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.
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?"
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!)