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

  • Diane S ?
    Dec 07, 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....

    Dec 22, 2016

    I love books about books and this one more than some others because I've read many of the novels the author describes. So if you are always searching for the perfect book for the right moment, this vo...

  • Philip
    Dec 27, 2016

    I'd like to thank Knopf and Edelweiss for the advanced e-copy of Will Schwalbe's Books for Living. His book came to me at the perfect time. I've spent the past year (thanks to Good Reads' Reading Chal...

  • Linda Quinn
    Nov 25, 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...

  • Ken
    Jan 02, 2017

    Sometimes I do the right thing. Often by accident, but I take righteousness wherever I can find it. In this case, I led off 2017 with a book about books. And it was a good book about books. Nothing me...

  • 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...

  • Shirley Freeman
    Sep 26, 2016

    Readers and booklovers - this one is for you! Schwalbe's intersection of memoir and book chat is both entertaining and inspiring. I enjoyed thinking about some of the books I had read and how they had...

  • 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...

  • Rosemary
    Aug 23, 2016

    "What are you reading?' Will Schwalbe sees this as a simple, but powerful question, creating a shared universe and opportunities to discuss issues with each other in the context of a favored book. He ...

  • Mycala
    Jan 13, 2017

    My first impression was disappointment. My experience with books about books is lists of recommendations, a la the Book Lust series. As I skimmed the table of contents, I saw that each book had a chap...

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