Monday, May 30, 2016

Best of the Bunch: May 2016

Today I'm sharing the best book I read in May.

Of the 12 books I read this month, I had just one 5-star read, and it is definitely one of the best books I've read this year.

Being Mortal is a rare book that honestly and accessibly deals with the end of life and all that it entails. Atul Gawande takes us from nursing homes to hospitals to show how modern medicine's triumphs in extending life have made it harder and harder for us to accept the true end of life when it approaches. We focus on keeping the elderly "safe" even if it means depriving them of all the things that give meaning and quality to their lives. We put the terminally ill through painful, expensive, and increasingly fruitless efforts to extend their life just a little bit longer, even if it means they miss out on having a "good ending," where they can continue to pursue their goals and relationships and manage their suffering. I want to get this into the hands of every medical professional out there, but in the meantime, everyone else ought to read it too.

What is the best book you read this month? Let me know in comments, or write your own post and link up below!

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