Book Group will meet on Thursday, June 9, at 7:30 a.m., and Friday, June 17, at noon, to discuss When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi.
At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated. When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi’s transformation from a naïve medical student “possessed,” as he wrote, “by the question of what, given that all organisms die, makes a virtuous and meaningful life” into a neurosurgeon at Stanford working in the brain, the most critical place for human identity, and finally into a patient and new father confronting his own mortality.
Boston Children’s Hospital personnel are encouraged to join us in our new location in the Library at the Longwood Center, in the Media Room (LC 5116), on Thursday, June 9, at 7:30 a.m., or Friday, June 17, at noon, to participate in discussion about this memoir. If you would like to be added to our Book Group email distribution list, please email the Library.