Every once in awhile, we like to send out a reminder that we love grown-up books too! We all try to read as many books as we can, fitting in a grown-up book here and there, and The End of Your Life Book Club is one that has recently stuck out to me. I love a good memoir and with this one focusing on books and reading, I know a lot of you will really enjoy it too!
Though the reason for the rather unconventional book club between author Will Schwalbe and his mother is a sad one, the concept is brilliant. Sharing books between parent and child, at least in this way, is typically an event that stops when childhood is over. Sure, if our parents are readers we’ll recommend books to them and they to us, or we’ll purchase books for each other during the holidays. But, really discussing a book and what it means to us is a whole different story, and Will and his mom manage to do that very well in the time they have left together.
From Khalid Hosseini’s The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns (two of my personal favorites) to A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving, the pair read a wide range of books, each teaching them a bit about each other in the process of reading and talking about the plot, the characters, and what the story means.
The power of books and what they can do for people and relationships is at the forefront of this book and I absolutely loved learning about the personalities, hopes, and wishes of both Will and his mother, as well as adding many books to my own pile. One can never have too many books waiting to be read.
If you love books about books, I highly recommend picking this one up!
The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe; $25.00; Knopf; Grown-up Non-Fiction