Strength in What Remains

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 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.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2009
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9781400066216
Branch Call Number: 305.8967572073 Kid 3558ad 1
Characteristics: xvii, 277 p. ;,25 cm


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Apr 24, 2015

A good read, this story educates about Burundi, showing one man's experiences and the kindest of people who help him. It left me thinking about him days and weeks after I finished this provocative book.

Mar 02, 2015

Kidder has a real knack for bringing real life heroes to light—people who quietly go about making a difference in the world. How someone like Deo can survive the warfare in his home country of Burundi, arrive in the US, speaking only French and end up graduating from college is a story of determination and courage. Add to that his determination to go back to Burundi and make a difference in the health care system is amazing. Thank you Mr. Kidder for allowing me to meet such a remarkable world citizen

patienceandfortitude Nov 07, 2012

Another eye opening report by Kidder. This time about an African medical student who escapes genocide, comes to New York and is a homeless, grocery deliverer, until he meets a few wonderful people who help him pursue his dreams of building health care in his home nation. Another reason to support the incredible work of Partners in Health. Highly recommend both this and Mountains Beyond Mountain.

btmslt Apr 20, 2012

An interesting real-life drama.

Nov 21, 2011

The book is certainly interesting.
But I do not know why, somehow I didn’t always sympathized to
Deo, despite all the difficulties through which he had to go.
The impression is that everybody had a some sort of obligation to him. His unexplained and unnecessary pride, manifested not where it should, and in relation to those people who treated him with all openness and a desire to help.
All happiness or unhappiness of any country is always to blame the country itself. And other countries, in a view of certain circumstances of country in any kind of conflict, are seeking their own advantage by building it on someone else's misfortune.

Jul 21, 2011

Oh my goodness...this book...I don't even have words. So, SO incredibly tragic. And so real because it's a recent issue. I almost thought this was fiction because of how vivid the details are and how much the story sucks you in. The ending made me burst with joy. HIGHLY recommend.

Dec 16, 2010

Book Club - Dec. 2009

Aug 01, 2010

An incredible,but at times difficult read.The history of an incredible man's journey through the Burundi and Rwanda massacres and ongoing.

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Jan 23, 2011

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