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4. 'The End of Your Life Book Club,' by Will Schwalbe

Will Schwalbe's memoir "The End of Your Life Book Club" chronicles the last two years of his mother's life and the books they shared together during those months. This is a book that Nelson calls "bookish but also human" as Schwalbe explores the relationship he and his mother develop through their shared reading. "Get out the tissues," advises Nelson, "but not in a cloying way." What's touching here, she says, is that Schwalbe is "the son you'd like to have and she's the mother we'd all like to have."

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