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The End of Your Life Book Club – Will Schwalbe

I rarely pick books about books, or books about dying.  But right after my mother-in-law was diagnosed with a terminal disease, I came across this one, and it said to me “Read me now!” I am one of those that think that books choose you as much as you choose them.  This one came into my life just at the right time.

The background story is about Mary Anne Schwalbe who has been diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer.  Will, her son, vows to be as supportive to his mom as he can. Will realizes that the best way he can help his mom, engage her, and open up the lines of communication is to talk about their shared passion: books.

So he and Mary begin sharing books, and every time the two see each other, they discuss the books they read. In the process, Mary begins to reveal more and more about not only her vast experiences, but also her emotions and her fears.

So while “The End of Your Life Book Club” is about books, it’s really the story of an amazing woman (and amazing she is, as you will discover), and also the story of a mother and son recommitting to their relationship through a shared passion.

I had read only a few of the books that Will and Mary discussed, but that did not detract me from the pleasure of reading this book.  If anything, it has caused me to add a few more titles to my ever-growing list. 

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