Book Review- When Breath Becomes Air

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When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
Published by Random House on January 19, 2016
Genres: Nonfiction, Memoir, Medical
Pages: 208
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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 making a living treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. Just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated. When Breath Becomes Air, which features a Foreword by Dr. Abraham Verghese and an Epilogue by Kalanithi’s wife, Lucy, 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 young neurosurgeon at Stanford, guiding patients toward a deeper understanding of death and illness, and finally into a patient and a new father to a baby girl, 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? What does it mean to have a child, to nurture a new life as another fades away? These are some of the questions Kalanithi wrestles with in this profoundly moving, exquisitely observed memoir.

Paul Kalanithi died in March 2015, while working on this book, yet his words live on as a guide and a gift to us all. “I began to realize that coming face to face with my own mortality, in a sense, had changed nothing and everything,” he wrote. “Seven words from Samuel Beckett began to repeat in my head: ‘I can’t go on. I’ll go on.’” When Breath Becomes Air is an unforgettable, life-affirming reflection on the challenge of facing mortality and on the relationship between doctor and patient, from a gifted writer who became both.

When Breath Becomes Air was a very deep and thought provoking book. I was drawn into the narrative from the first page. The language Kalanithi used was absolutely beautiful, and the book was easy and enjoyable to read (which is not something you can say about many books about cancer).

The book was divided into two parts; the first part was about Kalanithi’s life before his cancer diagnosis, and the second part was about his life afterwards. Both were equally as compelling, and both very interesting and emotional.

I would definitely recommend this book to everyone, just because of how moving of a book it is.

I am going to give When Breath Becomes Air four out of five hearts.

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Book Reivew- Autobiography of a Serial Killer

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Autobiography of a Serial Killer by Travis D. Bickel
Published by CreateSpace on February 7, 2016
Genres: Horror, Autobiography
Pages: 139
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Unlike anything you have read before. A disturbing look into the mind of a serial killer, in his own words!

Not for the faint of heart or weak of stomach.

Autobiography of a Serial Killer was really disturbing. I was warned about that (I mean, the book clearly says “Dark and Disturbing” on the front and has a warning on the back). So yeah, I knew what I was getting into before I started reading the book.
That being said, the book still surprised me with its crudeness. It kind of made me want to go throw up. It really offered a true unfiltered look into the mind of someone deeply disturbed and twisted.
One thing I’ll say about Autobiography of a Serial Killer is that it is a truly honest account of what went on inside the mind of Leif Damstroft. So if you want to understand what motivates such twisted minds as his, this book definitely will help you do that.
I advise against reading this book unless you have a very strong stomach and don’t scare easily.

I am going to give Autobiography of a Serial Killer two out of five hearts.

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*This book was sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. This has not in any way affected my views or opinions of the book.