Books for Living

Books for Living

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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?"
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2017.
Copyright Date: ©2016.
ISBN: 9780385353540
Characteristics: 272 pages ;,21 cm.


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Mar 05, 2017

It's an interesting and enjoyable book. It made me laugh and there are touching stories. I learned things from the book and it made me think about why I read books. The author is down-to-earth. The chapter about the story, "Rebecca" and betraying was sad. The book also asked the question, "Has a book saved your life?". My answer, "The Superstress Solution" by Dr. Roberta A. Lee.

Feb 03, 2017

I was drawn to this title because I love books about books. Unfortunately, it is that very aspect of this book that disappointed me. The premise is that the author discusses the influence and impact that different books had on his life. Well there is plenty about his life experiences and his philosophies but the book connections were very weak. Almost non-existent at times. It was still a decent quick read but it didn't satisfy the book nerd in me at all.

ehbooklover Jan 29, 2017

I love books. I love books about books. The strength of this one is the author's writing style: the reader feels as though they are having an actual conversation with the author. An emotional, charming book written by a man whose passion for all things books and reading is obvious.

Jan 10, 2017

For me, not as good as Schwalbe's End of Your Life Book Club, but still an enjoyable book that many book lovers will appreciate.

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