:
      Oct 18, 2018 - 16:40 PM

      Let me start out by saying this book was just not for me, and I went into it full knowing I shouldn't be reading it because I basically lived it with a loved one (without the book club, of course). I wish I wasn't familiar with many of the drugs and their side affects, 4 FU (5 FU in the book), we had a nickname for that one, steroids, Ritalin, and lots of Imodium to name a few, as well as the frequent blood work, chemo rooms, surgery for ports, PET scans every three months and the waiting and pr [...]

    • Linda said:
      Oct 18, 2018 - 16:40 PM

      I've had this book for sometime, I put off reading it because it was personal to me. I was afraid of what I would read, afraid of being sad. I was wrong! I loved this book for so many reasons. I was hooked from page one. Who doesn't love a book about books? There's so much more in this book, joy, life lessons, wisdom, an inside look at a family who is faced with a big bump in the road. Life has bumps in the road, some bigger than others. It's the way we choose to handle them that makes all the d [...]

    • Jen said:
      Oct 18, 2018 - 16:40 PM

      This was a fabulous read. I love to read and to be able to share my love of books with others and this was exactly about that and the relationship forged between son and terminally ill mother. It was one of those reads that made me sit back and think, WOW. Not only because of the love of reading they shared, but because this woman was a phenomenal person who changed people's lives, doing whatever she could to make things better. With even things as simple as a smile. This book made me want to do [...]

    • Diane S ☔ said:
      Oct 18, 2018 - 16:40 PM

      A book about a dying woman could be extremely melancholy and I will admit to having teary eyes at various points in this book. Yet, this book is so much more, it is a celebration of a life that was lived well, a life that helped other people, the love of a son for his mother and a love of books, stories and the belief that they can make a huge difference. In this book the author relates exactly how and why books have made such a huge impact on his life, the life of his family and his mother in p [...]

    • Lisa Rathbun said:
      Oct 18, 2018 - 16:40 PM

      The book was all right. It was hard to relate to them. They're in a world far, far different from mine, elite New Yorkers who travel the world, head up relief organizations, and have the kinds of friends who can donate a million dollars for their designated charity group! Reading it, I also felt guilty because most of these books I've not read; as an English major, I want to be more well-read, and I'm disappointed in myself for not staying on the cutting edge of what is popular or well-known. Th [...]

    • Brenda said:
      Oct 18, 2018 - 16:40 PM

      The devastation the Schwalbe family felt when their mother, Mary Anne was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer was intense. But Mary Anne herself was positive. She knew it was terminal – they all did, but she was determined to have the best quality of life and time that she had remaining. She wanted to spend as much time with her family, especially her grandchildren, as she could, and that came about as she ended up having almost two years of life after diagnosis, which meant a lot to everyone.As [...]

    • Ellie said:
      Oct 18, 2018 - 16:40 PM

      I really enjoyed The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe. Given the name, it's no spoiler to say that we are with a son and his terminally ill mother, sharing their time-and their reading-together.I read more and more slowly as I neared the end: I became very fond of Mary Ann Schwalbe and did not want to say good-bye to her or our time together.I grew to admire her tremendously and wish I could have actually met her.I do wish Schwalbe had given more space to the books being discussed but [...]

    • JanB said:
      Oct 18, 2018 - 16:40 PM

      Edited to add:Re-reading this book in March/April 2013 for book club. I was sick and housebound with a husband who was was woking very late so I re-read the entire book on 4/1/13. I enjoyed it just as much as the first time. What a great tribute to books and reading as well as to his mother.5++ stars!!This book will be in my top reads of 2013. While the author’s mother underwent chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer, he and his mother traded books and discussed them, forming a type of “book clu [...]

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