Strength in What Remains (Google eBook)

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Random House Publishing Group, Aug 25, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 284 pages
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BONUS: This edition contains a Strength in What Remains discussion guide.

In Strength in What Remains, Tracy Kidder gives us the story of one man’s inspiring American journey and of the ordinary people who helped him, providing brilliant testament to the power of second chances. Deo arrives in the United States from Burundi in search of a new life. Having survived a civil war and genocide, 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 and shows us what it means to be fully human.

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User Review  - Maisha - Goodreads

This was my first nonfiction. I felt it was not just Deo's story Kidder was telling, but it was an episode of his story, too. I really liked how unpretentious his writing is, and coming from a ... Read full review

Review: Strength in What Remains: A Journey of Remembrance and Forgiveness

User Review  - Mary - Goodreads

As (almost) always, I love how Kidder writes. It was fascinating to see how he told the story of Deogratias, a refugee in New York City who'd escaped a civil war/genocide in Burundi. We start the ... Read full review


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About the author (2009)

Tracy Kidder graduated from Harvard and studied at the University of Iowa. He has won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Robert F. Kennedy Award, and many other literary prizes. The author of Mountains Beyond Mountains, My Detachment, Home Town, Old Friends, Among Schoolchildren, House, and The Soul of a New Machine, Kidder lives in Massachusetts and Maine.

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