Nina Riggs died of metastatic breast cancer at the age of 39, and The Bright Hour is the poetic memoir that chronicles the last two years of her life. It is the bittersweet perspective of a dying wife and mother of two young sons. Read this when you’re in the mood for a book crammed with life’s big questions. Nina’s explorations into spirituality, truth, music and literature will prompt you to consider what it means to be human. It is When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi meets Tell Me More by Kelly Corrigan. Best paired with a kilo of rib eye, cooked sanglant, as they say: bloody.