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Will Schwalbe

Author of The End of Your Life Book Club

4 Works 3,222 Members 227 Reviews 1 Favorited

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Works by Will Schwalbe

The End of Your Life Book Club (2012) 2,278 copies, 186 reviews
Books for Living (2016) 538 copies, 26 reviews
Send E-mail (2007) 339 copies, 14 reviews

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This is a beautiful and well written memoir about a man & his Mother sharing and discussing books as she goes through treatment for terminal cancer.

Both Will and Mary Anne Schwalbe are charming characters with great intellect and insight. Unfortunately for me, about halfway through the book, I grew tired of them and their perfect relationship. She clearly was a remarkable woman butI started to feel overwhelmed by her goodness and annoyed by the advice about helping refugees. Is that my guilty conscience talking? It sure is! Whatever the reason, it reduced my enjoyment.

I am grateful for the interesting book suggestions contained within and I am grateful to have picked up some tips about how to converse with seriuosly ill people.

The book is certainly worth reading but not one of my favorites.
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hmonkeyreads | 185 other reviews | Jan 25, 2024 |
This book was absolutely wonderful. It evoked laughter, awe and sadness and along the way introduced me to many diverse books and authors. Highly recommended.
 
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secondhandrose | 185 other reviews | Oct 31, 2023 |
Compellingly readable, We Should Not Be Friends is the portrait of an unlikely but abiding friendship as it has developed across decades. Will, an awkward classics major, and Maxie, a boisterous star wrestler, met in their senior year at Yale in the early 1980's. Lacking much in common, they were cautious about building a connection. Over the years, however, that connection, despite different paths and various interruptions, has grown into a major part of each man's life. In one sense, the book is Schwalbe's tribute to a remarkable man, his friend Maxie. But much more than that it is a tribute to the complexity and the rich rewards of all friendships. Highly recommended.… (more)
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librorumamans | Jul 27, 2023 |
One of the most touching and inspirational things I've ever read. if you haven't read it yet, put it on your to-read list.
 
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Works
4
Members
3,222
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Rating
3.9
Reviews
227
ISBNs
77
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11
Favorited
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