When Breath Becomes Air

When Breath Becomes Air: A young doctor’s last words resonate

“You’re going to buy this book,” Ann Patchett, author and co-owner of Parnassus Books in Nashville, told an unsuspecting customer as she handed her a slim volume. “And it’s going to change your life.”

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When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi: EW review

Many memoirs about terminal illness are meant to inspire readers who have the luxury of pondering what it means to be alive. Paul Kalanithi could have written that kind of book when he was diagnosed with lung cancer at 36, just as he was about to complete a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon. Instead, he ended up with a very different kind of memoir.

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