Strength in What Remains

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Random House Publishing Group, Aug 25, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
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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  - jessibud2 - LibraryThing

Strength in What Remains was at the same time both difficult to read and hard to put down. The graphic violence that Deo, the main character, lived through and witnessed in Burundi and Rwanda was what ... Read full review

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User Review  - Rascalstar - LibraryThing

A remarkable story of survival and human potential, and also of joy. A story of coping with truly unimaginable experiences. Deo, the main person in this true story shines brilliantly for all of us, in ... 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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