Books for Living
- Some Thoughts on Reading, Reflecting, and Embracing Life
- Narrated by: Jeff Harding
- Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 27-12-16
- Language: English
- Publisher: Random House Audio
Why is it that we read? Is it to pass time? To learn something new? To escape from 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. In each chapter he discusses a particular book - what brought him to it (or vice versa), the people in his life he associates with it, and how it became a part of his understanding of himself in the world. These books span centuries and genres (from classic works of adult and children's literature to contemporary thrillers and even cookbooks), and each one relates to the questions and concerns we all share. Throughout, Schwalbe focuses on the way certain books can help us honor those we've loved and lost and figure out how to live each day more fully. 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?"
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Customer ReviewsMost Helpful
By Kenneth W. Cole on 04-09-18
I found some great thoughts, but a little too much about the "gay life" for me.
By Amazon Customer on 30-09-17
A book for those who love books
Thoughtful, introspective and beautifully written. A book lover reflecting on his life through the prism of the books he has read. I also learnt about some authors I had not heard about and I look forward to exploring their works.
The only thing I didn't like was the fake soft tone the narrator used for reading passages written by women.