Friday, January 4, 2013

The End of Your Life Book Club

I don't read nonfiction very often. I'm not sure why but I think I just like a made-up story that helps me escape. But, the title of this book caught my attention so I downloaded a sample of it and before I knew it, I was hooked so bought it.

And loved it! When Will Schwalbe's mother is diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, she and Will begin their bookclub...of just two people. Will accompanies his mom to her chemo treatments and that's where they discuss the books they've both read.

This book is rich in Will's love and admiration for his mother. They use the happenings and themes of their shared books to talk about life and death.

I was familiar with some of the books but hadn't read many of them. That didn't make any difference, though. The book reads like a novel and kept my attention. I thought of my own mom and how we read many of the same books and I remember sitting up all one night reading to her (a Danielle Steele novel, of all things!) when she was having trouble sleeping just after her cancer operation and in the middle of her chemo.

It isn't a sad book, though. His mother's life was so interesting and Will manages to celebrate all she did.

Books....Death....Life....Love. Everything to make a good story!


Michele said...

I am reviewing my reading trends in 2013 and this looks a good start!

Anonymous said...

Great blog. I enjoyed it.