No one enjoys talking about cancer. It's not the ideal topic at the dinner table, or while you are out for drinks with your friends. Cancer is scary, and it's everywhere. Even if you have not experienced it first hand, you know someone who has. Someone who beat it and someone who did not. You may not be best buds, but you know them in some way.
The Emperor of All Maladies is a biography of cancer written by renowned oncologist, Siddhartha Mukherjee. It is basically a research book on cancer, that flows like a story. We get to meet his patients, whom Mukherjee captures beautifully, and it does get very personal at times. Cancer is all consuming, and you can see the fear and pain that comes with it.
Many of you have been there, but for those who have not, here's your chance to see what it's really like to experience such a heartbreaking disease. This book is clear and understandable, and it may help you relate to your friends or family members who have been through the journey.