- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (June 4, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0307739783
- ISBN-13: 978-0307739780
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,562 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Uplifting. . . . So much life is lived, and such powerful lessons are shared on this family’s journey that the reader can’t help but be moved and motivated.” —Fort Worth Star-Telegram
“Schwalbe’s enthusiasm turns out to be contagious. As I was reading I found myself scribbling titles on a piece of paper so that I could order the volumes he and his mother cared about. Schwalbe is not just an avid reader, he is also an advocate, a cheerleader, a disciple.” —Rachel Shteir, The New York Times
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“Completely engaging and difficult to put down. Hearing Schwalbe recount the effects that one selfless and loving person can have on the world is sad without being depressing, and deeply inspirational on a personal level to every imaginable reader.” —The Independent
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About the Author
Will Schwalbe has worked in publishing (most recently as senior vice president and editor in chief of Hyperion Books); digital media, as the founder and CEO of Cookstr.com; and as a journalist, writing for various publications including The New York Times and the South China Morning Post. He is on the board of the Kingsborough Community College Foundation. He is the coauthor, with David Shipley, of Send: Why People Email So Badly and How to Do It Better.
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The story is very sensitive. The author discusses many of the issues involved in end of life care. Seemingly simple questions, such as how one is feeling right now are evaluated. I found this personally valuable as I tend to be socially inept. The writing is of a modern style and flows easily. I listened it the book on audiobook while reading at the same time. The book would in most ways be an "easy listen" without contemporaneous visual reading except there are a lot of foreign names and locations mentioned.
The author's mother had spent her life in various international projects and dealing with issues such as refugees, among other things. The author provided a good deal of information about many of these projects and issues, that I found very educational.
As I anticipated, there was also a good deal of discussion about literature. As a lifelong reader, I am always interested in evaluating and comparing my reading experience and interests with others. I will tell you I learned a good deal about a good many authors and works with which I was not heretofore familiar. I purchased several works based on the literature discussed in this work. Coincidentally I am reading the works of Herman Wouk in chronological order. I had actually recently decided to skip a novel, "Marjorie Morningstar". I had never heard anyone discuss that book, ever.... Then that book came up in this work. I have changed my mind and purchased it and it is my next Herman Wouk book that I am going to read, although not immediately.
In summary, I found he book to be very illuminating and educational while being very warm and sensitive. I enjoyed it very much and am very glad I had a chance to read it.
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