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5.0 out of 5 stars Taking part in the human conversation, 9 Nov. 2012
This review is from: The End of Your Life Book Club (Hardcover)
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The book club of this memoir's title was one consisting of only two members, Will Schwalbe and his mother Mary Ann, and it met during the chemotherapy sessions for her terminal cancer. The first book Will and Mary Ann read is Wallace Stegner's "Crossing to Safety", Will writes: 'That weekend I started it, and then at about page twenty or so, the magical thing occurred that happens only with the very best books: I became absorbed and obsessed and entered the "Can't you see I'm reading?" mode.' This describes perfectly the effect "The End of Your Life Book Club" had on me: I picked it up and by the end of the day had finished it, having been engrossed and stimulated throughout.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves books and the question 'What are you reading?'. All the books Will and his mother discuss are listed in an appendix which I will certainly consult in the future. As well as a paean to reading, "The End of Your Life Book Club" is also a vivid portrait of Mary Ann and her crusading life. I was worried, before reading, that this would turn out to be a mawkish or overly sentimental book, but instead it is a clear-eyed, often funny, memorial to a wonderful woman.
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