Books That Will Shape Your Life

This section of our website is in honor of Dr. Paul Kalanithi.

The late Paul Kalanithi, who became a philosopher, neurosurgeon, and author of a #1 New York Times Bestseller When Breath Becomes Air (2016) before he passed away in his late 30s,  was the son of immigrants and went to high school in a county with a public school system that was rated by the U.S. Census as the least educated district in America. He explains in When Breath Becomes Air (2016) “My mother, afraid the impoverished school system would hobble her children, acquired, from somewhere, a ‘college prep reading list’….She had not read many of the books on the list herself. But she would make sure her kids were not deprived… Endles books and authors followed….Books became my closest confidants, finely ground lenses providing new views of the world” (pp. 26-27).

On this site, we are providing a college prep reading list, and hope, like Paul, you would read, see the world sharply, fulfill your potential, and make a lasting difference in others’ lives.
(Source: Kalanithi, Paul. When Breath Becomes Air. Corovonado, Inc., 2016.)
We have chosen a recommended reading list from online, although we look forward to hopefully soon providing a reading list with our own reviews of the recommended books. Until then, though, we want to encourage you to keep reading!
Click on the link below to see a list of books we hope you would read: