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The End of Your Life Book Club - review - Will Schwalbe

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SHELF LIFE This memoir about reading novels about life and death is touching and heartfelt

The End of Your Life Book Club

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Will Schwalbe
publisher:
Knopf
genre:
Nonfiction, Memoir

We gave it an A

It was a book club with just two members: Will Schwalbe and his mother, Mary Anne, who was dying of pancreatic cancer. The pair whiled away dreary hours at chemo by reading everything from Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead to Wallace Stegner’s Crossing to Safety. Their peppery debates were not only about the novels but life and especially death, as Mary Anne bluntly faced her diagnosis — and gently helped her son to as well. The End of Your Life Book Club is a graceful, affecting testament to a mother and a life well lived. A