Fans of Nonfiction Book Group

The Fans of Nonfiction Book Group will meet the first Wednesday of the month from 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM in the Applegate Room.

A new book club for people who love nonfiction books! Join us this September for our first book discussion. Visit the Reference Services Desk to pick up a copy of this month’s book. During each book meeting, Library presenters will come prepared with topic background research, providing new and interesting insights. Light refreshments will be served. No registration is required and new members are welcome.

When Breath Becomes Air

Wednesday, September 6th

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

This 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?

At the age of thirty-six, 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.