The End of Your Life Book Club
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We're all in the end of our life book club, because none of us knows which book or conversation will be the last. This is a place to pin great books and authors of all different sorts. Really any book that's meant something to you or to someone you love. Some of the books and authors I've pinned feature in my upcoming book www.theendofyourlifebookclub.com
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkein, one of Will Schwalbe's favorites since he fell head over heels for it at nine years old, first mentioned on page 68 of The End of Your Life Book Club

The Hobbit is the story of Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit from the shire who goes on the adventure of a lifetime. The Hobbit is less complicated and easier to read than the Lord of The Rings but still full of adventure, excitement and exploration.

From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, a stunningly ambitious and beautiful novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.

Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson, another Schwalbe childhood favorite, first mentioned on page 66 of The End of Your Life Book Club

Harold and the Purple Crayon, Crockett Johnson. A healthy imagination and a purple crayon take Harold on an adventure.

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson, first mentioned on page 95 of The End of Your Life Book Club. This book club pick was a favorite of both Will Schwalbe and his mother, Mary Anne.

This National Book Critics Circle and Pulitzer Prize winner takes the form of a letter from a father to his son: towards the end of his life, Reverend John Ames pens an account of himself and his forebears.

Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott, first mentioned on page 101 of The End of Your Life Book Club

Traveling Mercies, Anne Lamott recommend by Glennon Diyle Melton, Author of Carry On Warrior thoughts on life unharmed

People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks, first mentioned on page 107 of The End of Your Life Book Club. Will Schwalbe brought this to a doctor's visit for his mother to read. In exchange, she brought him The Lizard Cage, by Karen Connelly

***** People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks - In Hanna Heath, an Australian rare-book expert, is offered the job of a lifetime: analysis and conservation of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, which has been rescued from Serb shelling during the Bosnian war.

The Etiquette of Illness: What to Say When You Can't Find the Words by Susan Halpern, first mentioned on page 42 of The End of Your Life Book Club

The Etiquette of Illness: What to Say When You Can't Find the Words by Susan Halpern, first mentioned on page 42 of The End of Your Life Book Club

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving -- first mentioned on page 8 of The End of Your Life Book Club

John Irving: A Prayer for Owen Meany This is the first John Irving book I ever read and since then I've read them all!

Daily Strength for Daily Needs by Mary Tileston, first mentioned on page 88 of The End of Your Life Book Club. This book changed Mary Anne Schwalbe's life during her battle with pancreatic cancer.

Daily Strength for Daily Needs by Mary Tileston, first mentioned on page 88 of The End of Your Life Book Club. This book changed Mary Anne Schwalbe's life during her battle with pancreatic cancer.

Four friends try to make it in New York City in the transcendent novel A LITTLE LIFE by Hanya Yanagihara.

Hanya Yanagihara - Interview

New at Fredricksen Library! When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they're broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition .

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, one of Mary Anne Schwalbe's all time favorites

Gone with the Wind--Margaret Mitchell. I've seen the movie a dozen times, but, yes, I've also read the book.

The Lizard Cage by Karen Connelly, first mentioned on page 107 of The End of Your Life Book Club. Will Schwalbe's mother brought this book to a doctor's visit for her son to read; in exchange, he brought her People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks.

Uxbridge's book of the year a few years ago. Not an easy read, but totally worth it. The Lizard Cage by Karen Connelly

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