The Mount partners with Cincinnati Public Library for “On the Same Page” citywide reading program

By: Jill Eichhorn

File Under: book club, partnership

Image: The end of your life book club, cover shot

The College of Mount St. Joseph is pleased to partner with the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County for the citywide reading program, On the Same Page (OTSP). This year's reading selection is, "The End of Your Life Book Club" by Will Schwalbe.

The Mount's library has copies of the book, which are also available through the public library. This is a wonderful selection for book clubs and the author will visit Cincinnati to discuss his life and career on Saturday, March 2 at 2 p.m. in the Main Library, downtown Cincinnati, Reading Garden Lounge. Books will also be available for sale and signing, courtesy of Joseph-Beth Booksellers. 

About "The End of Your Life Book Club":

“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.

Mary Anne and Will share their hopes and concerns with each other—and rediscover their lives—through their favorite books. When they read, they aren’t a sick person and a well person, but a mother and a son taking a journey together. The result is a profoundly moving tale of loss that is also a joyful, and often humorous, celebration of life: Will’s love letter to his mother, and theirs to the printed page.