As the semester winds down and days grow colder, Saint Louis University's published
authors have recommendations for great books to begin your New Year. In this occasional
mini-series, SLU authors share their favorite reads for a winter's day with their
fellow staff, faculty and student colleagues.
In this edition, Newslink reached out to Patrick McCarthy, associate dean of the University
Libraries, for a New Year's reading gem.
Patrick McCarthy (left) signs copies of Ethnic St. Louis with co-author Elizabeth
The book lyrically examines the role reversal of a physician with cancer and the intersections
of his life as both doctor and patient, which become in the end a single, integrated
whole. Kalanithi, a young neurosurgeon, wrote the book after receiving his own diagnosis
of fatal cancer.
For the past ten years, I have helped run the Literature & Medicine discussion group
at the Medical Center that uses the lens of literature – both fiction and nonfiction
– to explore the vocation of healing and the profession of medicine and health care. When Breath Becomes Air is one of the best books we have read.
Patrick McCarthy is associate dean of University Libraries and director of the Medical
Center Library. He is active with the large local Bosnian refugee community and is
the author of Ethnic St. Louis, co-written with John Wright and Elizabeth Terry, and After the Fall: Srebrenica Survivors in St. Louis.
'Billiken Bookmarks' is a mini-feature series that will appear with new reading recommendations
from Saint Louis University authors and bibliophiles in the lead-up to the University's
winter break. Recommendations for "Books to Begin the New Year" can be sent to Newslink until Dec. 20.