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....

  • Amalia Gavea
    Jan 01, 2017

    ''Reading challenges you to figure out what kind of person you want to be.'' I might as well spare you all with my boring introduction and tell you this is an astonishing book. Not simply good or wel...

  • Cheri
    Apr 06, 2017

    I read Will Schwalbe’s “The End of Your Life Book Club” in 2012, shortly after it was released. It is one of those books that are still very special to me; it was very close to my life then. Les...

  • Carol
    May 02, 2017

    It not so much the books mentioned but the stories told. In the introduction of Will Schwalbe’s Books For Living he immediately begins relating those stories about books that are important in his li...

  • 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...

  • Whispering Stories
    Mar 22, 2017

    Will Schwalbe, author of ‘The End of Your Life Book Club‘ has shared with us details of more than twenty books that changed how he perceived the world and his life, in his new book, ‘Books for L...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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