"My favorite read of 2016 is When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi, a memoir about a thirty-six year-old brilliant neurosurgeon, who one day he was a doctor treating patients and the next day he was a patient being treated for stage lV lung cancer. The struggles and the pain he endured during his final days gave him a clearer understanding of doctors and patients relationships and of his approaching mortality. It is a heartbreaking story and it served as a reminder to me that life is not always fair. Paul died before finishing writing his book. The book was published in January 2016 and was on the NYT Bestsellers list"
The best fiction book I read in 2016 was “We Are Called to Rise” by Laure McBride. It is about families, set in Las Vegas, Nev. A soldier recovering from his wounds in the Middle East, both physical and emotional, an immigrant family struggles to get by in the land of opportunity, a family woman and her family struggling to get by in the land of lights. It will challenge you to think about our responsibilities to each other and remind us that of our compassion and charity to each other.
The best non-fiction book I read in 2016 was “Life Is a verb: 37 Days to Wake" by Patty Digh. She challenged me to get back writing and being more creative. I went on to buy her second book that we don’t have in the library that is called “Creative Is a Verb."
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