Freddie v. Hulst
For all who have accompanied a loved one on the journey a reminder, for others an inspiration ...
The title did not entice. Yet, I am so grateful like to have read this. What an amazing woman - not simply in accomplishments, but also in the day-to-day way she lived with significant integrity.
And her leonine love of books leaves a treasure trove for the rest of us! On the kindle version (thank goodness for whisper sync) there is a list of the books. Just finished (and loved) The Elegance of the Hedgehog. Thank you Mary Anne.
Do you love books and do (did) you love your mother? If you answer yes to these two questions, Will Schwalbe's book should not be missed. I'm not an Audible listener who often reviews books - books are personal and one person's, "Not to be missed!" is another's, "Utter rubbish!" But this one is truly outstanding.
In one book, you receive not only a reading list to work from (oh, yes, I do intend to read some of the books Will and Mary Ann discussed), but you learn how to share the end of a loved one's life. This marks the first time I'll buy a hard copy of a book I've listed to - so that I might share it with others, in much the same way Mary Ann would undoubtedly share her son's lovely homage.
I gave this a 4 star rating because of the mother in the story that reminded me of my mother. Both Mary Anne and my mom had such a great attitude about life. It would be hard reading for someone who has lost a loved one to cancer. I started a reading list from this books suggestions!
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.