Anyone can recommend a book, but it’s rare that someone can fully articulate its lifelong impact. Will Schwalbe has the rarest of written 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, Books for Living. This memoir of sorts is not a list of Will’s favorite books, but instead an explanation of how certain books and authors taught him timeless lessons about our deepest longings. The night after I finished the chapter on Stuart Little and searching, I was so inspired I started reading it aloud to my children. Will’s voice leaps off the page and fills the room as only the most lively of conversations can. I can’t stop thinking about this book and wanting to read every title he mentions, if only to keep the conversation going with him.
You can come and meet Will in person at Island Books on Saturday, January 28th at 5pm. In anticipation of his appearance at the store, we’ve asked him some questions here. Click through to learn more about him.
But be warned: further interaction might send you home with more book recommendations than you can carry ... continued