The Must-Read Book Club


Stephanie Radler: I believe I read about it in the NY Times. I've worked with clients, cancer patients, to support end-of-life. My mother also passed away many years ago from ovarian cancer. This is a topic dear to my heart.

YCNYC: Favorite quote?​

SR The last lines Kalanithi writes are directed to his infant daughter. He writes, " When you come to one of the many moments in life where you must give an account of yourself, provide a ledger of what you have been, and done, and meant to the world, do not, I pray, discount that you filled a dying man's days with sated joy, a joy unknown to me in all my prior years, a joy that does not hunger for more and more, but rests, satisfied. In this time, right now, that is an enormous thing."

YCNYC: What one person would you recommend this book to?

SR: Residents during their medical training.

YCNYC: What moment or part resonates with you the most?

SR: The choices Kalanithi makes are conscious and mindful. His wife writes a heartbreakingly beautiful epilogue that made me cry and cry.

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