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'When Breath Becomes Air' by Paul Kalanithi

We will meet at 10:00am on May 15th at the home of Faye Hyken.

At the age of 36, 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.

This memoir chronicles Kalanith's transformation from a naive medical student into a neurosurgeon at Stanford, and finally into a patient and a new father confronting his own mortality. Life-affirming reflections on the challenge of facing death and on the relationship between doctor and patient, from a brilliant writer who became both.

If you are interested in more information about our book club, please contact Mary Louise Selzer at, or call 904-613-6147.