Internationally bestselling author of THE END OF YOUR LIFE BOOK CLUB, Will Schwalbe's new book is another gem for book lovers. An exploration of how reading guides us, comforts us and helps us make sense of the world and our place in it, through books as diverse as THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN, THE LITTLE PRINCE and READING LOLITA IN TEHRAN.
From the author of the international bestseller THE END OF YOUR LIFE BOOK CLUB, an inspiring and magical exploration of the enduring power of books - a must for all passionate book lovers, exploring books as diverse as THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN, THE LITTLE PRINCE and DAVID COPPERFIELD.
'I've always believed that everything you need to know can be found in a book.' Will Schwalbe
Why is it that we read? Is it to pass time? To learn something new? To escape into another reality?
For Will Schwalbe, reading is a way to entertain himself but also to make sense of the world, to become a better person, and to find the answers to the big (and small) questions about how to live his life. In this delightful celebration of reading, Schwalbe invites us along on his quest for books that speak to the specific challenges of living in our modern world, with all its noise and distractions.
Rich with stories and recommendations, BOOKS FOR LIVING is a treasure for everyone who loves books and loves to hear the answer to the question: "What are you reading?"
Inspiring and charming . . . Books remain, Schwalbe writes, 'one of the strongest bulwarks we have against tyranny.' And man, do we need bulwarks right now. Lots of bulwarks . . . Read Schwalbe's book. - A.J. Jacobs, The New York Times
Instead of trying to dust off some forgotten tome and convince us of its value, [Schwalbe] focuses on its pressing relevance at some critical juncture in his life. He isn't arguing - and certainly not shilling - on behalf of a book or author; he's passing on his own experience and leaving us to identify with it or not...Books for Living is [a] gift, and one that keeps giving. - USA Today
Moving... Schwalbe truly shines... It should convince even reluctant readers to pick up a book. - Boston Globe
Each chapter about a beloved book is a finely crafted, generously candid, and affecting personal essay... In this warmly engaging, enlightening, and stirring memoir-in-books and literary celebration, Schwalbe reminds us that reading 'isn't just a strike against narrowness, mind control, and domination; it's one of the world's greatest joys - Booklist *starred review*
Will Schwalbe has worked in publishing for many years.
He is the author of the international bestseller, The End of Your Life Book Club and the critically-acclaimed Books for Living, and co-author (with David Shipley) of Send: Why People Email So Badly and How to Do It Better.
He has also worked in digital media, and was the founder of Cookstr.com. As a journalist he wrote for the New York Times and the South China Morning Post.
He lives in New York City.
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