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When Breath Becomes Air: By Paul Kalanithi

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When Breath Becomes Air: by Paul Kalanithi; Foreword by Abraham Verghese A 15-Minute Summary & Analysis
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When Breath Becomes Air is the auto-biography of author, Paul Kalanithi and is the only book he has written. This summary will cover the important concepts in the best-selling book by the beloved writer. The book is written in two parts and each section
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Paperback, 28 pages
Published February 14th 2016 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Brent M.  Jones
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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The book is about Paul Kalanithi who received a masters degree in literature and was planning on a PHD at Stanford but he had been obsessed with the question of "what makes life worth living in the face of death? His father had been a doctor. He wanted to know “where did biology, morality, literature and philosophy intersect?” He set aside his plans for literature and writing and went to medical school. He wanted to have relationships with the suffering, and felt that he could learn more about ...more
Patricia McNally
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
A good read but sad, even though the reader is aware that Paul has died you find yourself caught up in the story and hoping he will survive
Jennifer Booklover
Feb 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful book about the journeys that life sends our way. Paul's ability to describe things is such a joy to read. Inspiring story of the path of life to death.
Sandy Brehl
This adult medical/memoir/essay on life and death is a worthy read.
It's a genre finding more shelf-space in recent years, and I've read several, but this feels stronger and more intense and authentic than some others.
Jen
May 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I do not often give a book 5 stars. This was excellent. Not only because I enjoy the subject matter, involving medicine as well as philosophy, but also because the author deals with those topics so exquisitely. Incredible writer. I was highly impressed by this book.
Dev
May 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book reminded me of the movie, "My Life." Of course, the professional circumstances were different, but the emotional progression was the same.
Chiara
Sep 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
The last line, and the afterword, were so. so. sad.
Carol
May 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
a memoire worth reading... it is tragic but his life was beautiful in the short time he had.

Now I have to read about 4 uplifting books to adjust my mood.

Sharon Hedegard
Aug 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Interesting, but not as much as I expected. I see why it was written, but would not recommend for people who are personally dealing with cancer in a family member. It might be disheartening.
Gina
May 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a great book!!
Julie
May 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Brings up some emotions for sure. Some interesting wisdom.
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Heartbreaking and beautiful. This book reads so much like a novel that I often forgot it was non-fiction. Highly recommended but it will make you cry.
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Will I face death with grace? Most cower under tough circumstances but others soar. It was beautiful to read the words written while a man was soaring. And, like whipping cream on mint hot chocolate, his wife's perspective and equally intelligent thought at the end doubled the richness.
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