The End of Your Life Book ClubBy Will SchwalbeReading Group GuideABOUT THIS READING GROUP GUIDEThe questions, discussion topics, and reading list that follow are intended to enhance yourreading group’s discussion of
The End of Your Life Book Club,
the poignant, funny, anddeeply moving memoir by Will Schwalbe.ABOUT THE BOOK“Sharing books he loved with his savvy New Yorker mom had always been a greatpleasure for both mother and son, becoming especially poignant when she was diagnosedwith pancreatic cancer in 2007, at age 73 . . . The books they shared allowed them tospeak honestly and thoughtfully, to get to know each other, ask big questions, andespecially talk about death. With a refreshing forthrightness, and an excellent list of books included, this is an astonishing, pertinent, and wonderfully welcome work.”—
“What are you reading?”That’s the question Will Schwalbe asks his mother, Mary Anne, as they sit in the waitingroom of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. In 2007, Mary Anne returned froma humanitarian trip to Pakistan and Afghanistan suffering from what her doctors believedwas a rare type of hepatitis. Months later she was diagnosed with a form of advancedpancreatic cancer, which is almost always fatal, often in six months or less.