For the first time ever, Greenwich Reads Together will explore not just one book, but two! Both books explore themes that have been especially prevalent in the last year, public health and racial justice.
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, by Bryan Stevenson, is at once an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer’s coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice as he founds the Equal Justice Initiative and defends those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system.
In Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World, Pulitzer Prize—winning author Tracy Kidder tells the true story of a gifted man who loves the world and has set out to do all he can to cure it. 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.”
The Middle School selections are the Young Readers’ Editions of Just Mercy and Mountains Beyond Mountains. The Elementary School selections are The Undefeated, by Kwame Alexander, and Manjhi Moves a Mountain, by Nancy Churnin.
We hope you join us this fall in reading both powerful stories and exploring these extremely relevant topics through a number of virtual events. The lineup of programs and events will be announced soon! To check out a copy of the books and find out more about GRT, visit www.greenwichreadstogether.org.