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That Good Night by Sunita Puri

That Good Night

That Good Night by Sunita Puri
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Mar 05, 2019 | 320 Pages
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“Visceral and lyrical . . . In a high-tech world, [Puri’s] specialty is not cures, but questions—about pain, about fraught prospects, about what ‘miracle’ might really mean. Her tool is language, verbal and physical. Wielding carefully measured words, can she guide but not presume to dictate? Heeding the body’s signals, not just beeping monitors, can she distinguish between a fixable malady and impending death? Puri the doctor knows that masterful control isn’t the point. For Puri the writer, her prose proves that it is.”
—The Atlantic
 
“A beautiful, lyrical narrative that provides great insight on living more fully.” 
—Forbes

“A profound exploration of what it means for all of us to live—and to die—with dignity and purpose.”
—People (named a People book of the week)
 
“Honest and brutal, Sunita Puri’s book is also beautiful and deeply reassuring. . . . [That Good Night] will change how you see mortality and end-of-life decisions, and how you discuss these subjects with loved ones.”
Spirituality & Health

“A wonderful memoir, thoughtful and feelingful . . . If it reminds you of the great book on this subject by another physician (Atul Gawande, Being Mortal, 2014), well, you’re right, but this one is—not better, necessarily, but just as clear-eyed, and warmer in tone and tenor. It’s saying a lot to say that it’s every bit as brave and tough, but it is. . . . we come home from this exploration not just wiser than when we entered on it, but more fully alive.”
The Shawagunk Journal

That Good Night is a timely and important work: an insider’s view of caring for the sickest patients and a moving exploration of life’s impermanence. Sunita Puri’s deft attention to language, both in her writing and in her work as a doctor, is a testament to the power of story, narrative, and context to help us make sense of life and its end.”
—Lucy Kalanithi, MD, widow of Paul Kalanithi, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling book When Breath Becomes Air 

“Rich with piercing insights about life and death in modern medicine, Dr. Sunita Puri’s memoir braids together beautifully written narratives of her patients with her quest to understand her place in her family and her path as a doctor.”
—Ira Byock, MD, author of Dying Well and The Best Care Possible

“With exquisite prose, keen insight, and endless intellectual curiosity, Puri shows us the ways that dying is woven into living and, as such, deserves not just acceptance but close attention, deep respect, even celebration. This is a lively and fascinating book that will be a crucial part of the expanding cultural conversation about how we think about death. Everyone alive should read it.”
—Meghan Daum, author of The Unspeakable

“The face of the new generation of physicians, Dr. Sunita Puri’s book reflects the art and craft of practicing medicine. There’s no harder diagnosis to process than a fatal illness, and when it happens you need a doctor with the space, time, and desire to extend empathy. Without that, it doesn’t matter what we mandate, legislate, propose or discuss. With that, Dr. Puri implicitly suggests, we can find out what our patients need to make their dying—and so also their living—easier, better, richer.”
—Victoria Sweet, author of Slow Medicine and God’s Hotel

“A profound meditation on a problem many of us will face; worthy of being mentioned in the same breath as Atul Gawande’s Being Mortal.”
—Kirkus
(starred review)

“Recognizing the complementary paths of science and spirituality, [Puri draws] upon the strength, support, and wisdom of her family’s beliefs and values—honoring life and accepting death—to help her patients make ‘eleventh-hour’ choices. . . . This is a powerful memoir, which Puri narrates with honesty, poise, and empathy.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Moving . . . Puri’s writing shines . . . An affecting read about the limits of medicine and embracing that which is beyond one’s control. The stories of Puri’s patients and their families will resonate with readers.”
—Library Journal (starred review)

“This thoughtful treatise on life, death, and medicine should make readers feel more grateful for every day they have because, as Puri and her colleagues come to realize, no one knows what’s coming or when to their loved ones or themselves.”
Booklist (starred review)

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