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When Breath Becomes Air

 Author: Paul Kalanithi  Category: Autobiography  Publisher: Random House  Published: January 12, 2016  Language: English  File Size: 1.7 MB  Tags: autobiographyBiographyDeathHealthMedicineMemoirNonfictionself help |  Download PDF

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi tells the incredible story of Paul Kalanithi, a neurosurgeon and neuroscientist who was diagnosed with and died from cancer in his mid-thirties. These blinks detail his extraordinary journey in search of the meaning of life in the face of death.

It explores the themes of facing death with the idea that even when dying, you can still find joy and purpose in life. In this section, he deals with the fact that his time is running out, and the things that mattered. Paul’s attempts to live a meaningful life in the face of terminal cancer make him intent on living in the present, but his reckoning with death also makes him consider how to leave behind a legacy through which he can positively impact the world once he is gone.

Literary awards

  1. Pulitzer Prize Nominee for Biography or Autobiography (2017)
  2. Wellcome Book Prize Nominee (2017)
  3. Goodreads Choice Award for Memoir & Autobiography (2016)
  4. Waterstones Book of the Year Nominee (2016)
  5. Prix Jan Michalski Nominee for Longlist (2017)
  6. Book of the Month Book of the Year Award Nominee (2016)