Books for Living
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Books for Living


From the author of the beloved New York Times best-selling The End of Your Life Book Club, an inspiring and magical exploration of the power of books to shape our lives in an era of constant connectivity.

Why is it that we read? Is it to pass time? To learn something new? To escape from reality? For Will Schwalbe, reading is a way to entertain himself but also to make sense of the world, to become a better person, and to find the answers to the big (and small) questions about how to live his life. In this delightful celebration of reading, Schwalbe invites us along on his quest for books that speak to the specific challenges of living in our modern world, with all its noise and distractions. In each chapter, he discusses a particular book—what brought him to it (or vice versa), the people in his life he associates with it, and how it became a part of his understanding of himself in the world. These books span centuries and genres (from classic works of adult and children’s literature to contemporary thrillers and even cookbooks), and each one relates to the questions and concerns we all share. Throughout, Schwalbe focuses on the way certain books can help us honor those we’ve loved and lost, and also figure out how to live each day more fully. Rich with stories and recommendations, Books for Living is a treasure for everyone who loves books and loves to hear the answer to the question: “What are you reading?”

Title:Books for Living
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:288 pages

    Books for Living Reviews

  • Elyse
    Dec 23, 2016

    I'm about to begin my 3rd round. I kinda love this book......'lots'!!!!!! Will Schwalbe is forever the "What Are You Reading" guy....for me. He brought electric power to the sentence. To quote The Was...

  • Diane S ?
    Dec 05, 2016

    Books about books, I can never resist them Love reading about books others love, the meanings they find in them, books to guide one and book read to gain knowledge. This book covers all this and more....

  • Diane Barnes
    Jan 18, 2017

    I love Will Schwalbe. I have loved him ever since reading "The End of Your Life Book Club". I love him so much that I actually bought this book in hardback the day it was released because I need it to...

  • Susan
    Oct 30, 2016

    Author Will Schwabe previously had a huge success with his moving memoir, “The End of Your Life Book Club,” about books he shared with his terminally ill mother. In this volume, he looks at the pl...

  • Kaitlin S.
    Oct 10, 2016

    "A book doesn't need to be thick enough to stop bullets. It doesn't need to lower your cholesterol. It doesn't even need to be a force for social good, though it's tremendous when it is. It just needs...

  • Linda Quinn
    Nov 15, 2016

    "I used to say that the greatest gift you could ever give anyone is a book. But I don't say that anymore because I no longer think it's true. I now say that a book is the second greatest gift. I've co...

  • Lauren
    Jan 31, 2017

    Every time you read, you are learning how to read.Each book - each new author - is a refining of this process of learning how to read.I've been mulling over this concept, from Schwalbe's essay on Zen ...

  • Chelsey
    Jan 12, 2017

    The End of Your Life Book Club is one of my absolute favourite books and I've kept a watch on Will's Goodreads for the last 4 years, and was so excited when this appeared. Books for Living is a lo...

  • Sam
    Dec 21, 2016

    Books for Living is a very fine book about books, about the art and act of reading, and as a call to and an exercise in slowing one's mind and body down, relaxing, recharging, resting, being more mind...

  • KC
    Nov 20, 2016

    I would like to thank Edelweiss, Knopf Publishing, and Will Schwalbe for the advanced digital copy in exchange for an honest review. Schwalbe takes his readers on a book journey, recounting memories, ...

About Will Schwalbe

Will Schwalbe

Greetings! Since we are both here, I’m guessing you are probably a fellow book-lover. Always great to meet other members of the tribe!I’ve put a lot about myself in my books, but here are some of the basics. I was born in New York in 1962; grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts; went to boarding school in New Hampshire, and to college in New Haven, Connecticut. So I consider myself a New Englander, e