The Book Lois Lowry Most Often Gives as a Gift

Because my wife is probably the coolest person on the planet, she wanted to have a book-nerdy day of celebration on her birthday. We spent the day bouncing around the Library of Congress's National Book Festival and then ended the evening with a staged adaptation of "Sense and Sensibility" at the Folger Shakespeare Theater here in DC. Yes, the day of celebration was for her but I had a blast as well.

One of the coolest parts of the day was when we got to listen to a half hour interview of one of my favorite childhood authors, Lois Lowry, author of "The Giver" (and the rest of that quartet).

Lois Lowry being interviewed at The National Book Festival on September 24th, 2016.

Lois Lowry being interviewed at The National Book Festival on September 24th, 2016.

The author was asked many excellent questions about her past, her process, and her characters. Of all the questions she was asked, though, the one I found most insightful was "What book do you most often give people as a gift?"

"When Breath Becomes Air" by Paul Kalanithi

The book Lois Lowry says she has given most often as a gift this year has been "When Breath Becomes Air", which is "a powerful look at a stage IV lung cancer diagnosis through the eyes of a neurosurgeon." I personally have not yet read it but with a rating of 4.7 stars, a personal recommendation from Lois Lowry, and the honor of being a #1 New York Times Best Seller, I think I'll be giving it a read very soon.

Have you read it? Would you also recommend it?

(Thanks for making our Christmas lists easier this year, Lois Lowry!)