Books Being Mortal Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande Hardcover, 282 pages, Henry Holt & Co, List Price: $26 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleBeing MortalSubtitleMedicine and What Matters in the EndAuthorAtul Gawande Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon iBooks Independent Booksellers NPR Summary A prominent surgeon argues against modern medical practices that extend life at the expense of quality of life and outlines suggestions for freer, more fulfilling approaches to death that enable more dignified and comfortable choices. Genres: Nonfiction History & Society Science & Health Awards and Recognition 64 weeks on NPR Hardcover Nonfiction Bestseller List Also by Atul Gawande The Checklist Manifesto Better Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email NPR stories about Being Mortal The Book Concierge: Find your next read with NPR's 2014 book guide >> NPR hide caption toggle caption NPR Books NPR's Book Concierge: Our Guide To 2014's Great Reads December 3, 2014 NPR staff and critics selected some 250 standout titles. Now it's up to you: Choose your own adventure! Use our tags to filter books and find the perfect read for yourself or someone else.