Summer is a great time to escape: to the beach, to the mountains, or to the world of a great book. This year, I found myself drawn even more than usual to books that took me outside (and I don’t mean the great outdoors). The books on this year’s summer reading list pushed me out of my own experiences, and I learned some things that made me question my own thinking about how the world works.
Haider Warraich’s recent book, Modern Death, How Medicine Changed the End of Life,1 is timely. At a time when we strive for simple answers to complex questions, often utter the phrase “I have an app for that,” and condense our thoughts into a 140-character bite, Warraich, a cardiovascular fellow at Duke, engages a complex topic: What does death look like in our modern medical world? He weaves his personal and clinical stories together with threads of history, law, ethics, and spirituality.