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Books for Living From the author of the best selling and beloved The End of Your Life Book Club a wonderfully engaging new book both a celebration of reading in general and an impassioned recommendation of specific bo

  • Title: Books for Living
  • Author: Will Schwalbe
  • ISBN: 9780385353540
  • Page: 334
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From the author of the best selling and beloved The End of Your Life Book Club a wonderfully engaging new book both a celebration of reading in general and an impassioned recommendation of specific books that can help guide us through our daily lives I ve always believed that everything you need to know you can find in a book, writes Will Schwalbe in his introductionFrom the author of the best selling and beloved The End of Your Life Book Club a wonderfully engaging new book both a celebration of reading in general and an impassioned recommendation of specific books that can help guide us through our daily lives I ve always believed that everything you need to know you can find in a book, writes Will Schwalbe in his introduction to this thought provoking, heartfelt, and inspiring new book about books In each chapter he makes clear the ways in which a particular book has helped to shape how he leads his own life and the ways in which it might help to shape ours He talks about what brought him to each book or vice versa the people in his life he associates each book with how each has led him to other books how each is part of his understanding of himself in the world And he relates each book to a question of our daily lives, for example Melville s Bartleby, the Scrivener speaks to quitting 1984 to disconnecting from our electronics James Baldwin s Giovanni s Room to the power of finding ourselves and connecting with one another Anne Morrow Lindbergh s Gift from the Sea to taking time to recharge Anne Lamott s Bird by Bird to being sensitive to the surrounding world The Little Prince to making friends Paula Hawkins s The Girl on the Train to trusting Here, too, are books by Dickens, Daphne du Maurier, Haruki Murakami, Edna Lewis, E B White, and Hanya Yanagihara, among many

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    About Author

    1. Will Schwalbe says:
      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, even though I m not one by birth I ve worked as a journalist, in the television business, and even briefly, in college as a substitute teacher But I ve spent most of my life in publishing at William Morrow, and then at Hyperion, where I was Editor in Chief In January 2008, I left Hyperion to found a startup called Cookstr and ran that for six years It s now part of Macmillan Publishers, where I ve worked since 2014.Books have been the constant in my life From those my mother read me when I was too young to read, to those father read us when we could read but still liked to be read to From books I read under the covers, long after I was supposed to be asleep including every single thriller by the magnificent Alistair Maclean to books that I found in my teens that helped me imagine all different kinds of lives, and see the world through others eyes.I ve written three books The first SEND Why People Email So Badly and How to Do it Better was written with my friend David Shipley The second, THE END OF YOUR LIFE BOOK CLUB, is about the books I read with my mother when she was dying And the third is BOOKS FOR LIVING, about the role books can play in our lives and how they can show us how to live each day fully and with meaning.I live in New York City with my husband We ve been together since way back when I first moved to Hong Kong in 1984 We have one African violet, that s a bit lopsided books everywhere and are obsessed with our neighbor s adorable dog, Oliver, a Havanese We also have five godchildren, one niece, and four nephews.I love meeting fellow readers and hearing from readers about all different kinds of book I answer everyone, though sometimes it can take me a bit of time My favorite question to ask or be asked is a simple one What are you reading

    Comment 935 on “Books for Living

    1. Elyse says:
      I m about to begin my 3rd round I kinda love this book lots Will Schwalbe is forever the What Are You Reading guyr me He brought electric power to the sentence To quote The Washington Post from when he wrote The End of Your Life Book Club Schwalbe highlights not just how relevant but how Integral literature can be to life Books For Living Will says, The BOOKS I ve written about in this one are a small sampling of the worksthat have been my companions books I ve read, misread, reread, and recomme [...]

    2. Diane S ☔ says:
      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 Loved his The End of Your Life Book Club, though sad I found it a special read He uncovers further relationships and the books that remind him of these Books that he will never part with and why He quotes extensively from The Importance of Living, seems to e the book he takes his guiding philosophy from, [...]

    3. Amalia Gavea says:
      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 well written or interesting, but astonishing One of the best non fiction books I ve ever read, one of the best book about books of recent times.As you might know from my reviews, I m not usually moved by a book, no matter how much I may have loved it But this one must have a heart of stone yes, clich , I know [...]

    4. Cheri says:
      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 Less than two years later my own mother s health would decline very rapidly for a while, and then at the end she very slowly she slipped away Reading was one of the things that we both enjoyed, some of the same books, often not, but those last two years she enjoyed being read to Books had become too heavy for her [...]

    5. Carol says:
      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 life On a long plane ride he sits next to a nineteen year old West Pont plebe and they are soon book talking which leads to this challenge The cadet said he would trade me a genuine West Point baseball cap for a list of my favorite titles I can t remember most of what I wrote down I love the cap I hope h [...]

    6. Saleh MoonWalker says:
      Onvan Books for Living Nevisande Will Schwalbe ISBN 385353545 ISBN13 9780385353540 Dar 288 Safhe Saal e Chap 2016

    7. Diane Barnes says:
      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 be on my shelf I love him because when I finished his previous book, I sent him an email about how much that book meant to me, and he emailed me back with the warmest and friendliest response you can imagine.This is a book about reading, and loving books, and applying what you read to your life It is a [...]

    8. Carol (Bookaria) says:
      This is a book about books Those books that have inspired the author throughout his life and about the books he was reading during certain periods or events I enjoyed some of the books he mentions such as Rebecca, Wonder and The Girl on the Train but also spaced out when he described some books I do not care about or have not read such as 1984, Mobydick and A Little Life.

    9. Whispering Stories says:
      Will Schwalbe, author of The End of Your Life Book Club has shared with us details of than twenty books that changed how he perceived the world and his life, in his new book, Books for Living.In these 20 books that have made the cut, you will find old classics, new books, and some books that you wouldn t of thought would of made the cut, Stuart Little springs to mind.Each chapter book tells you about what that particular book taught the author, from finding friends through the story of The Litt [...]

    10. Candace says:
      Books for Living by Will Schwalbe is a fascinating and engrossing book In it Will list books that have meant something to him He gives his thoughts and opinion such as napping, choosing kindness, hugging, feeling sensitive, traveling and living He elaborates these with life lessons and memories This touching book has broaden my thoughts when asked What are you reading I have often thought of books as elements of fiction characterization, plot, description, voice, etc instead of what that book me [...]

    11. Susan says:
      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 place of books in the modern world He is not anti social media, but he says he still feels that reading that solitary activity that connects you to others is the best way to examine your life and answer all those big questions about life Here he examines books of importance to him books that mean a lot to hi [...]

    12. Kaitlin S. says:
      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 to be an affirmation of life against the transience of life, an essential defiance It just needs to be the book you need when you need it.

    13. Ken says:
      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 meaty Light Each chapter dedicated to a different book, and even then discursive at times such that some books get talked up than others in their allotted chapters Also, Schwalbe s not above circling back to talk again about a previous book I like that too, though By then, the gentle reader is in on the [...]

    14. Linda Quinn says:
      I used to say that the greatest gift you could ever give anyone is a book But I don t say that any because I no longer think it s true I now say that a book is the second greatest gift I ve come to believe that the greatest gift you can give anyone is to take the time to talk with someone about a book you ve shared Will Schwalbe I couldn t agree And I look forward to sharing this book with friends so that we can take the time to talk about it together.

    15. Clif Hostetler says:
      Will Schwalbe has provided readers in this book a series of personal reflections on his reading life and the roles that those books played in his life Thus it s a combination of memoir, sociological historical commentary, and multiple book reviews Perhaps a descriptive alternative title for this book is Zen in the Art of Book Selection I m not sure I can defend the use of the word of Zen in this case, but it s a thought I had while Schwalbe was discussing the book, Zen in the Art of Archery, by [...]

    16. Chris says:
      Full disclosure I am moderating a session with Will Schwalbe at the Newburyport MA Literary Festival in April, so this book was read in preparation But to be honest, I would have picked it up anyways, because I love books about books, and also one of my top five favorite books read in 2012 was The End of Your Life Book Club, Will s memoir and tribute to his beloved mom and the book club they form in the last years of her life His latest book, Books for Living is just that, the life lessons he ha [...]

    17. Rebecca Foster says:
      2.5 Such a mixed bag A couple of these chapters are top notch autobiographical essays worthy of standing alone the one about Giovanni s Room telling of how his boarding school librarian helped him accept that he was gay through the books she left out for him reminded me of the best bits of John Irving s In One Person another about The Gifts of the Body by Rebecca Brown gives a short history of how AIDS shattered his innocence in the 1980s I also liked pieces about Gift from the Sea and A Little [...]

    18. Darlene says:
      I became a fan of Will Schwalbe when I read his book The End of Your Life Book Club, a book he wrote as a tribute of sorts to his mother, who had inspired and encouraged his love of books This particular book came about as a result of the many hours Will and his mother spent reading together while she was undergoing chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer The books they read together provided encouragement to talk about difficult subjects subjects their hearts yearned to talk about but for which they [...]

    19. Snotchocheez says:
      3 starsUsing Will Schwalbe s genuinely moving and heartfelt The End of Your Life Book Club as a yardstick, his second offering of books that have inspired him,Books for Living, doesn t quite measure up There s nothing inherently bad about his commentaries on this motley assortment of books ranging from children s picture books to classics Dickens David Copperfield and Homer sOdyssey , middle grade charmers RJ Palacio sWonder to contemporary fiction Yanagihara sA Little Life and Hawkins Girl on a [...]

    20. Steve Sarner says:
      I was pretty skeptical about this book.I mean, a book about books Will this be the usual clich s on reading You know, opens new worlds , let s you live other lives , yada yada yada.Sure there was a little of that not much but, there was so much and within the first few pages I was hooked Reading Books for Living was like sitting in Will Schwalbe s living room with a nice glass of wine and talking books and how they relate to life with an extraordinarily well read and respected close friend.That [...]

    21. DeB MaRtEnS says:
      In Books for Living , we are offered another look into the personality, preferences and personal history of Will Schwalbe with his latest memoir Where in his warm and moving first book, The End of Your Life Book Club , the books he shared with his dying mother were a touchstone in their relationship, Books for Living has a cerebral tone, a sense of careful analysis and Will s self taught philosophy of life, found in the books he goes on to describe He s chosen a motley arrangement to present as [...]

    22. Lauren says:
      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 and the Art of Archery and mastering the art of reading , since I read it last night I know it s true for me, and I presume many of you as well One of my friends read this book last year and I enjoyed her review, putting it on my hold list at the library It came in and I flipped through it, happy to see [...]

    23. Jenny (Reading Envy) says:
      I started this book in audio and knew I needed to switch to print Too many book titles to take note of, too many pages I might need to mark I appreciate that this book on books does not to be comprehensive and catalog every book Will Schwalbe has ever written, nor does it mention Proust, not even once He examines books that had particular meaning to him from the perspective of examining literature to reflect on life My favorite chapter is on Giovanni s Room, and is one I will have my reading cla [...]

    24. Kevin says:
      I really enjoy books about books Will Schwabe had a recurring nightmare for people who love to readhaving to board a flight with no reading material I personally tend to overpack books for travel I know I have the e reader but what if something goes wrong with it I better pack a book I know it s only one night Maybe two books A few years back I was lucky enough to go on a cruise with my family One of the family members who doesn t read said he was bored the rest of us were just laying around dri [...]

    25. Kate says:
      I loved The End of your Life Book Club and also really enjoyed this book Will Schwalbe is a wonderful writer and I have a hard time putting his books down I just want to keep reading This book is a compilation of books that have influenced his life, helping him to be a better person through lessons learned in literature It also helps to explain life and parts of every day life that we don t always understand I added several books to my TBR, especially after Will explained how relevant they were [...]

    26. Deb says:
      I kept hearing so much talk about Will Schwalbe s The End of Your Life Book Club You have to read it prodded friends Nope It ll be too sad I m just not up for this book.Booktopia authors were announced and I ordered Books for the Living I was overtaken by this book Will described so much of me and what makes me me by the books that I read and carried me through life I love the books he writes about Some I have read and some I have not All in all its the books that help me find answers, guide me [...]

    27. Jennifer says:
      This was a delightful read it was like chatting with a friend about all your favorite books My TBR grew with almost every chapter.

    28. Karen says:
      My head is swirling with so many thoughts right now having just finished this wonderful book First let me say that I love books about books I considered books my friends, I have bookshelves crammed full, not willing to part with them I also have books stacked on nightstands, coffee tables and yes the floor When reading this book I found myself thinking I do this too I take great pleasure in reading and napping on leisurely Sundays, enjoying that pause to close my eyes and ponder the story while [...]

    29. Susan says:
      I laughed, I cried I revisited old favorites and found new books that I want to read Will Schwalbe is that book loving friend that I wish I had, having the deep conversations about books that I haven t had in years He inspires me to read and to think about what I m reading and how it affects me For the first time ever, I burst into tears when I finished a book I think it s because I m sad there s no of this book to read There s always re reading.

    30. Antonia says:
      Like so many of my friends and fellow Booktopians, I love books about books And this one is no exception This collection of Schwalbe s thoughtful essays and musings, based on some of his favorite books, is a great intellectual treat I particularly responded to Schwalbe s valuing of quiet time I rarely nap, but need a lot of downtime in my life , his wonder at the myriad ways that reading affects us and how fiction affects us subliminally It changes us even though we don t know we are being chang [...]

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