“Anyone can recommend a book, but it's rare that someone can fully articulate its lifelong impact. Schwalbe has the rarest of voices -- both intimate and universal -- and with deep care and reflection he offers readers the most personal and heartfelt parts of himself in his latest collection. This is not a list of Schwalbe's favorite books, but is instead an explanation of how certain books and authors taught him timeless lessons about our deepest longings. Schwalbe's voice leaps off the page and fills the room as only the liveliest conversations can. I can't stop thinking about this book and want to read every title mentioned, if only to keep the conversation going.”
— Miriam Landis (E), Island Books, Etc., Mercer Island, WA
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.
For Will Schwalbe, reading is a way to entertain himself but also to make sense of the world, and to find the answers to life’s questions big and small. In each chapter, he discusses a particular book and how it relates to concerns we all share. These books span centuries and genres—from Stuart Little to The Girl on the Train, from David Copperfield to Wonder, from Giovanni's Room to Rebecca, and from 1984 to Gifts from the Sea. Throughout, Schwalbe tells stories from his life and 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.
About the Author
WILL SCHWALBE has worked in publishing; digital media, as the founder and CEO of Cookstr.com; and as a journalist, writing for various publications, including The New York Times and the South China Morning Post. He is the author of the New York Times best seller The End of Your Life Book Club and coauthor, with David Shipley, of Send: Why People Email So Badly and How to Do It Better.
“Books for Living is [a] gift, and one that keeps giving.” —USA Today
“A sweet and utterly restorative series of vignettes about how books—the right books, at the right times—can not only deepen a life but save it.” —The Christian Science Monitor
"Any season of the year, this book is a gift" —Mary Oliver
“Inspiring and charming. . . . Books, to Schwalbe, are our last great hope to keep us from spiraling into the abyss.” —The New York Times “Moving. . . . Schwalbe truly shines. . . . It should convince even reluctant readers to pick up a book.” —Boston Globe
“First-rate. . . . Schwalbe’s enthusiasm for what he covers is contagious.” —San Francisco Chronicle
“A love letter to reading, bibliophiles will close the last page with a few more entries on their to-read list.” —Real Simple “Witty, warm, [and] insightful. . . . A field guide to a handful of titles that might entertain, stir up trouble, or—yes—even save the life a reader already has.” —Shelf Awareness “The casual but polished way in which Schwalbe writes about some of his favorite books—and smartly peppers in his own life’s stories—makes for an engaging and easy read. Books for Living quietly reminds readers that books are works of art that carry great import in our lives, and might even leave you wondering what your own list of books for living might look like.” —5280
“Very much a work for our age. . . . Vital.” —The Anniston Star