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Welcome to The Book Seekers' Book of the Moment for May and June 2021!

If you don't know what Book of the Moment is, you can find more information about it here but, in a nutshell, it's a bi-monthly event, during which we all read the same book and then discuss it. The first month is focused on reading the book, the second is focused on discussing it. This thread is dedicated to the discussion of the book and there will be lots of SPOILERS!!!! You have been warned! If you want to talk about your reading progress in a spoiler-free environment, this thread is the place for that, and it is always open and active so you can read at your own pace. When you have finished the book and are ready to talk spoilers to your heart's content, you should post in this thread. You can post in this thread at any time during the two months, but the Official™ discussion won't take place until the start of the second month. This thread will be active until June 30th. Don't fret if you're reading the book after that date ― you can add to the discussion at any time!

Our current Book of the Moment is...

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi!

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AGE RATING: Sa13+
GENRE: NON-FICTION
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At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade's worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated. When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi's transformation from a naïve medical student "possessed," as he wrote, "by the question of what, given that all organisms die, makes a virtuous and meaningful life" into a neurosurgeon at Stanford working in the brain, the most critical place for human identity, and finally into a patient and new father confronting his own mortality.

What makes life worth living in the face of death? What do you do when the future, no longer a ladder toward your goals in life, flattens out into a perpetual present? What does it mean to have a child, to nurture a new life as another fades away? These are some of the questions Kalanithi wrestles with in this profoundly moving, exquisitely observed memoir.

Paul Kalanithi died in March 2015, while working on this book, yet his words live on as a guide and a gift to us all. "I began to realize that coming face to face with my own mortality, in a sense, had changed nothing and everything," he wrote. "Seven words from Samuel Beckett began to repeat in my head: 'I can't go on. I'll go on.'" When Breath Becomes Air is an unforgettable, life-affirming reflection on the challenge of facing death and on the relationship between doctor and patient, from a brilliant writer who became both.

SPOILER!!: CONTENT WARNINGS!
Death (natural causes), cancer, descriptions of medical procedures.
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  • You can discuss anything related to When Breath Becomes Air in here. Spoilers ARE allowed and we encourage you to avoid using spoiler tabs where possible because it helps the discussion flow better.
  • If you want to talk about your reading progress in a spoiler-free environment, this thread is the place for that.
  • This discussion will be active until June 30th. That being said, the thread will remain open for everyone to discuss the book after that time, too.
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On a scale from 1-10 how hard will I cry? With my real life I might need to put this one on a shelf for a bit, but it looks so good and I will read it.
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This book ;___;

As I told Natalie, I've had this on my to-be-read list for a while, but knew it was a possibility for BotM so saved it to read with the Book Seekers. It's so moving and incredible.
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Another pull my heart out and cry book? GUUUUUUUUYS

On a scale from 1-10 how hard will I cry? With my real life I might need to put this one on a shelf for a bit, but it looks so good and I will read it.
I know, I knooooow, but it's wonderful and well worth reading. And I'd say... between 7-10 you will cry reading it. I cried.

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This book ;___;

As I told Natalie, I've had this on my to-be-read list for a while, but knew it was a possibility for BotM so saved it to read with the Book Seekers. It's so moving and incredible.
Have you finished it? What are your overall thoughts?
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I'm going to try to get this one from the library! But I'm not sure when I'll get to read it because I'm taking one last class. And trying to read all the other books on my shelf.
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I'm going to try to get this one from the library! But I'm not sure when I'll get to read it because I'm taking one last class. And trying to read all the other books on my shelf.
Ooooh! If you ever do read it, let us know what you think!
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Exciting! Let us know how you get on with it. I'm going to give some thought to what discussion questions I want to ask for such an emotional book, but I'll be posting some soon.
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So ... i took this out of the library on audio like a couple weeks ago... and couldn't remember how i fell into this title and then i stumbled upon this thread and remembered that i probably saw the title here when i was looking for books to check out

Anyway, what a heartfelt story. I kind of want to listen to it again, because ... it was just so powerful
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I am listening to it and I'm so glad I decided to pick it up. It is a wonderful book! I'm almost through it so I'll come back with more once I have finished.

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Wow, just wow, I was really worried to pick up this book. I am not one to pick things up knowing I will cry and just the thought of this book made me think I would ugly sob through most of it. Cancer is such a big awful thing around me. I have had many family members, friends, and even students fighting this disease in many different areas. I decided to jump in and read it and I'm so glad I did. It was so inspirational and just so amazing. I know everyone gets a different perspective out of things, but for me it was such an eye opener at how blessed we are to be here, be in a moment, and just live our lives with our faith (whatever faith that is for a person) It just was a story I needed to remind me of what is important in life. I did cry, that was going to happen, but it was a different sort of cry I feel like, it was of loss, but of bravery as well.
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