A tale of life and death

Oct 04, 2017

Thomaston — The Thomaston Intergenerational Book Club will discuss “When Breath Becomes Air” by Paul Kalanithi Tuesday, Oct. 17, at 2:30 p.m. in the main room of the library, located in the Thomaston Academy building on Main Street/Route 1.

Kalanithi was a neurosurgeon at Stanford University, diagnosed with terminal lung cancer in his mid-30s. He uses the pages in this book not only to tell his story, but also share his ideas on how to approach death with grace and what it means to be fully alive. The memoir chronicles Kalanithi’s transformation from a naive medical student to a neurosurgeon working in the brain, the most critical place for human identity; and finally into a patient and new father confronting his own mortality.

On the third Tuesday of every month, the Intergenerational Book Club, a group of men and women of all ages, comes together at the library to share opinions and ideas about the book selection. Extra copies of the books are purchased by the Friends of the Thomaston Public Library from the Annual Appeal funds; Kindle copies are also available.

All are welcome. Those who live in Thomaston and would like to attend but need a ride should call the library at 354-2453 a week before the discussion. The selection for Nov. 21 is “Writing my Wrongs” by Shaka Senghor. For the complete list of all the IGBC books chosen for 2017, visit thomaston.lib.me.us.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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