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Sep 24, 2021
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May 25, 2021redtayres rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
The author is clearly a brilliant man, cut down by cancer right about the time his brilliant career should have soared into overdrive. I liked parts of the book (mostly observations about how doctors themselves act and feel; did you know…
May 11, 2021mikeedm rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Hard to read and not be moved by this book. Thankful that the author took the time and effort to write. The contents of this book will stay with me for a long time, maybe forever.
Apr 13, 2021
I read this book 3 times. I am not a reader of fiction, just cookbooks ! I’m a nurse, mother and wife. Clearly, it moved me to tears. He couldn’t decide between writing and fixing brains, and he nailed both.
Mar 26, 2021julia_sedai rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
Interesting, thought-provoking, inspiring read. I was actually most interested in the parts about his being a neurosurgeon - I don't know much about the medical world in general so it was fascinating to read the kinds of things they…
Mar 25, 2021niewegec rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Paul Kalanithi was an extraordinary neurosurgeon who had his career cut short after finding out he had stage 4 lung cancer. I thought this memoir was beautifully well written, and does a great job of demonstrating that even if one who…
Mar 24, 2021DanglingConversations rated this title 3 out of 5 stars
While this is a touching and tragic story of a young man cut down by cancer at the beginning of a difficult career, the story is not outstanding as literature.
Oct 26, 2020
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Mar 10, 2020carolwu96 rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
Paul Kalanithi was successful by every societal standard. He had graduated from Stanford with double majors in English and Biology and earned advanced degrees in both fields before becoming a Chief Resident at the Stanford Hospital. He was…
Jan 30, 2020LoganLib_Kirra rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
When Breath Becomes Air is a moving memoir from a young neurosurgeon diagnosed with a terminal cancer. After working tirelessly for a decade training, learning and performing surgeries Paul is almost at the end of his residency when he…
Jan 24, 2020SusyHendrix rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
Kalanithi's prose is a bit leaden and the flow isn't always smooth, but he showed promise as a writer. It is sad he had to die so young. This short memoir is a touching testament to a man who came to grips with his own mortality and made…
Dec 29, 2019FPL_Sunita rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
When Breath Becomes Air is a memoir by Paul Kalanithi, who was a neurosurgeon, husband and father. A must read powerful small book is all about a subtle yet profound reality check and truly proves its purpose, to give you a clarity about…
Nov 24, 2019
Nov 11, 2019IndyPL_SarahW rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
This is an intimate and detailed account of Dr. Kalanithi's diagnosis of Stage IV Lung Cancer. Dr. Kalanthi was in the prime of his life at 36 following years of training as a neurosurgeon and enjoying his young married life when he was…
Aug 08, 2019mebacher rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
I would not have read this if it wasn't a selection for my Book Club, but I'm glad I did. Beautiful and breathtaking and sad.
Jul 06, 2019EljayJohnson rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
A memoir/essay/treatise by a brilliant neurosurgeon who died before the age of 40 from cancer. Part One - his story of his search for meaning as a doctor dealing with untold death amid fervent striving for a fulfilling life - was profound…
Mar 16, 2019lorraineacasas rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
Maybe I wasn’t in the mood for this type of book.. it was a book I kept putting down until I forced myself to finish it. It was gripping in some parts, but seemed rushed (rightfully so). I did start liking it by the middle and end. The…
Dec 17, 2018rocaadri rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
Best part about book was psychologist advice while he had cancer.
Nov 27, 2018ayles rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Nov 27/18 What a lovely book. When "breath becomes air" words and phrase are so well written. I often find myself reflecting back to this book which I read in the spring of 2018. Enjoy. DAP
Nov 16, 2018aerinmelkor rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
This is a book that I read repeatedly, and every time, I come away with new things I love from the book. From the word choice to new quotes that I cannot help but write down somewhere, it brings a plethora of inspiration with each…
Aug 26, 2018NaMe24 rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
Closest I've come to crying at the end of a the book. But I'm not a child, SO I DIDN'T CRY OKAY??? A great essay on death from a professional, philosophical, and ultimately human perspective. Written as a memoir on his life, an analysis…
Aug 23, 2018vitareader rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
Paul is a neurosurgeon that is just months away from his life time goal of graduating from residency and getting the big job offers when they discover he has cancer. The end was near but not the end that Paul and his wife had envisioned.…
Jul 27, 2018
Wonderful book! I read it from the library, but bought the book because I will read it again.
Jul 25, 2018TEENREVIEWBOARD rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
Paul writes in a way that takes us into his life and into the lives of those around him. He gives us a glimpse of what it's like to face death and at the same time find his passion and live his life with his wife and family. He never…
Jul 24, 2018
Insight only someone living with a cancer diagnosis would have. Thank you to both he and his wife for being so vulnerable. Well written.