Books for Living

Books for Living

Knopf | December 27, 2016 | 268 pages

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 often 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 connecting with people face-to-face; 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 finding friends; Elie Wiesel's "Night" to choosing to do something in the face of injustice; 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 have you been reading lately?"

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ISBN: 9780385353540

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