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ISBN13: 9781400066216
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Staff Pick

Tracy Kidder's incredibly moving and vivid new book follows and accompanies Deo, a survivor of the genocide in Burundi, through his remarkable journey to America and back home again. Kidder makes the abstract achingly personal and showcases a genuine hero. Beautiful, heartbreaking, and inspiring.
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Publisher Comments:

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the modern classics Mountains Beyond Mountains and The Soul of a New Machine returns with the extraordinary true story of a young man and his will to survive.

In this remarkable book, New York Times bestselling author Tracy Kidder once again delivers the masterful story of a hero for these modern times.

Deo grew up in the mountains of Burundi, and survived a civil war and genocide before seeking a new life in America. In New York City he lived homeless in Central Park before finding his way to Columbia University. But Deo's story really begins with his will to turn his life into something truly remarkable; he returns to his native country to help people there, as well as people in the United States.

An extraordinary writer, Kidder has the remarkable ability to show us what it means to be fully human, and to tell the unadorned story of a life based on hope. Riveting and inspiring, this may be his most magnificent work to date. Strength in What Remains is a testament to the power of will and friendship, and of the endurance of the soul.

Review:

"With an anthropologist's eye and a novelist's pen, Pulitzer Prize — winning Kidder (Mountains Beyond Mountains) recounts the story of Deo, the Burundian former medical student turned American migr at the center of this strikingly vivid story. Told in flashbacks from Deo's 2006 return visit to Burundi to mid-1990s New York and the Burundi of childhood memory and young adulthood — as the Rwandan genocide spilled across the border following the same inflamed ethnic divisions — then picking up in 2003, when author and subject first meet, Deo's experience is conveyed with a remarkable depth of vision and feeling. Kidder renders his subject with deep yet unfussy fidelity and the conflict with detail and nuance. While the book might recall Dave Eggers's novelized version of a real-life Sudanese refugee's experience in What Is the What, reading this book hardly covers old ground, but enables one to walk in the footsteps of its singular subject and see worlds new and old afresh. This profoundly gripping, hopeful and crucial testament is a work of the utmost skill, sympathy and moral clarity." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"The journey of Deo achieves mythic importance in Tracy Kidder's expert hands." Adrian Nicole LeBlanc

Review:

"Tracy Kidder's Strength in What Remains is a tour de force. Inspiring. Moving. Gripping...stunning really....This book will stir the conscience and resurrect your faith in the human spirit." Alex Kotlowitz

Review:

"Believe me, at the end of this riveting narrative, your eyes will not be dry." Adam Hochschild

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

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 mans 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.

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About the Author

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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Pandora427, September 1, 2011 (view all comments by Pandora427)
Really enjoyed "Mountains Beyond Mountains", had high hopes for this book, and have not been disappointed! An engaging read about an amazing journey. Highly recommended.
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Viveca , January 14, 2010 (view all comments by Viveca )
A heartbreaking work of staggering integrity -- the integrity of Deo, the young man whose story is told in this book; the integrity of the author, who tells the tale without intruding; the integrity of the decent people who help Deo survive and succeed.
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Wendy Chamberlin, January 3, 2010 (view all comments by Wendy Chamberlin)
This book, for me, was eye-opening and humbling. The story of Deogratias and the work he is now doing in spite of experiencing such tragedy is incredible and inspiring (in the sort of "get of yer ass and do something about this" sort of way). The brief history provided of the Burundian civil war provides a small glimpse at a horrific moment in recent history - still hard to believe this can happen today. Even harder to believe how this tragedy was completely overlooked.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781400066216
Author:
Kidder, Tracy
Publisher:
Random House
Subject:
Immigrants
Subject:
History
Subject:
General
Subject:
New york (n.y.)
Subject:
Immigrants -- United States.
Subject:
cultural heritage
Subject:
Africa, east
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20090825
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9.65 x 6.5 x 1 in 1.25 lb

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"Staff Pick" by ,

Tracy Kidder's incredibly moving and vivid new book follows and accompanies Deo, a survivor of the genocide in Burundi, through his remarkable journey to America and back home again. Kidder makes the abstract achingly personal and showcases a genuine hero. Beautiful, heartbreaking, and inspiring.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "With an anthropologist's eye and a novelist's pen, Pulitzer Prize — winning Kidder (Mountains Beyond Mountains) recounts the story of Deo, the Burundian former medical student turned American migr at the center of this strikingly vivid story. Told in flashbacks from Deo's 2006 return visit to Burundi to mid-1990s New York and the Burundi of childhood memory and young adulthood — as the Rwandan genocide spilled across the border following the same inflamed ethnic divisions — then picking up in 2003, when author and subject first meet, Deo's experience is conveyed with a remarkable depth of vision and feeling. Kidder renders his subject with deep yet unfussy fidelity and the conflict with detail and nuance. While the book might recall Dave Eggers's novelized version of a real-life Sudanese refugee's experience in What Is the What, reading this book hardly covers old ground, but enables one to walk in the footsteps of its singular subject and see worlds new and old afresh. This profoundly gripping, hopeful and crucial testament is a work of the utmost skill, sympathy and moral clarity." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "The journey of Deo achieves mythic importance in Tracy Kidder's expert hands."
"Review" by , "Tracy Kidder's Strength in What Remains is a tour de force. Inspiring. Moving. Gripping...stunning really....This book will stir the conscience and resurrect your faith in the human spirit."
"Review" by , "Believe me, at the end of this riveting narrative, your eyes will not be dry."
"Synopsis" by , 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.

"Synopsis" by , 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 mans 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.

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