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Publisher's Note:

In Being Mortal, bestselling author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming birth, injury, and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable. But in the inevitable condition of aging and death, the goals of medicine seem too frequently to run cou…

Overall Book Review:

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End is a fascinating book. Author and surgeon Atul Gawande tackles the tough subject of death, dying, and end of life care, but in an easy-to-read and informative manner. While Dr. Gawande admits that no one ever wants to talk about dying, he explains the importance of these conversations through patient anecdotes and his own personal experiences seeing his father die from cancer. Dr. Gawande also details many research studies, as well as explaining the advantages and disadvantages of hospice and assisted living facilities. The book includes four vital questions readers should ask themselves in regards to their own future and end of life care. While Being Mortal may seem bleak and somber, readers will find its information vital, making it a must-read book. 


Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  3 religious exclamations; 4 mild obscenities; 1 derogatory name.

Violence/Gore:  A few secondhand reports of violence including an auto-pedestrian accident and drunk driver crash; brief non-detailed scene of violent death involving a fire at a nursing home and a suicide.

Sex/Nudity:  A sexual reference regarding types of books and movies.

Mature Subject Matter:

Death of family members and friends, disease, aging, discussion of suicide and assisted suicide. 

Alcohol / Drug Use:

Patients use prescribed narcotics.

Overall Book Rating
Profanity/Language
Rating:
3
10
Violence/Gore
Rating:
2
10
Sex/Nudity
Rating:
2
10

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My mother was the one who sparked my love of books. Long before school instruction, she sat me down and taught me to read. My childhood was filled with trips to the library and bookmobile to find great books. My first loves were The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Pippi Longstocking series by Astrid Lingren. Now as a mom and speech pathologist, I am constantly looking for good, clean books to use at home and in therapy. I enjoy reading many different genres, but my favorites are usually historical fiction. I married my best friend, the “boy next door”, and we have a beautiful little girl who we often find sprawled out on the floor, flipping through picture books. Together our family likes to swim, run and play tennis. Besides reading, I also love to bake, garden and travel.