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Book Club


The Croatan Book Club's goals are to enhance the members' reading experiences and to promote communication among Croatan residents.

Next Meeting


Time: 06/15/2017 07:00 PM
Host(ess): Mona Saferstein
Discussion Leader: Mona Saferstein

All neighbors are welcome. Just read the book (or maybe not), bring a beverage or snack, and e-mail the hostess if you will be attending.

Current Selection


When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

Current Selection Cover

At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor making a living treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. Just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated. When Breath Becomes Air, which features a Foreword by Dr. Abraham Verghese and an Epilogue by Kalanithi’s wife, Lucy, chronicles Kalanithi’s transformation from a naïve medical student “possessed,” as he wrote, “by the question of what, given that all organisms die, makes a virtuous and meaningful life” into a young neurosurgeon at Stanford, guiding patients toward a deeper understanding of death and illness, and finally into a patient and a new father to a baby girl, confronting his own mortality. What makes life worth living in the face of death? What do you do when the future, no longer a ladder toward your goals in life, flattens out into a perpetual present? What does it mean to have a child, to nurture a new life as another fades away? These are some of the questions Kalanithi wrestles with in this profoundly moving, exquisitely observed memoir.

Future Dates, Books, Discussion Leaders, and Hosts


Date Title Author Host(ess) Leader
07/20/2017 Find Me Unafraid Kennedy Obede and Jessica Posner TBD TBD
08/17/2017 Leaving Time Jodi Picoult TBD TBD
09/21/2017 A Long Way Gone Ishmael Beah TBD TBD
10/19/2017 Station Eleven Emily St. John Mandel TBD TBD
12/07/2017 The RosieProject Graeme Simsion TBD TBD