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Book Recommendation

| On 31, Jan 2015

Mary Anne Schwalbe was an extraordinary woman who worked with refugees and cared enough about marginalised humankind to lend active help in dangerous territories. She made little of being shot at because, “You can’t do nothing.” Diagnosed with cancer that had spread from pancreas to liver, she outlived the six months she was expected to last. In her final couple of years, her son Will made use of the hours spent in waiting rooms, during chemo sessions and on journeys to start a two-person book club. What should be sad is uplifting and liberating as mother-and-son share fabulous books, pithy wisdom, and prepare for the inevitable. Long after his mother’s passing, the author is still struck with a desire to call her to talk about a book he’s reading, affirming her belief that” books are the most powerful tool in the human arsenal, and also how you take part in the human conversation.” A wonderful memoir for book lovers, the grieving, and anyone seeking personal enrichment. – Ella Tan

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