When Breath Becomes Air…Ebling’s Summer Book Club Discussion

Please join us for a discussion, virtually, on Wednesday, July 12th, 2023 from 12:00-1:00, of the extraordinary memoir and Pulitzer Prize nominee When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi. At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, the next he was a patient struggling to live.

Breath Becomes Air chronicles the author’s transformation from a medical student asking what makes a virtuous and meaningful life into a neurosurgeon working in the core of human identity – the brain – and finally into a patient and a new father. What makes life worth living in the face of death? What do you do when when life is catastrophically interrupted? What does it mean to have a child as your own life fades away?

This discussion will be held remotely (Zoom) and led by Micah Roberts. It is open to all students, staff, and faculty of the UW-Madison health sciences schools. The discussion group is limited to 18 participants. A free copy of the book will be available to each participant prior to the event. Register here.