Monday, January 19, 2015

What I've Read: The End of Your Life Book Club

The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe is not something I would normally pick up on my own. I discovered this book through my library's blog which you can read here. I say this because while I'm okay with reading depressing stories, the depressing stories tend to be fiction, and this was not. This book was written in memory of the author's mother, who passed away from pancreatic cancer. The mother, Mary Anne, and son always read together, but in the months leading up to Mary Ann's death, they read so many books together, discussing every one during her chemotherapy treatments. Mary Anne led a wonderful and full life, going on many humanitarian trips to assist refugee women and children around the world. She was actually diagnosed right after she returned from a trip to Afghanistan. Even in her last few months Mary Anne stayed positive and continued checking on her humanitarian work, helping establish a library in Afghanistan. She encouraged her son Will to write a blog about her and their book club, which then evolved into this book. While it was of course sad, it was also uplifting seeing how his mother continued to be positive throughout her sickness. It was a very sweet tribute from son to mother. 3/75

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