• The cover of the book When Breath Becomes Air

    When Breath Becomes Air

    Before picking up The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace, Kim finished Dr. Paul Kalanithi’s memoir When Breath Becomes Air, which chronicles the young neurosurgeon’s confrontation with his own terminal cancer diagnosis.

    “This book absolutely knocked me over. It is a gorgeous read. I love the conversation between Paul and Lucy when they are trying to decide whether or not to have a child and Lucy says, ‘Don’t you think saying goodbye to your child will make your death more painful?’ and he responds, “Wouldn’t it be great if it did? […] Lucy and I both felt that life wasn’t about avoiding suffering.’ I feel like he was saying, isn’t it wonderful to feel things? And if it’s more painful to say goodbye, that only means you really cared and loved in your lifetime, and that is a beautiful thing. I just love his outlook.”

  • The cover of the book The Tale of Despereaux

    The Tale of Despereaux

    As the mom of two boys, Kim admits that a lot of books she reads are kid literature, while reading to her sons at night. In her memoir, Where The Light Gets In, she reminisces about her mother reading to her and her siblings at night, so it’s a treasured tradition she’s passed on to her own children.

    “My mom used to read to us, so I spend a lot of time reading to my kids, and there is so much great children’s literature out there! We’ve pretty much read every book by Kate DiCamillo—she is awesome. All of her books are amazing, but our favorite is The Tale of Despereaux. My boys—and I—just loved that one. We also enjoyed The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, which was a little sad, but still an incredible read.”