- 31. The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee. This book's subject matter is vast and its goal ambitious, but it is still somehow incredibly readable. It's not quite a page turner—I often had to put the book down just to grasp the significance of a chapter or paragraph.
An assessment of cancer addresses both the courageous battles against the disease and the misperceptions and hubris that have compromised modern understandings, providing coverage of such topics as ancient-world surgeries and the development of present-day treatments. Reprint. Best-selling winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Includes reading-group guide.