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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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Kidder breaks new ground in telling this unforgettable 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.

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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 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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janet selby, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by janet selby)
I read this book several months after my mom committed suicide, mostly while flying from Alaska for a conference in New York. I found myself tearing up more often than not as I followed Deo's journey from Burundi and Rwanda to America, where he worked for small tips and was taken in by some very generous people. This is a miraculous story about someone who, with his own perseverance and the will to find his family again, and the help of several generous people who saw the potential for greatness that was within him, surmounted so many obstacles with grace. Mr. Kidder does not gloss over the trauma that Deo has to go through as he deals with his memories of the genocide he witnessed in Burundi, and that makes the story even more heartbreaking and inspiring.
I cried when I finished this book, but I did not cry from hopelessness. I cried because this is a beautiful testament to the goodness that resides within each human being, and the darkness that comes from genocide and abandonment. I cried because I was truly inspired by the story of Deo and his quest to go back to his country and help to improve conditions when he had the choice to forget it and focus more on himself. I would hand this book to anyone and tell them to read it, but I would give it most to people who are going through their own dark times and say, "here is some hope."
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itpdx, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by itpdx)
Wow! Tracy Kidder does it again! In the eloquent telling of one remarkable man's story, Kidder gives us insight into war trauma, ethnic violence, a country and region, the violence of poverty. And he gives us hope!
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DC, November 26, 2010 (view all comments by DC)
I first read Mountains Beyond Mountains. When I saw Kidder had a new book out, I picked it up, not even knowing what it was about. This is another must-read for all time.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780812977615
Author:
Kidder, Tracy
Publisher:
Random House Trade
Subject:
cultural heritage
Subject:
Africa, east
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
New york (n.y.)
Subject:
Immigrants -- United States.
Subject:
Biography - General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Random House Reader's Circle
Publication Date:
20100531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8 x 5.2 x .6 in .5 lb

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"Synopsis" by , 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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