#1 NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER
For readers of Atul Gawande, Andrew Solomon, and Anne Lamott, a profoundly moving, exquisitely observed memoir by a young neurosurgeon faced with a terminal cancer diagnosis who attempts to answer the question What makes a life worth living?
“[When Breath Becomes Air] split my head open with its beauty.”
"This is one of a handful of books I consider to be a universal donor—I would recommend it to anyone, everyone"
"Rattling, heartbreaking, and ultimately beautiful, the too-young Dr. Kalanithi’s memoir is proof that the dying are the ones who have the most to teach us about life"
"Paul Kalanithi’s posthumous memoir, When Breath Becomes Air,possesses the gravity and wisdom of an ancient Greek tragedy. . . ."
"An emotional investment well worth making: a moving and thoughtful memoir of family, medicine and literature. It is, despite its grim undertone, accidentally inspiring.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Paul Kalanithi, M.D., was a neurosurgeon and writer. Paul grew up in Kingman, Arizona, before attending Stanford University, from which he graduated in 2000 with a B.A. and M.A. in English Literature and a B.A. in Human Biology. He earned an M.Phil in History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine from the Cambridge University before attending medical school.
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PAUL'S WIFE LUCY
Paul's wife, Lucy Kalanithi, M.D., wrote the epilogue to When Breath Becomes Air. She continues to share Paul's story with the world and to talk -- as a physician and a widow -- about caregiving, end-of-life care, bereavement, resilience and meaning in medicine.
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