When breath becomes air
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Contributors:
Verghese, A. 1955- writer of foreword.
Malhotra, Sunil, narrator.
Campbell, Cassandra, narrator.
Published:
New York, New York : Random House Audio :, [2016].
Format:
Audio CD
Edition:
Unabridged.
Physical Desc:
5 audio discs (5 1/2 hr.) : digital, CD audio ; 4 3/4 in.
Status:
Description
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST - T his inspiring, exquisitely observed memoir finds hope and beauty in the face of insurmountable odds as an idealistic young neurosurgeon attempts to answer the question What makes a life worth living?

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review - People - NPR - The Washington Post - Slate - Harper's Bazaar - Time Out New York - Publishers Weekly - BookPage

Finalist for the PEN Center USA Literary Award in Creative Nonfiction and the Books for a Better Life Award in Inspirational Memoir

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 na ve 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? 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 death and on the relationship between doctor and patient, from a brilliant writer who became both.

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Compact discs.
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Read by Sunil Malhotra and Cassandra Campbell.
Description
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.
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APA Citation (style guide)

Kalanithi, P., Verghese, A. 1., Malhotra, S., & Campbell, C. (2016). When breath becomes air. Unabridged. New York, New York: Random House Audio.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Paul, Kalanithi et al.. 2016. When Breath Becomes Air. New York, New York: Random House Audio.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Paul, Kalanithi et al., When Breath Becomes Air. New York, New York: Random House Audio, 2016.

MLA Citation (style guide)

Kalanithi, Paul,, A. 1955- Verghese, Sunil Malhotra, and Cassandra Campbell. When Breath Becomes Air. Unabridged. New York, New York: Random House Audio, 2016.

Note! Citation formats are based on standards as of July 2010. Citations contain only title, author, edition, publisher, and year published. Citations should be used as a guideline and should be double checked for accuracy.
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