Books for Living

Books for Living

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"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 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 others. A treasure of a book for everyone who loves books, loves reading, and loves to hear the answer to the question: 'What are you reading?'"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780385353540
Branch Call Number: 028.9 SCHWALBE
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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