Afternoon Literary Club
Wednesday, February 28 at 1:00 to 2:30 (signup deadline is 3 pm, Feb 27)
home of Maggie Hobbs, 722 A Street SE
In February, both the Evening and Afternoon Literary Clubs will read the Pulitzer
prize winning memoir, When Breath Becomes Air (2016, 385 pp) by Paul Kalanithi.
Kalanithi was a neurosurgery resident finishing his many years of training when he
was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. In the 22 months that he had left to live
he wrote this memoir, called, by one reviewer “a great, indelible book, both intimate
and illuminating." Kalanathi, who studied both philosophy and literature before
he became a doctor, and was possessed by the question: what makes for a meaningful
life? This book, often compared to Atul Gawandi’s Being Mortal, is both the story
of his illness and his attempt to answer that question. One reader notes that “finishing
this book and then forgetting it is not an option."
members and social members
Reservations required, 4 places taken, 6 available.
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