There’s a book out right now that has everyone talking on both sides of our counter. Customers can’t get enough of it, and most everyone on our staff has taken a copy home too. As always when this happens, we like to share some of the conversation we’re having in real life with our readers online, so we’re devoting this week’s blog post to When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi.
This riveting memoir tells the story of a young man like many others, exceptional only for his intellect and talent. From the many doors open to him, he consistently chooses the ones that lead to the most challenging roads, stacking up accomplishment after accomplishment. He earns multiple degrees in both the sciences and the liberal arts from the most elite colleges in the world, ultimately becoming a top-flight neurosurgical resident. He meets and marries a fellow doctor, weighs job offers in teaching, research, and surgery, contemplates impending fatherhood … the world is his oyster. And then, just midway through his thirties, he’s stricken with the same diagnosis he’s delivered to so many patients: terminal cancer. Kalanithi faces his mortality with the same clear eyes and wide heart that brought him worldly success, and his book triumphantly demonstrates how much life can be packed into a sentence before it ends, as they all must, with a full stop.
We invite you to join the conversation about this remarkable book in whatever way you’d like–comment on our blog, email us your thoughts, or just chat us up in person in the store ... continued