The Great Escape book club selection for 2018 is “Being Mortal" by Atul Gawande.
It's about dealing with the issues that arise at the end of life - where to live, what to do and what kind of medical care to pursue. Although that may seem a bit dour, the book's question based strategy: asking people what they want in the long run instead of telling them what they could have in the short run - is a useful tool. So many Great Escapers are facing, will face or have faced these questions and we hope that this book will equip us to cope with the pressures of modern life and medical care.
Gawande is a surgeon at Brigham and Women's and a wonderful writer. Many of the examples he uses in this book are drawn from events in his (Indian) family and his wife's (Anglo) family, which illuminates some cultural contrasts between attitudes toward aging. He also writes about people and institutions in MA who are providing innovative solutions for families. Below are the back of book review quotes from the paperback (the book is available in both hardcover and paperback.) Time Magazine said: "This should be mandatory reading for every American."