Great Book: When Breath Becomes Air

When Breath Becomes Air on The Sent

I ordered When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi, when it was first printed last year, but held off on reading it until this summer. Knowing that it was a heavy read about a neurosurgeon who quickly and brutally loses his fight with stage 4 cancer I wanted to make sure I read it when I was in a quiet moment where I could really process what I was reading. Kalanithi was one of those unique souls who was completely talented in many different arenas. A sought after neurosurgeon whose career was about to explode on the research and surgery front – he was also an exceptional writer. His words about life, love, relationships, being a doctor, and facing a terminal illness came closer to poetry than prose. I wept while Kalanithi pragmatically explained what it was like to feel cancer in his body. And I cringed as he, once the doctor and then the patient, experienced what it was like to be on the other side of the diagnostic table. I finished, feeling this book should become a “must read” for anyone who is venturing into the medical field. Kalanithi beautifully tackles the topics of healing, hope, compassion, life and death. It’s a must read.


  1. It is sitting on my bedside table! My buisness partner Patricia Espinosa was just telling me I HAD to read as she finished it on vacation. Thank you for your review and all your posts. Also, thank you so much for your referral to your friend – we are now listing her beautiful pieces on The Local Vault! Enjoy this beautiful day – I think I will read by the pool!!

  2. Cristina Young says:

    Loved this book so much. Listened to it on Audible while taking some long walks this summer. Terribly sad, but also inspiring!

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