The book club met and the eight of us assembled agreed we did not expect to enjoy Hitchen’s Mortality but due to author’s skill and the short length found it surprisingly readable. Stage 4 death and dying from an avowed atheist’s view was not morbid “there is no Stage 5” while his compassion, snark, and unbowed intellect came through. His examination of his pain, the humiliation of cancer and his exploration of his fears together with a wry, curmudgeonly humor further encouraged us to finish this reading, even knowing how the book ends.

Here are some authors the group is reading:  Joshua Ferris, EL Doctorow,  Nancy Horan, Charles Todd, RL Stevenson, Alan Furst, Lisa See