The End of Your Life Book Club
An inspiring memoir for fans of Joan Didion, Annie Lamott, and Mitch Albom, The End of Your Life Book Club is a beautiful celebration of literature and a profound testament to the ways we remember our loved ones.
Mary Anne Schwalbe was a renowned educator who filled such august positions as Director of Admissions at Harvard and Director of College Counseling at New York's prestigious Dalton School. She also felt it incumbent upon herself to educate the less fortunate and spent the last 10 years of her life building libraries in Afghanistan. But her story here begins with a mocha, dispensed from a machine in the waiting room of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Over coffee, Will casually asks his mom what she's been reading. The conversation they have grows into tradition: soon they mutually agree to read the same books and share them together as Mary Anne waits for her chemotherapy treatments. Their discussions reveal how books become increasingly important to the connection between a remarkable woman whose life is coming to a close, and a man becoming closer to his mom than ever before.
"[A] touching account of the life of letters Schwalbe shared with his inspiring mother.... Extraordinary."
"A graceful, affecting testament to a mother and a life well lived."
—Entertainment Weekly (Grade: A)
"A tender, beautiful, life-affirming book that all book lovers will embrace."
—Vincent Lam, author of The Headmaster's Wager
"With a refreshing forthrightness and an excellent list of books included, this is an astonishing, pertinent and wonderfully welcome work."
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)