New York Times best-selling author Tracy Kidder will discuss his books, Mountains Beyond Mountains and Strength in What Remains, on Thursday, November 5th, 2009, at 7 P.M. at the First Congregational Church of Old Greenwich. The author will sign books at 6:30 P.M., and a reception will follow the talk at 8 P.M. in Perrot’s children’s wing.
Please arrive early for Mr. Kidder’s talk, as seating is limited.
For those of you who loved Mountains Beyond Mountains, and ran to the book store for Tracy Kidder’s new book Strength in What Remains, the author will be sharing his experience of writing about two incredible men.
In medical school, Paul Farmer found his life’s calling: to cure infectious diseases and to bring the lifesaving tools of modern medicine to those who need them most. Kidder’s magnificent account takes us from Harvard to Haiti, Peru, Cuba, and Russia as Farmer changes minds and practices through his dedication to the philosophy that “the only real nation is humanity.” At the heart of this book, is the example of a life based on hope and on an understanding of the truth of the Haitian proverb “Beyond mountains there are mountains”—as you solve one problem, another problem presents itself, and so you go on and try to solve that one too.
Strength in What Remains
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.