Lilly absolutely adores her teacher, Mr. Slinger, but when he takes away her jingly quarters, movie-star glasses, and purple plastic purse because she is being disruptive, she changes her tune. She begins to make nasty pictures of her once beloved teacher, and sneaks them into his bookbag. But what happens when Mr. Slinger gives her her stuff back with a note and some snacks? A lovely story about forgiveness.
Will Schwalbe discusses and signs The End of Your Life Bookclub
10/21/2012 4:00 pm
695 E. Colorado Blvd
“What are you reading?”
That’s the question Will Schwalbe asks his mother, Mary Anne, as they sit in the waiting room of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. In 2007, Mary Anne returned from a humanitarian trip to Pakistan and Afghanistan suffering from what her doctors believed was a rare type of hepatitis. Months later she was diagnosed with a form of advanced pancreatic cancer, which is almost always fatal, often in six months or less.
This is the inspiring true story of a son and his mother, who start a “book club” that brings them together as her life comes to a close. Over the next two years, Will and Mary Anne carry on conversations that are both wide-ranging and deeply personal, prompted by an eclectic array of books and a shared passion for reading. Their list jumps from classic to popular, from poetry to mysteries, from fantastic to spiritual. The issues they discuss include questions of faith and courage as well as everyday topics such as expressing gratitude and learning to listen. Throughout, they are constantly reminded of the power of books to comfort us, astonish us, teach us, and tell us what we need to do with our lives and in the world. Reading isn’t the opposite of doing; it’s the opposite of dying.