Strength in What Remains
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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.
From Publishers Weekly
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What a fantastic book that attempts to bring most readers into a life experience vastly different from their own! Reading this book I was asking questions similar to the main character's, philosophical questions, with no clear textbook answers. Perhaps it's because of this lack of definition - a hard to understand case of human behavior - that makes the book hard to put down and at the same time emotionally difficult to continue reading. Despite the tragedies in Burundi and neighboring Rwanda, Tracy Kidder brilliantly incorporates a feeling of hope and revitalization.