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FINALIST 2013 – ABA Indies Choice Book Awards
“A wonderful book about wonderful books and mothers and sons and the enduring braid between them. Like the printed volumes it celebrates, this story will stay with you long after the last page.”
—Mitch Albom, author of Tuesdays with Morrie and The Time Keeper
“Will Schwalbe’s lyrical tribute to a life well-lived and a death graced with love and literature is a precious gift bestowed on all of us. What a unique and beautiful book this is, and how privileged we are to have it.”
—Dr. Sherwin B. Nuland, author of How We Die and The Art of Aging
“Will Schwalbe’s brave and soulful elegy to his remarkable mother, his recollection of their sparklingly literate conversations, is a timely reminder that one exceptional person, or one exceptional book, can be a torch in the darkness. You’ll turn the last page wishing you’d met Mary Anne Schwalbe, vowing to be worthy of her incandescent example—and promising yourself to read more.”
—J.R. Moehringer, author of The Tender Bar
“Will Schwalbe gives us two love stories in one: that of his relationship with his dynamo of a mother as her horizons shrink, and that of their mutual devotion to the printed word, infinitely and insistently engaging. Tender and touching and beautifully done.”
—Stacy Schiff, author of Cleopatra
“I was so moved by this marvelous book. Schwalbe has done something extraordinary: made a personal journey public in the most engaging, funny and revealing way possible. It is a true meditation on what books can do.”
—Edmund de Waal, author of The Hare with Amber Eyes
“At last a book that celebrates the role books play within our own story. Will Schwalbe has created a tender, moving and honest portrayal of the precious relationship between a mother and son—an ode to that beautiful thing called love.”
—Cecelia Ahern, author of PS, I Love You
“This book is a passionate, purposeful and elegant guide to human existence. Living life, learning life and loving life. And ultimately, accepting life’s end. Mary Anne and Will have given us an exquisite gift. For a better life, better family and better world, read this moving elegy from a gifted and loving son to an extraordinary mother.”
—David Rohde, co-author of A Rope and a Prayer
“An extraordinarily wise, witty, and quietly wrenching book about parental love, filial love, profound grief, and literature’s great consolations. How wonderful to encounter a writer who combines erudition with great emotional honesty, and who isn’t afraid of addressing life’s most profound and baffling questions.”
—Douglas Kennedy, The Woman in the Fifth
WILL SCHWALBE has worked in publishing (most recently as senior vice president and editor-in-chief of Hyperion Books); new media, as founder of Cookstr.com; and as a journalist, writing for such publications as the New York Times and the South China Morning Post. He is on the board of Yale University Press and the Kingsborough Community College Foundation. He is the co-author with David Shipley of Send: Why People Email So Badly and How to Do It Better. The author lives in New York, NY.See all Product Description
NOT SO KEEN ON THIS BOOK!. KIND OF DEPRESSING AS A CANCER SURVIVORPublished 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
How do you cope with a terminal diagnosis of a loved one? Will you use the time left to avoid the issue or find new ways to share those moments with your family member? Read morePublished 1 month ago by Scott B. Maitland
The depth of understanding between these 2 characters is amazing..Many of us definitely yearn for this. And what a blessing to have it with books.Published 8 months ago by Korene Torney
Listened on CD. Like listening to paint dry.
I liked all the book references but the story was very slow and predictable. Nice tribute to his mom but pretty boring.
Thoroughly enjoyed - found the idea of sharing ideas from books as a great way to talk about life and deathPublished 15 months ago by Jean Benton
Love this heart wrenching story!! Recommend this to all of my friends who are searching for a read! Great journey!Published 15 months ago by JQ
This was so well written, not just skillful but with a compassion and delicacy that made you want to hug him at the end of each chapter. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Deborah Benoit Aspler
I loved the story and maybe that should be enough. However, I found all the book references difficult to relate to.Published 21 months ago by Louise Neveu
I loved this book enjoyed reading it and am glad that I now own it. will recommend to my friends.