The 40 Best Books of 2016

When Breath Becomes Air, Paul Kalanithi (Random House)
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When Breath Becomes Air, Paul Kalanithi (Random House)

Neurosurgeon Kalanithi died in 2015, as he was writing this inspiring and heartbreaking memoir. The book chronicles his life after the age of 36, when he was diagnosed with lung cancer. A stunning and unforgettable book about mortality, it features a foreword by Cutting for Stone author Abraham Verghese.

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