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Will Schwalbe

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Will is the author of The End of Your Life Book Club (Knopf 2012, Two Roads/UK 2012).

He is also the founder and CEO of cookstr.com, a recipe site featuring great recipes from many of the world's best chefs and cookbook authors.

Prior to that, he was SVP and editor in chief of Hyperion Books. He has also worked as a journalist, writing articles and reviews for such publications as The New York Times, the South China Morning Post, Insight for Asian Investors, Ms. Magazine, and Business Traveller Asia.

Will is the author with David Shipley of SEND Why People Email So Badly and How to Do it Better (Knopf 2007, 2008).

He serves on the boards of governors of the Asian American Writers Workshop, Yale University Press, and the Kingsborough Community C...more

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The End of Your Life Book Club
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3.35 of 5 stars 3.35 avg rating — 268 ratings — published 2007 — 21 editions
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October 2012, Will Schwalbe
"His memoir, The End of Your Life Book Club, tells of the two-person club he formed with his indomitable mother as she underwent chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer." ...More

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The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
" The Fault in Our Stars is profound in its unflinchingly honest portrayal of young people living with cancer. I was moved and my eyes were opened to an experience that is alien to me. The beauty of Green’s writing is that he was able to tell the st... " Read more of this review »
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" Okay, let me start with the fact that I am notoriously not a sentimentalist. I have found myself getting a bit more sentimental as I've gotten older, but in general I am hard to move. I am also fairly skeptical and a book that has gotten lots of a... " Read more of this review »
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" Oh, Wow! What a fantastic listen. Perfect narration. I was so wrapped into this book I wished that either I had more places to drive or that I had the physical book so I could keep going in it. The version that I listened to was not narrated by th... " Read more of this review »
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"Chris wrote: "I don't know how I missed this page, I jumped right into talking about food books! My name is Chris, I live in Vermont, I'm a writer and...more "
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“One of the many things I love about bound books is their sheer physicality. Electronic books live out of sight and out of mind. But printed books have body, presence. ... I often seek electronic books, but they never come after me. They may make me feel, but I can't feel them. They are all soul with no flesh, no texture, and no weight.”
Will Schwalbe, The End of Your Life Book Club

“We're all in the end-of-your-life book-club, whether we acknowledge it or not; each book we read may well be the last, each conversation the final one.”
Will Schwalbe, The End of Your Life Book Club

“We all owe everyone for everything that happens in our lives. But it's not owing like a debt to one person--it's really that we owe everyone for everything. Our whole lives can change in an instant--so each person that keeps that from happening, no matter how small a role they play, is also responsible for all of it. Just by giving friendship and love, you keep the people around you from giving up--and each expression of friendship or love may be the one that makes all the difference.”
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108857 Ask Will Schwalbe - Thursday, July 25th! — 227 members — last activity Aug 01, 2013 12:28PM
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75382 The End of Your Life Book Club — 130 members — last activity Jul 17, 2014 02:54AM
Meaningful books and the impact they have on our lives. When my mother was dying of pancreatic cancer, I would often go with her to chemo, and we would...more
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