When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

When Breath Becomes Air

Paul Kalanithi with Abraham Verghese (Contributor)

228 pages first pub 2016 (editions)

nonfiction health memoir emotional reflective sad medium-paced


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, on the verge of comp...

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emotional 85%
reflective 77%
sad 76%
inspiring 60%
hopeful 30%
informative 29%
challenging 24%
dark 8%
tense 3%
funny 2%


medium 57%
fast 31%
slow 11%

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