Best Books: Mrs. Zimmerman


The favorite book of English teacher Mrs. Zimmerman is Paul Kalanithi’s When Breath Becomes Air. “This book is beautifully written. It allows you into the mind of a brilliant surgeon, husband, and writer who combines all of these roles as he explains how he was a brilliant surgeon who advised cancer patients until he himself had cancer. It’s compelling and sad and joyous all at once.”

Here’s the review:

25899336“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. 

What makes life worth living in the face of death? What do you do when the future, no longer a ladder toward your goals in life, flattens out into a perpetual present?”

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