When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
Do not miss this breathtaking book written by a neurosurgeon who receives a terminal diagnosis in his last year of residency. It is a poignant memoir and reflection on finding meaning in despair.
Riding the Bus with My Sister by Rachel Simon
A funny and frank memoir written by Rachel Simon, who is the sister of an mentally challenged woman. Simon follows her sister, Beth, through her six-day per week routine of riding city buses from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm on what becomes a journey of personal discovery.
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande
A riveting and honest look at Western Medicine’s inclination to look away from issues at the end of life and a call for honoring our intentions as we come to the end of our lives. Selected as book of the year by too many sources to list.
The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande (why doesn’t he just run for President already!)
A systematic look at the effectiveness of checklists in the building and aeronautic industries and a demonstration of how using checklists in operating rooms around the worlds could save lives and improve outcomes.