When reading and reviewing books I am always mindful that, depending on genre and content, most books have a target audience of who will enjoy it and who will most benefit from it. That knowledge of genre and content influences how I consider the book. It is rare that I find a "universal" book, i.e. one that I think has the potential to benefit and interest almost any member of the human race. Paul Kalanithi's book When breath becomes air however is such a book.
It tells the story of Kalanithi's life, his upbringing and struggles with finding his identity and purpose in life. How he eventually settled into the career path of neurosurgery and he excelled at it before finding his life change course entirely when he was diagnosed with lung cancer.
It is poignant, beautifully crafted, thought provoking and deeply emotional.
No matter whether you are interested in medicine or literature or philosophy or even none of these things but just want to have a few hours to hear the story of a remarkable human being I would strongly recommend this book. see here to order it: https://amzn.to/2HWRiOu
Dr Chris Harper