I decided to note each book mentioned in the Mother and son book club. I added all the ones available in Audible to my wish list.
I love the family in this book and the Mother was a true inspiration. There was much more depth than I hD imagined. It is such a wonderful way to write a biography. The narration was excellent. You feel like your sitting there with the characters as the story is being read.
After I finish all the books mentioned I will listen to this again.
Maybe a little less detail about some of the books they read so I can discover them for myself.
Having a sick and dying parent is difficult for most but Will Schwalbe found a way to take the short time they had left together and made it count. Will and his mom used their love of reading as bridges to conversations that they may not every have had. Throughout the book are synopsis and descriptions of various other books that they read together and now I have books to add to my TBR list.
This book isn't just about reading though, its about relationships, its about whats important in your life, taking stock and ultimately its about dying. Its about what its like to be the son of woman who is going through stage 4 cancer, its about coming to grips with the thought of losing a parent, and looking at your own life and figuring out if it is what you really want and what changes you can make to make it better. Its about living in the moment and not wasting opportunities. Its also a beautiful account of his mothers life and her passions for helping others and her dedication to refugees.
Will and his mom found a way to share meaningful conversations and learn more about each other through books and the topics those books brought up.
It made me pause and wonder about the conversations I have with my mother which are usually more superficial or have something to do with work. It made think if there was anything I would want to talk to her about or learn about before its too late. Maybe it will make you pause and take stock a bit too.
A son's love story written for his mom, complete with a book-lover's dream wish list. I wish I had been where I could have written down some of the books' names, instead of driving down the road. Beautiful story, inspiring mother and son.
This is a book no one should miss. Mary Ann Schwalbe was a remarkable woman. There's probably a little bit of her in each of us and this book could help us discover it. I will definitely listen to this book again and again and will try to read as many of the books she and her son Will read.
What better story for Audible fanatics than one about the power of reading and sharing books. The remarkable relationship between Will and his Mother in her last years, and the role that books played during those years, makes for a beautiful read. I found myself wanting to be part of their exclusive book club as well. Several of the books Will and his mom shared are now on my Wish List.
Science fiction, fantasy, historical fiction...take me away!
Will Schwalbe introduces us to his extraordinary mother, Mary Anne, through the books they choose to read and discuss as she and they face a devastating diagnosis. We learn about Mary Anne's work in refugee camps, her philosophy of life, her only regret (not being able to see her grandchildren grow up), and her drive to organize everyone and everything around her. It was an honour to meet Mary Anne through Will's memories and Mary Anne's stories. And the books! Each book opened up topics of conversation that allowed Will and his mother to discuss what truly matters in life.
I'm a nurse who specializes in care of the elderly and this book is a real gift!
I love yoga. I love cooking healthy, organic, natural, delicious food. I love reading, writing, traveling. But more than anything, I love laughing and cuddling with my Michael and our pup.
I generally enjoyed Schwalbe’s book, although I did feel it was a bit slow at times. I appreciated how the book was centered upon literary works and the connection the author had with his mother through books. His mother truly did lead an extraordinary life and it was touching to hear her thoughts about life and the way she chose to live it.
I found the narrator’s voice a bit annoying and, at times, actually obnoxious, which detracted from the story. I felt his tone projected a negative undertone to passages where, had I read them myself, wouldn’t have been perceived negative at all.
Lawyer, reader, writer, performer. Just love listening to books and talking about it!
A book for book lovers, and a book that will broaden your Horizons and introduce you to an absolutely remarkable woman. I've heard of some new books that I want to read and I've remembered some wonderful books that I've already read. I've stretched my adoration for women around the world and I've been inspired. Recommend!
I enjoyed their distraction from the painful unfolding events by sharing their respective experiences in the wider context of favourite literary pieces.
It's very human touch
The fact that they also loved some of my favourite books, and were able to navigate their experience through their shared love of great books