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Strength in What Remains - Tracy Kidder
Strength in What Remains
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Tracy Kidder, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and author of the bestsellers The Soul of a New Machine, House, and the enduring classic Mountains Beyond Mountains, has been described by the Baltimore Sun as the “master of the non-fiction narrative.” In this new book, Kidder gives us the superb story... show more
Tracy Kidder, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and author of the bestsellers The Soul of a New Machine, House, and the enduring classic Mountains Beyond Mountains, has been described by the Baltimore Sun as the “master of the non-fiction narrative.” In this new book, Kidder gives us the superb story of a hero for our time. Strength in What Remains 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.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. An extraordinary writer, 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.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781400066216 (1400066212)
ASIN: 1400066212
Publisher: Random House, Inc.
Pages no: 304
Edition language: English
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Chrissie's Books
Chrissie's Books rated it
4.0 Strength in What Remains
Where are we today at the beginning of the 21st Century? Where are we headed? I have been reading books that focus on ethnic cleansing and genocide. It seems to me there is more and more of this with each year that passes. What does this say about the way the world is run today? How do different boo...
jillian
jillian rated it
3.0 Strength in What Remains
"Strength in What Remains" was the 2012 All Iowa Reads written by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Tracy Kidder. It tells the true story of Deogratias a native of Burundi, the tiny country nestled between Rwanda and Tanzania in eastern central Africa. Deo, as he’s referred to in the book, narrowl...
madbkwm
madbkwm rated it
This was interesting. I had seen a movie about the genocide in Rwanda, but otherwise did not really know anything about it. I enjoyed that (even though it was third person), the first half of the book was from Deo's perspective and the second half gave more of the author's thoughts and evaluations...
debnance
debnance rated it
4.0 Strength in What Remains
How could I have hoped that this book would surpass Kidder’s last book? Impossible, really. I loved his last book and rated it one of my best reads of the year.So the standards were high. If I take that off the table, and simple evaluate this book on its own merits, I nevertheless must admit to a bi...
TatianaBoshenka
TatianaBoshenka rated it
I'm about 4/5 of the way through this book, and I wanted to record my impressions. I love this book. It's heartbreakingly sad but also enheartening and healing, in some inexplicable way. I love Deo, the person whose story this is. I've felt since the genocide in Rwanda and Burundi that my unders...
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