Tracy Kidder was not on my radar until I read Mountains Beyond Mountains, chronicling Dr. Paul Farmer’s quest to provide health care to the world’s poorest citizens through Partners In Health. Mountains Beyond Mountains definitely makes my top 5 book list.
“Tracy Kidder was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for The Soul of a New Machine, as well as being the author of the bestseller House. He has been described by the Baltimore Sun as the “master of the non-fiction narrative.”
Kidder’s newest book is going to be released on August 25th, Strength in What Remains. “It is a wonderfully written, inspiring account of one man’s remarkable American journey and of the ordinary people who helped him—a brilliant testament to the power of will and of second chances. Tracy Kidder once again shows us what it means to be fully human by telling a story about the heroism inherent in ordinary people, a story about a life based on hope.
Deo arrives in America from Burundi in search of a new life. Having survived a civil war and genocide, plagued by horrific dreams, he lands at JFK airport with two hundred dollars, no English, and no contacts. He ekes out a precarious existence delivering groceries, living in Central Park, and learning English by reading dictionaries in bookstores. Then Deo begins to meet the strangers who will change his life, pointing him eventually in the direction of Columbia University, medical school, and a life devoted to healing. Kidder breaks new ground in telling this unforgettable story as he travels with Deo back over a turbulent life in search of meaning and forgiveness.” -Amazon Editorial Review