We have our winner for Literary Lunacy! When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi is The Bookshelf's 2016 Book of the Year.
When Breath Becomes Air, is a memoir written by training neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi. His memoir details his experiences with coming to terms with his mortality. He wrote, “I began to realize that coming face to face with my own mortality, in a sense, had changed nothing and everything.” The memoir has a Foreword written by Dr. Abraham Verghese and an Epilogue by Paul's wife, Lucy.
This is an incredibly moving, and poignant memoir written by a man who was training to become a neurosurgeon; he transitioned from a doctor saving lives, to a patient struggling for his own. Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer, and went through a difficult journey. He began to ask questions he didn’t anticipate to ask at thirty-six years old with an emerging career and the birth of his baby girl. He questioned what the point of life was, and how can we move on and grow even in the face of death. Kalanithi passed away in 2015 while working on his memoir. This is a definite read. Kalanithi captures the relationship between patient and doctor, and the relationship we have with our family during life’s hardest moments.