As its title suggests, these discussions are the ostensible subject of Will Schwalbe's memoir, “The End of Your Life Book Club.” But just as the. An Entertainment Weekly and BookPage Best Book of the Year During her treatment for cancer, Mary Anne Schwalbe and her son Will spent many hours sitting. The questions, discussion topics, and reading list that follow are intended to enhance your reading group's discussion of The End of Your Life Book Club, the .
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The End of Your Life Book Club book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. The inspiring story of a son and his dying mother. The End of Your Life Book Club [Will Schwalbe] on echecs16.info *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. An Entertainment Weekly and BookPage Best Book of. Mary Anne Schwalbe is waiting for her chemotherapy treatments when Will casually asks her what she's reading. The conversation they have grows into a.
I wish I wasn't familiar with many of the drugs and their side affects, 4 FU 5 FU in the book , we had a nickname for that one , steroids, Ritalin, and lots of Imodium to name a few, as well as the frequent blood work, chemo rooms, surgery for ports, PET scans every three months and the waiting and pr. I wish I wasn't familiar with many of the drugs and their side affects, 4 FU 5 FU in the book , we had a nickname for that one , steroids, Ritalin, and lots of Imodium to name a few, as well as the frequent blood work, chemo rooms, surgery for ports, PET scans every three months and the waiting and praying that the results would bring good news only to end with becoming familiar with hospice. I am not writing this for sympathy as I know there are many of us caregivers out there who have lost loved ones, but more to just put the book behind me. I admit the book referenced some great prayers and poems as well as some wonderful books I have put on my to-read shelf, but on the whole, for me , the book just brought back too many sad memories and I am sorry I read it. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.
I wish I had known Mary Anne Schwalbe. Former director of admissions at Harvard, head of a prestigious New York prep school, tireless activist for refugees across the globe, devout Christian, feminist, wife, mother, and book lover, this small speck of a woman loomed large in countless ways.
But now, thanks to her son, Will, in a way I do know her.
Mary Anne and her husband, Douglas, an agent for classical musicians, read voraciously. Young Will followed suit, devouring books about Paul Revere and Alistair MacLean thrillers, and eventually rising to the chair of editor-in-chief at Hyperion.
In the summer of , Mary Anne returned home to New York from yet another trip abroad — she was a frequent visitor to refugee camps in Asia and Africa — to find herself weakened by hepatitis.
Then the trap door opened — a terminal diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, with a life expectancy of three to five months. Talking about novels proved a springboard to talking about everything.
Mary Anne elevated kindness and gratitude to cardinal virtues. She believed in warm smiles, prompt thank-you notes, easy conversation with strangers. She felt blessed that she could afford first-rate cancer care and worried about sick people without health insurance. What do you think it means?
Throughout the book, Will talks about books as symbols and sources of hope. How has reading books served a similar function for you? Did she or Will make any of the third type?
So you must think, What is the Lord asking of me in this moment, in this situation? What did it mean to Will?
How does religious belief help Mary Anne? How do you think it might have helped Will?
Does she ever come to think of herself as brave? The emphasis for her was always on doing what needed to be done.
I had to learn this lesson while she was still there to teach me. What makes you think so?
But if you do, you must do more than pray for it; you must work for it. Do you think Will found solace in this passage? Several times in the book, Will talks about eBooks versus their physical counterparts.
Why does he prefer one to the other? Does Mary Anne agree?