When Breath Becomes Air
by Paul Kalanithi
This is a book to read in one sitting, in fact, I challenge you to look away. One man’s meditation on his life in medicine, set against his terminal diagnosis with inoperable cancer part way through the writing. Powerful, poignant stuff, not least his wife’s afterword.
There is nothing mawkish here, just beautiful writing that is as much about life as death, a book everyone should read.