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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An inspiring story of our interconnectedness

User Review  - Kelly P, Mktg Specialist - Borders

I think everyone is bound to discover two things about themselves while reading this book. I, certainly had these revelations: first, that I haven't suffered as much in my life as I might think, and ... Read full review

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Wonderful book! If you liked this, I strongly recommend Kidder's other book (there are a quite a few others, too) Mountains Beyond Mountains, which tells the story of Dr. Farmer's life.

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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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