Reviews for End of Your Life Book Club : Library Edition

AudioFile Reviews 2012 November
Will Schwalbe and his mother, Mary Anne, always shared a love of reading. When she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, the two of them embarked on a sort of Òbook clubÓ journey, sharing their views on the books they were reading, along with their views on life. Narrator Jeff Harding captures the generous, maternal, and self-effacing spirit that characterized Mary AnneÕs interactions in both her humanitarian work and her day-to-day life. Harding portrays Will as a concerned, thoughtful son seeking to learn all he can from his mother before her passing. The audiobook is a tribute to a life lived serving others, as well as a testament to the value of reading in fostering understanding and bringing people closer to one another. S.E.G. © AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine

Library Journal Reviews 2013 February #2

Schwalbe creates a moving memoir with three main purposes: to provide a tribute to his mother, Mary Anne Schwalbe, a crusader and humanitarian; to document a personal family journey of living with cancer; and to compose a paean to the importance and impact of books and reading. As his mother begins her treatments for stage-four pancreatic cancer, she and Schwalbe start a book club that initiates a series of highly personal reflections and conversations on their family and current events. But their story is hardly morbid as they trade books and wisdom and, perhaps most significantly, present one of the most compelling arguments for the joy of reading: the power of the written word to inspire, instruct, comfort, and unite. This story, which listeners will want to keep and pass on, is well narrated by Jeff Harding. VERDICT This celebration of the art of reading is highly recommended for all listeners and libraries. ["This book will bring tears to readers' eyes--it is an essential title for lovers of memoir," read the review of the Knopf hc, LJ 9/1/12.--Ed.]--Joyce Kessel, Villa Maria Coll., Buffalo

[Page 62]. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.