Have Books Made an Impact on Your Life?

Calling all bibliophiles! We know there are some of you in our Denver senior living center. A new book by author, Will Schwalbe, details how different literary works have impacted his life. Check out the full review of Books for Living below from our friends at 5280.

http://www.5280.com/cultureandevents/books/digital/2017/02/colorado-bookshelf-%E2%80%9Cbooks-living%E2%80%9DColorado Bookshelf: “Books For Living” | 5280 I first opened Books For Living while waiting to board a plane at Denver International Airport. As I started reading the introduction, the moment struck me as serendipitous: The book’s opening scene takes place in an airport. Author Will Schwalbe details what he’s dubbed the Reader’s Nightmare: He’s about to board a plane when he realizes he’s completely book-less. Frantically, he runs through the airport, looking for a bookstore. The final boarding call is announced over the loudspeakers, but he can’t find a single book anywhere. Faced with missing his flight or boarding the plane literarily starved, he begins to scream. The dream ends as his scream echoes.

In each stand-alone chapter, Schwalbe intimately—and anecdotally—explains a literary work’s impact on his life. His books choices are diverse (David Copperfield and The Taste of Country Cooking both find space in the pages) and sometimes his takeaways are slightly surprising: In his chapter on George Orwell’s 1984, Schwalbe contemplates the stew of isolation, addiction, and fatigue caused by our constant obsession with our screens, social media accounts, and devices. Meanwhile Girl on the Train, a 2015 suspenseful thriller, taught Schwalbe about the importance of trust—even the act of trusting blindly. To see how he arrived at such a lesson, you’ll have to pick up a copy. Read more…


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