When Breath Becomes Air

by Paul Kalanithi

Book Reviews

  • In order of recommendation, the books that helped me: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi - thoughtful, lyrical, exceptionally written by a dying neurosurgeon On Death and Dying by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross - seminal book on the "stages of grief' w/ many interviewsLink to Tweet
  • There’s only one book I keep with me at all times when Im traveling. Its also the book I suggest most to Founders Health, Fear, Vulnerability, Family, Meaning of Achievement, and most importantly the tension between Time & What Matters Going in my bag today before my flight! https://t.co/TC1zBEu1oRLink to Tweet
  • @caprashantmedhe @shiva_yb Good question. I need to think about the exact ordering, but they are all on this General Education page. Atlas Shrugged and The Alchemist definitely both in the top-5. When Breath Becomes Air as well. https://t.co/rpavsaVqytLink to Tweet
  • @noampomsky This is great book and capturing of the pathways that get cut off in death/breakups Read it paired with When Breath Becomes Air, for all the tearsLink to Tweet
  • I was touched by "When Breath Becomes Air.” It’s the best nonfiction book I’ve read in a long time. https://t.co/Pq9aet2plBLink to Tweet

About Book

THE NEW YORK TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER THE SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER SHORTLISTED FOR THE WELLCOME BOOK PRIZE 2017 'Finishing this book and then forgetting about it is simply not an option...Unmissable' New York Times At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, the next he was a patient struggling to live. When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi’s transformation from a medical student asking what makes a virtuous and meaningful life into a neurosurgeon working in the core of human identity – the brain – and finally into a patient and a new father. What makes life worth living in the face of death? What do you do when when life is catastrophically interrupted? What does it mean to have a child as your own life fades away? Paul Kalanithi died while working on this profoundly moving book, yet his words live on as a guide to us all. When Breath Becomes Air is a life-affirming reflection on facing our mortality and on the relationship between doctor and patient, from a gifted writer who became both.