If you are a book lover, I heartily recommend reading or listening to this wonderful book. While the title of this book might be off-putting to some, The End of Your Life Book Club is really a a moving tribute to the author’s amazing mother, their relationship, and their mutual affection for books. The mother, Mary Anne Schwalbe, founder of the Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and Children, is diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer, and her son, Will, then editor in chief at Hyperion publishing house, is set to keep her company during the long chemotherapy treatments. Mother and son decide to form a book club of two where they will share new titles and books they’ve always wanted the other to read. As Schwalbe says in an interview about the book, “the books you love form a portrait of you” and both mother and son want to leave a lasting impression on the other. The books they read and discussed throughout the memoir are described in a way that makes me want to read more than a few of the titles. Ultimately, this book is about the enduring bond between mother and child, a shared love of reading, and how to live as you are dying. While this book ends in her death, it is in the living & loving that Mary Anne Schwalbe did that comes across in this gem of a book!
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