Strength in What Remains by Tracy Kidder
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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.
 

About Tracy Kidder

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TRACY KIDDER graduated from Harvard University 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 My Detachment, Mountains Beyond Mountains, Home Town, Old Friends, Among Schoolchildren, House, and The Soul of a New Machine, Kidder lives in Massachusetts and Maine. MICHAEL FRENCH has published twenty books, including fiction for adults and young adults, biographies, and art criticism. He has adapted many acclaimed adult works for young people. Michael French divides his time between Santa Barbara, California, and Santa Fe, New Mexico.
 
Published August 15, 2009 by Random House. 305 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History. Non-fiction

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The story of a young medical student from Burundi who escapes civil war and genocide and manages to flee to New York City, where he finds both hardship and charity.

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The New York Times

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An account of a medical student’s escape from the slaughter in Burundi in 1994, his precarious existence in New York and his eventual return home.

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The Wall Street Journal

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Yes, more power to Deo for starting the health clinic, but the clinic story cannot handle the moral weight that it is asked to bear Such quibbles aside, though, a reader cannot help feeling, by the book's end, a deep admiration for Deo and for those who helped him help himself.

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Examiner

The Village Health Works website states that their programs recognize that "the relationship between socio-economic status and health is obvious to members of poor communities who, in their daily lives, witness the link between ill health and lack of food, shelter and clean water.

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Book Reporter

The latest work from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Tracy Kidder is a stirring account of one man’s remarkable flight from genocidal terror in his homeland of Burundi to the United States and then back home to confront the burdens of memory and reconciliation.

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AV Club

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When Kidder accompanies Deo in 2006 to Burundi, a country still not stabilized after the genocides, and one of the poorest places in the world, Deo explodes in anger against the people he left behind.

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The Washington Post

"Distracting pain with pain," the young doctor called it -- a common practice among the people of Rwanda and Burundi, who know a good deal about agony and affliction.

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Christian Science Monitor

In a previous book, “Mountains Beyond Mountains,” Kidder examined the life of physician and anthropologist Paul Farmer, founder of Partners in Health, an international health and social justice organization.

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The Bookbag

It offers historical knowledge in ways which make you take note and really care about the events that happened – not only because of the inhumanity surrounding the genocide, but because it directly affected Deo and as the book progresses you really empathise with him.

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Oregon Live

In the second half of the book Kidder travels with Deo to his old haunts in New York and Africa, listening to Deo's memories of the places they visit and also witnessing them overtake him, sometimes painfully.

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Review (Barnes & Noble)

But Kidder is after something deeper here: After reconstructing Deo's tale without comment or interruption in Part I, Kidder circles back in Part II to chronicle his own efforts to understand Deo's life and probe the long-term effects of such "ungovernable" memories.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Kidder writes, “When Deo first told me about his beginnings in New York, I had a simple thought: ‘I would not have survived’ ” (p.

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Dominion of New York

Kidder, a white writer, met Deo through a friend when Deo was studying public health at Harvard and he focuses the book on the central question whether Deo and Rwanda will ever reconcile.

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New Haven Review

Having skipped Philip Gourevitch’s book about the Rwandan genocide, avoided David Rieff’s writings on genocide and intervention, and missed every book about death and destruction in Iraq (except Rajiv Chandrasekaran’s, which I correctly suspected would be fun to read because it’s all about what i...

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