Lincoln City Libraries (LCL) Director Pat Leach today announced that "Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End" by Atul Gawande has been selected as the featured novel for the 2016 One Book - One Lincoln community reading program. LCL has sponsored the annual program since 2002 to encourage reading and dialogue by creating a community wide reading and discussion experience.
"Gawande, a practicing surgeon, addresses his profession's ultimate limitation, arguing that quality of life is the desired goal for patients and families. Full of eye-opening research and riveting storytelling, "Being Mortal" asserts that medicine can comfort and enhance our experience even to the end-providing not only a good life, but also a good end. Gawande offers examples of freer, more socially fulfilling models for assisting the infirm and dependent elderly, and he explores the varieties of hospice care to demonstrate that a person's last weeks or months may be rich and dignified."
The book selection process began in February, when a 15-member selection team of community readers narrowed a list of 151 nominations to three finalists. The two runners-up are "The Fishermen" by Chigozie Obioma and "Bettyville" by George Hodgman.
The books are available at all Lincoln libraries in various formats, including print, audio and eBooks. Discussions and special events are being planned. Visit http://lincolnlibraries.org for more details.