Author: Will Schwalbe Series: Standalone Genre: Non Fiction Release Date: October 2, 2012 Book Length: 336 pages Publisher: Knopf Review: 3/5
This is a non-fiction book that follows the Schwalbe family in the years after the author’s mother, Mary Anne, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. I thought it was so sweet that Mary Anne and Will, her son, started a book club between one another in those final years – it definitely got their minds off of the devastating news (as best as it could) and gave them something to bond over.
As much as I thought it was beneficial for the author to explain the books they chose, at times, I felt like he would go too far off on tangents about what they were reading, and not enough content was about his mother and their relationship – both at present and throughout the years. However, I did appreciate that pretty much every book he explained did correlate back in some way to an aspect of his and his mother’s relationship or lives in general.
This was a very heartwarming book that made me realize the impact that books can have on people and enforced to me the importance of family and living life to the fullest. I am very happy that I read it.