Tracy Kidder’s Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World has steadily become one of Random House, Inc.’s most widely adopted common reading selections. Now the Pulitzer Prize-winning author’s newest book, Strength in What Remains is on its way as well. The University of Delaware has just adopted it for their 2010 common reading program.
A finalist for the 2009 National Book Critics Circle Award, Strength in What Remains tells the story of Deo, a young man who has survived civil war and genocide in his native Burundi, Africa and landed New York’s JFK airport with 200 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.
Watch the book’s trailer here.