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Hardcover When Breath Becomes Air Book

ISBN: 081298840X

ISBN13: 9780812988406

When Breath Becomes Air

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * 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 decade's worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor...

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Touching insights into humanity in times of crisis

Let me start by saying this books makes me cry every time. The sad beauty of listening to the author detail his own journey from doctor to patient, and how he finds hope (and at times loses it) is indescribable. I encourage everyone I know and now everyone I don't know too to please read this, especially in times of crisis.

Honest and bittersweet

I read this book in 2 days, though I could have finished in a couple of hours if I had the time. There’s nothing else to say, this book is honest and well makes you feel like you are seeing inside this guys soul. So raw and to the point. Usually when you hear about a person with a terminal illness it is usually from the mouth of others around that person. To hear a first hand account makes you look at life in a totally different perspective. May be hard to read for some.

Insight into the life and thoughts of a doctor facing terminal illness

Wonderful, inspiring story. Paul Kalanithi reveals the thoughts of a doctor facing his own mortality. He understand his diagnosis more than most patients and still clings to hope. Especially poignant because he has the rare advantage of seeing disease from the perspective of both the doctor and the patient.


One of my favorites!

Breath, air

Dr. K was real, open, honest. I was drawn ind and couldn't put it down and felt some of his pain, and triumphs. Breath becomes air is a reminder that we will all walk that path, but how we walk is more important than most of us realize or acknowledge.

Fantastic read!

I cannot recommend this book enough! It’s full of life, even through his own death. You feel the love for his wife and family, but you also feel the passion he had for neuroscience and for his patients. As a health care provider myself, I can’t help but truly appreciate I had the chance to read something so beautiful from such a wonderful neurosurgeon, husband, son, and father.

I hope I never get over this book.

Intimate,literate, profoundly moving. A journey down a road we will all make.

Powerful, Moving, Emotional

A touching novel about love, life, and loss. Sometimes it's only in the face of losing it all that we realize what all we really have. This novel is a gift to the world from a man who cherished his life to the last.

A Must-Read

I bought this as a resource for a paper I'm writing about death for a college course. My own husband died in 2015 from cancer, so reading this book was emotional for me. I'm glad I read it. Everyone should read this book. I felt like I knew Paul just from reading his book. And Lucy's ending was very well-written. I finished this in 2 days because I couldn't put it down.

It’s so amazing and so true!

I cried so much. Such a great talented human being. Extremely sad to see him go. All he says is so true. Questions that all human being should ask regardless of their social class, race or gender.

Just a Brilliant Man Lost

Both my husband and I read this in two days. Trying to find 10 used copies to give to our friends. Cannot recommend enough. Ten stars.

Great piece of work. It is will touch your heart definitely.

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