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When Breath Becomes Air
When Breath Becomes Air | Paul Kalanithi
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?At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decades worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated. When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithis transformation from a nave medical student possessed, as he wrote, by the question of what, given that all organisms die, makes a virtuous and meaningful life into a neurosurgeon at Stanford working in the brain, the most critical place for human identity, and finally into a patient and new father confronting his own mortality. What makes life worth living in the face of death? What do you do when the future, no longer a ladder toward your goals in life, flattens out into a perpetual present? What does it mean to have a child, to nurture a new life as another fades away? These are some of the questions Kalanithi wrestles with in this profoundly moving, exquisitely observed memoir. Paul Kalanithi died in March 2015, while working on this book, yet his words live on as a guide and a gift to us all. I began to realize that coming face to face with my own mortality, in a sense, had changed nothing and everything, he wrote. Seven words from Samuel Beckett began to repeat in my head: I cant go on. Ill go on. When Breath Becomes Air is an unforgettable, life-affirming reflection on the challenge of facing death and on the relationship between doctor and patient, from a brilliant writer who became both.Praise for When Breath Becomes AirI guarantee that finishing this book and then forgetting about it is simply not an option. . . . Part of this books tremendous impact comes from the obvious fact that its author was such a brilliant polymath. And part comes from the way he conveys what happened to himpassionately working and striving, deferring gratification, waiting to live, learning to dieso well. None of it is maudlin. Nothing is exaggerated. As he wrote to a friend: Its just tragic enough and just imaginable enough. And just important enough to be unmissable.Janet Maslin, The New York Times An emotional investment well worth making: a moving and thoughtful memoir of family, medicine and literature. It is, despite its grim undertone, accidentally inspiring.The Washington Post Possesses the gravity and wisdom of an ancient Greek tragedy . . . [Kalanithi] delivers his chronicle in austere, beautiful prose. The book brims with insightful reflections on mortality that are especially poignant coming from a trained physician familiar with what lies ahead.The Boston Globe Devastating and spectacular . . . [Kalanithi] is so likeable, so relatable, and so humble, that you become immersed in his world and forget where its all heading.USA Today Its [Kalanithis] unsentimental approach that makes When Breath Becomes Air so originaland so devastating. . . . Its only fault is that the book, like his life, ends much too early.Entertainment Weekly[When Breath Becomes Air] split my head open with its beauty.Cheryl StrayedFrom the Hardcover edition.
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KarenUK
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https://ew.com/books/2019/11/27/best-nonfiction-books-2010s/

So with this list my showing is very poor (as expected)!! 🤦‍♀️
2/10 on main list and only 2/10 on the next ten...
So only 4/20 ....
How many have you read? 😊💕

TiredLibrarian 4/10 from the main list, and none from the second, so I guess we're tied? 🙂I wonder how anyone can possibly come up with best books of the decade. Deciding on books for annual lists is hard enough! 📕
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ljuliel I‘ve only read 1 out of the 20 they listed. I‘m not one who reads all the bestsellers, I read stuff that sounds good to me , so I don‘t pay much attention to lists like that. (edited) 3w
merelybookish Also 2+2. I've read the Coates, Skloot, MacDonald & Laymon. 3w
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KarenUK I match two of yours.... Skloot and Macdonald... the others I read were the Lawrence Wright and Paul Kalanithi... @merelybookish 3w
Jas16 I did better than I thought I would 6/20 3w
Megabooks I read a lot of nonfiction and I‘m only 2/10 + 4/10. I found the list very man heavy and very memoir heavy. Not down with it. 2w
KarenUK @Megabooks That‘s odd, particularly as their fiction list was almost all female writers.... 🤷‍♀️ (edited) 2w
Lindy @KarenUK I didn‘t read as many of these as I had of their fiction list. 5/10 + 2/10. Agree that Between the World and Me is a top pick for the decade. 2w
Lindy @Megabooks The list is only one off from being a 50-50 female-male split: 9 out of 20 are by women. 2w
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It‘s an eye opening experience reading this book to rethink about our life before we face death. A doctor faces death every day and some even become immune to it. Im compelled to acknowledge how the dynamic of their relationship changes and stay strong despite the hardship they encounter and this is just one of the story that make me believe,there is someone out there willing to go through thick and thin with you.

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Jeannineth
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What should I read next?

JennyM Ooo...you are spoilt for choice! I‘d say either Great Believers or Maybe you should talk to someone. Both were excellent reads for me. Enjoy whatever you pick 😊 1mo
CoffeeCatsBooks The only one I‘ve read out of this is Through the Woods, so that one! 😂 Actually, it is a favorite of mine. 1mo
readordierachel I really enjoyed Bunny! 1mo
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Allthingsbooks
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Amazing...gut wrenching...and beautiful. I work in one if the top Cancer Hospitals in the US...I thought I understood...I really didn‘t till now.

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Great review - such a powerful book 1mo
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Kdgordon88
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At the beginning of the year I challenged myself to read at least one non fiction choice a month. These are the ones I‘ve read so far. 2 more to go. What has been your favorite non fiction book this year? #GratefulReads

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

TheBookAddict Becoming was my favorite NF book of 2019. I do have to admit that I probably only read 3 other NF books this year. Which one was your favorite? 1mo
Texreader I‘ve read a lot more nonfiction this year too. I‘ll have to think on my favorite 1mo
OriginalCyn620 🙌🏼📚❤️ 1mo
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sprainedbrain Nonfiction doesn‘t really draw me... I just checked and I have read exactly 3 this year. 😳 That said, my favorite has been 1mo
Kdgordon88 @TheBookAddict I loved Becoming and The Day The World Came to Town and really liked the rest except The Library Book. 1mo
Kdgordon88 @Soubhiville Thanks for the recs! Becoming Nicole is on my tbr but haven‘t heard of the other two. (edited) 1mo
Chrissyreadit I love the goal of one a month. I love non fiction, but mine take so much longer to read and I need to be more awake when I read it. 1mo
Billypar I enjoyed The Library Book. But I think my favorite of the year is either Mary Roach's Stiff or Joan Didion's Blue Nights. Both about death, but the similarities end there! I'm a little afraid of reading the one you tagged in this post, but I want to eventually. 1mo
TheBookAddict Oh, another one that I loved was 1mo
Reagan Som excellent books. Under the Banner of Heaven was really good. 1mo
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Outstanding and completely devastating

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AkashPhoenix
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Emotional!! The Author not only gives you the perspective of a Doctor treating his patients but after being diagnosed with Cancer, honestly tells you about how a patient feels & most importantly what doctors can learn on the Human Relationality side while treating. Bow down to Paul who fought like a warrior and lived up to the essence of life. No review can do justice to his writing. A book to be remembered for ages to come.

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AkashPhoenix
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“You can‘t ever reach perfection, but you can believe in an asymptote toward which you are ceaselessly striving.”

- Paul Kalanithi
#nevergiveup #searchforperfection #believe #whenbreathbecomesair

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AkashPhoenix
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“With what strife and pains we come into the world we know not, but ‘tis commonly no easy matter to get out of it.”

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Amandakay
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IvoryLunatic
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Congrats on the major milestone, @GrilledCheeseSamurai !! The tagged book is my favorite read this year because it really changed how I look at how other books are written. It‘s hard not to compare after that beautiful writing. Litsy has had a really good influence on my life. It‘s helped me make reading a priority again and also helps me put my feelings about books into words. Tagging @bcncookbookclub #sixdigitsamurai

GrilledCheeseSamurai Thanks for playing along! 💙 3mo
bcncookbookclub @IvoryLunatic The way how you talk about Litsy, I make your words mine one! I back for my reading almost everything mood!📚🤩 3mo
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marleed
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This is a beautiful memoir. It could only have been made exquisite had this neurosurgeon time to ponder the parts of his story that yearned for detail or perfected writing. But time did not belong to him.
I can‘t imagine what it takes to write through incredible physical pain, still saving lives, experiencing the new life of your only child - all while acutely aware of your own death.

Cathythoughts Lovely review! Yes ! A beautiful memoir 4mo
marleed @Cathythoughts Thank you! 4mo
BooknerdsLife What a beautiful review💗 I have yet to read this one...don‘t want to cry my eyes out yet 😔 3mo
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marleed @BooknerdsLife I remember talking with my brother in his final days of life and him explaining death was a selfish thing. You just can‘t move through it for the sake of other people. I thought a lot about that conversation as I read this book. 3mo
BooknerdsLife @marleed I‘m so sorry about your brother! I can‘t imagine how hard it must be to lose your sibling! it‘s hard for the loved ones who are left behind too...it‘s been almost 10years and I still miss & think about my Dad all the time. But it‘s also nice to know that they stay in our heart no matter how long. One of the reason I don‘t think I‘m ready to read this book yet. Sending lots of love your way💕 3mo
marleed @BooknerdsLife Oh thank you. It‘s been a while now so it‘s all good memories. 3mo
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1* “Human knowledge is never contained in one person. It grows from the relationships we create between each other and the world, and still it is never complete.” Paul Kalanithi, tagged book

2* tagged

#two4tuesday @TheSpineView

Sbk89 1) “I am relieved.
When I see the feminine presence
in a man‘s eyes.
It means he‘s a peace
I do not have to bring to him.

– ease.” Salt by nayyirah waheed. 2) the forty rules of love by Elif Shafaak
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Eggs @Sbk89 ❤️❤️ 4mo
TheSpineView Excellant quote!😍😍😍 4mo
Eggs Thanks I love that book so much 💔😢😢 4mo
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Booksnob
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What a great read about life and death.

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I'm not sure if the story got me, or if it is the fact that this book was published posthumously, but this book will pull the heartstrings! At the same time, maybe because I went the audiobook route, I did feel a slight distance throughout the book that I left me wishing for something more. I can't figure out if it's the writing, the reading, or my personal mindset while listening to it that is responsible for it. 🤔 Overall, it's a good read.

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1. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi. 2. Neither. 3. Sunrise. I love to read with the sun coming up. 4. I‘d make a downpayment on a new car or put it on my mortgage. 5. Probably fourth grade.

BarbaraTheBibliophage Good pick for #1. So intense! 5mo
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“A word meant something only between people, and life‘s meaning, it‘s virtue, had something to do with the depth of the relationships we form . . . Somehow this process existed in brains and bodies, subject to their own physiologic imperatives, prone to breaking and failing.”

40 pages in & I‘m floored. Wish I‘d read this book sooner. As an aspiring physician, he says everything I‘ve wanted to express, and more. What a mind, what a heart he had.

Cathythoughts Beautiful book 5mo
IvoryLunatic This is my favorite read from this year. It blew me away. It is so beautifully written. I must've recommended this book 50 times already since I read it. 5mo
ONH @IvoryLunatic for sure, I rented this from the library but I‘m going to have to get my own copy. I‘m sure it‘s something I‘ll be rereading often!! 5mo
IvoryLunatic @olivianixonhemelt that was my exact though. I had gotten it from the library too but definitely want it in my own library. 5mo
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Science may provide the most useful way to organize empirical, reproducible data, but its power to do so is predicated on its inability to grasp the most central aspects of human life: hope, fear, love, hate, beauty, envy, honor, weakness, striving, suffering, virtue.

Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air

#favourites #memoir #quote

Beatlefan129 I loved this book, but I cried so hard when I read it 5mo
IvoryLunatic @Beatlefan129 I ugly cried the whole way through the afterword. My dog and boyfriend were looking at me like I was crazy. 5mo
Niso @IvoryLunatic @Beatlefan129 it's heartbreaking, I didn't cry as much I needed breaks in between reading just to sit in silence and process everything. He was such a brilliant insightful man, doctor and writer, may his beautiful soul rest in peace 5mo
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Lmacharg
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Incredibly moving story of a physician coping with his own mortality in the face of terminal illness before he has realized his full potential.

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This book was absolutely amazing it really is. I think that anyone interested in any part of the medical feild should read this book it will make you laugh and make you cry I absolutely loved it could not put it down

Crazeedi This was a truly great book. And welcome to litsy!!🎉😊 6mo
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Day 1 of the #24b4Monday challenge. It was a great start with three books finished!

Slaughterhouse-Five: Not an uplifting read, but it was an interesting approach to post-WWII disillusionment. Also, if I ever hear “so it goes” again, I might die. 😂

When Breath Becomes Air: A Goodreads review describes this as “a gasping, desperate, powerful little book,” which is a perfect description of this truly amazing book.
#bookishbingo: Nurse protagonist

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BritanyA
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️: Paul is a 36 year old neurosurgeon with stage four lung cancer. If you can hang, read this book. It‘s a hard book if you‘re hurting from cancer.

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Tricky to review this one because obviously the author has passed away and it was written while he was terminally ill. But it wasn't what I expected at all. I enjoyed the parts that were about his illness, diagnosis and treatment, but there wasn't enough about that. The parts that were about his broader life were so full of unchecked privilege that it was hard to get through.

LapReader His wife is the better writer I think. 7mo
Sarz @LapReader Yes, definitely! 7mo
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Yangyangyang
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I decide to do regular health check from now on

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This should be required reading for all medical students.

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Such a moving, well-written book. It depends on the person and where they are in their journey, but this might be too intense for those in the throes of dealing with a cancer diagnosis or TBI.

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An important, life changing read. I knew what i was going in for when i picked it up (heartbreaking), but i have come out gaining wisdom on significance of relationships we forge, finding joy in what we do (for work and leisure), letting go the trivialities, understanding inevitability of death, and most supremely the meaning of life. This is something i see myself reading again in future. A profound memoir!

Cathythoughts Beautiful book♥️💔 7mo
sudi I have this on kindle, but never got to reading it. Which reminds how many ebooks i already own and i'm not even close to finishing the list 😁 7mo
batsy Lovely review ❤️ I want to read this, but I know it will be sad 💔 7mo
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Tanisha_A @Cathythoughts @batsy Loved loved it. A significant one! 💚 Sad, but full of life lessons. 7mo
Tanisha_A @sudi Hahah! That's a big (and good) problem, my friend! Hope you get to this soon! ❤️ 7mo
minkyb Heartfelt review! 7mo
readordierachel Great review 💕 7mo
Tanisha_A @minkyb @readordierachel Thanks ladies! 💌 7mo
RaimeyGallant Oh wow. Sounds like quite a memoir. 7mo
Tanisha_A @RaimeyGallant It is one which will not leave my mind ever! 7mo
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I don't know who's gonna kiss you when I'm gone
So I'm gonna love you now, like it's all I have
I know it'll kill me when it's over
I don't wanna think about it, I want you to love me now🎶

Amidst a blossoming career as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer at the age of 36. He died before completing his book. You can see in the image how much love this family had for each other
#lovemenow #amonthofsongs

Rachel.Rencher I literally cried so hard when I got to the end of this book 😭 7mo
Cathythoughts Beautiful book 👍🏻♥️💔 (edited) 7mo
looking_for_mikaela This is one of my favorites! ❤️ 7mo
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arlenefinnigan The final chapter destroyed me. Might relisten to this to spur me on in my fundraising for the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation. 💔 7mo
marleed Just thinking about this story makes me cry. 7mo
Crazeedi This was so good and so heartbreaking 7mo
OriginalCyn620 😢😢😢 7mo
erzascarletbookgasm Great pick! 7mo
BooknerdsLife I have the book on my TBR since forever but still too afraid of reading it yet...One of these days , I'll be brave enough to read his story 😢😢💖 7mo
Eggs @BooknerdsLife Do not be afraid. Though it may make you cry, it is actually full of love and life and emotionally intelligent themes 👏🏻💗🌸 7mo
BooknerdsLife @Eggs awww I know ☺️💕 I love what it‘s about & I will! Just put it on reserve from my library and will get to it ASAP 🙌🏼💜📚 But I already know my heart will break into million pieces with this one! 😭😭 7mo
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mnpopcan
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I couldn't put it down!

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#anglophileapril

(Day 20 - #EveryBreathYouTake)

*I haven‘t read this book, but I‘ve read about it...this doctor, who died at age 37, wrote a bestselling memoir about his struggle with lung cancer. The prompt reminded me that I need to read this book (maybe we all should read it). I‘ve read only great things about Kalanithi‘s book (forward is contributed by Abraham Verghese, another inspired writer).

Cinfhen I have read this book. It‘s excellent but the REALLY powerful part for me was the epilogue written by his wife 💥💥Her writing and “story” was breathtaking 😭😭😭 8mo
gradcat @Cinfhen Oh, thanks for telling me. I wasn‘t aware of that—it just makes me want to read it more. I‘m glad to have heard from someone who has actually read it, so thanks very much for commenting. On another note, are you close to being ready for Passover? ♥️👋 8mo
erzascarletbookgasm I agree with @Cinfhen , the epilogue was really touching, I gave it a Pick because of the epilogue. 8mo
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gradcat @erzascarletbookgasm Okay, well I‘ve stacked it, so hopefully I‘ll remember to get to it. Was it that his portion was too much of a downer, or what? It sounds like both you and @Cinfhen didn‘t really love the main body of the book...? 8mo
Cinfhen For me, and I feel terrible saying this, Paul approached his illness clinically so book read a little cold/impersonal but his wife wrote from the heart and that left such an impression. 8mo
Cinfhen Passover began last night and so far it‘s been a lovely holiday filled with family & friends 💕thanks for asking 8mo
Reviewsbylola It‘s a fantastic book. I‘ve read it twice. 8mo
gradcat @Cinfhen I guess he couldn‘t get away from his “physician” self...thanks so much for elaborating. And I‘m happy you‘re having a nice holiday so far...hope it continues in that vein. 👍 8mo
gradcat @Reviewsbylola Thanks for weighing in! I appreciate you 😍 8mo
Mdargusch I‘m afraid to read this one. Sounds too heartbreaking. 💔 8mo
gradcat @Mdargusch I know what you mean...that‘s probably why I haven‘t read it yet. 8mo
emilyhaldi I can‘t read books about sickness and dying 😩 8mo
gradcat @emilyhaldi I know, they do seem like the kinds of books that would bring a person down, or at the very least, just add to the load of concerns that one is already carrying around on one‘s back, if you know what I mean. 😔 8mo
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I would not recommend reading this book on your commute. Unless you enjoy crying in front of strangers, in which case I would highly recommend reading this book on your commute. Loved the above quote that Kalanithi references several times throughout (it‘s Samuel Beckett) and the above picture was an installation at Art Basel by Alfredo Jaar. Read the book.

charl08 Love the art. I'm not sure I could bear the book... 8mo
Itchyfeetreader I have this in my TBR but took a call I wasn‘t ready for it to come off the shelf yet 8mo
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This book is so full of meaning with its thoughtful reflections and wise conclusions about terminal illness and death. As a person who struggles with chronic illness and lost her father to cancer at 19, this was a difficult but thoroughly worthy read.

“What happened to Paul was tragic, but he was not a tragedy.”

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I‘m not crying, you‘re crying. #sadbooks #memoir

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Be prepared to love this man and be devastated at the end. I sobbed through the epilogue, half for the loss of Paul, and half in preemptive grief at the thought of losing my own husband. This is a stunning book. Part autobiography, but mostly existential examination of what it is to really live. The epitome of an examined life. Why did I wait so long to read it? ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Joanne1 Yes! 9mo
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I can't add much to the many positive reviews from critics and readers alike. It is beautifully written and it will likely touch you in unexpected ways. We know the ending but Paul Kalanithi's work reminds us that it is the journey that has meaning. Our lives are enriched each time we join someone on this journey or begin our own.

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Kindle deal for $1.99 USD 🥳 if you can handle the content 😭

zsuzsanna_reads I thought of reading it but decided I just couldn't do it from where I am in life right now. 😟 9mo
Smrloomis @zsuzsanna_reads I hear you! I thought it was very moving but sometimes you just need to avoid things that are too heavy or hit too close to home (or whatever). Perfectly understandable choice. 9mo
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The problem, however, eventually became evident: to make science the arbiter of metaphysics is to banish not only God from the world but also love, hate, meaning--to consider a world that is self-evidently not the world we live in.

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I was pursuing medicine to bear witness to the twinned mysteries of death...

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DoubleARon
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This was a powerful and moving memoir. Much like Tuesday's with morrie, but more personal. Beautiful writing and powerful prose.

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I had met her in a place where she was a person, instead of a problem to be solved.

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Hope you're enjoying Litsy so far 📖💖 10mo
Crazeedi Welcome to Litsy !!🎉🎉 10mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🌷🌷 10mo
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The author was a medical student, aspiring to be one of the best, when he was diagnosed with cancer. Such an insightful look on life and death from a doctor‘s and patient‘s perspective. This is his brave and inspirational story. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Crazeedi Great book 10mo
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I can‘t even begin to imagine the enormity of such a realization. We the living take so much of it for granted, forgetting we will all share in a few key experiences, chief among those being death. When Breath Becomes Air was well written, sometimes scientific, and a interesting glimpse into death.

#overdrive #nonfiction #saturdaymornings

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Thought-provoking

Soubhiville Hi there! Welcome to Litsy! 11mo
CrowCAH Welcome to the Litsy family!!! 📚 11mo
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ProfReader Welcome to Litsy!!! 11mo
tpixie 🥳📚🥳 Welcome!! 🥳🎉🥳 11mo
Crazeedi Welcome to Litsy !🎉🎉 11mo
RaimeyGallant And welcome to Litsy from me too! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. 11mo
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BarbaraBB
When Breath Becomes Air | Paul Kalanithi
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#WhenIGrowUp, he thought, I will be a famous neurosurgeon, but it went different. Kalanithi died of cancer at 37 years old.

The way he approaches the diagnosis is very scientific, probably the only way for him to deal with the situation. I can understand but it made this a difficult read for me as it felt very detached. The epilogue by his wife was heartbreaking though. How I wish for a world without cancer.

#MusicalNewYear #ReadingUSA2019 CA

LapReader I found his wife was the better writer. She brought me to tears. 11mo
catebutler I felt the same way about this book. The afterword by his wife, was my favourite part of the book! 😢 11mo
Cinfhen Same @LapReader @catebutler @BarbaraBB The wife‘s epilogue was 💔 You know she remarried the husband who lost his wife to cancer 11mo
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Cinfhen Stunning photo 11mo
Kaye Good job , completing CA. How many or what states do you have dine so far ? Are you picking in any order or just randomly ? I‘m just doing the random way 11mo
NatalieR Such a good book! Great pic too!! 11mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Really? That is quite special I think. I haven‘t read that one and I don‘t know if I can handle another such memoir any time soon 💔 11mo
BarbaraBB @LapReader @catebutler I think because her part was more emotional I liked it better, I felt I could connect to her in a way I couldn‘t to her husband. 11mo
BarbaraBB @kaye I‘ve read 5 states so far. I read them randomly and will post a map (the one you shared with me) at the end of the month to keep track of my progressing! 11mo
Cathythoughts I loved this one ♥️👍🏻 11mo
erzascarletbookgasm For me, the epilogue saves the book..brought tears to my eyes. 11mo
Cinfhen I‘ve heard that memoir is also heartbreaking. I‘ve lost to many people to breast cancer, and 2 of my 4 SIL are breast cancer survivors, I don‘t think I can read that memoir either 😢But I do love that their spouses found each other💕💕💕 11mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Oh no, that would be a real hard read for you then. 😢 11mo
BarbaraBB @erzascarletbookgasm I agree, it would be a so-so without the epilogue for me! 11mo
Librarybelle Nice review and beautiful photo! 11mo
Kaye Good job ,Barbara , will be interested to see your map. 11mo
Crazeedi @Cinfhen I did not know she remarried! 11mo
Cinfhen Yes @Crazeedi it‘s sort of a modern day love story 💕I‘m happy for them & their children 11mo
emilyhaldi Ugh, this is sitting on my shelf bc @Reviewsbylola convinced me to pick it up at a library sale, but I don't know if I will ever have the strength to read it 😆💙 11mo
BarbaraBB @emilyhaldi My mascara was on my lips once I finished the epilogue this morning 😭 11mo
Reviewsbylola I‘ve read this twice now. 😭😭😭 11mo
vivastory This sounds like such a difficult book 11mo
vivastory Emotionally anyways 11mo
Pricel101 @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB @kaye it‘s a hard read. @samjmitchell agree books like this need to be read & talked about! 💜🙏💜 11mo
samjmitchell I read it and agree! The beginning with him I asked a lot of questions - if this was my scenario, what would I do? (Funny enough, it became mine and I don‘t think I could read it now). The ending with his wife was very moving. That‘s a different cover then I‘ve seen here in Canada!! @Pricel101 (edited) 11mo
BarbaraBB @samjmitchell I am so sorry for you to hear that. This book must be way too hard to read for you now. I wish you all the best and strength and luck and miracles 🍀💕 11mo
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When Breath Becomes Air | Paul Kalanithi
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We go through life doing the things we are basically designed to. Rarely stop and think about the bigger picture. Humans being the only animals on this planet gifted with consciousness, is it justified to only do the basics? This book is about a person who wants to embrace the bigger picture and push to do something more. In his short life span he tries his best to touch as many lives possible through bringing justice to his vocation.

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saradxxiii
When Breath Becomes Air | Paul Kalanithi
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What a heart-wrenching way to begin the 2019 Popsugar reading challenge! This was my pick for “A book published posthumously” and I couldn‘t put it down! I got a little over halfway through the 2018 challenge, so it feels good to already have one down for 2019. 📚

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When Breath Becomes Air | Paul Kalanithi
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My 2019 Reading Resolutions are 1) Complete #LitsyAtoZ challenge 2) my own challenge to read one classic a month and 3) less screen time more audio stitching. What are yours?

Tagged book is my first read of 2019.

Happy New Year! 🎆

AmyG Happy 2019 🎉 11mo
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When Breath Becomes Air | Paul Kalanithi
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It‘s a wrap! Gift stack for my daughter!!! It brings me great joy that as she grows older she‘s developing a love of reading. She requested the bottom two and the top is from me. This type of book isn‘t my norm but I picked it up as she‘s pre-med neuroscience. So this gift is full of my highlights and scribbles. Hope she loves her mini haul!!!

RaimeyGallant Books make the best gifts. :) And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 12mo
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