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University of Delaware finds Strength in What Remains

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.

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Lay That Trumpet in Our Hands a nationwide common read!


2003 Chautauqua South Fiction Award winner

2003 San Diego Magazine’s Book Award for Fiction

2002 Deadly Pleasures’ Best U.S. First Novel

Inspired by real events, Lay That Trumpet in Our Hands is a novel that tackles race politics in the pre-Civil Rights South unlike any other book in recent memory.

A wise and luminous story about a northern family, a souther town, and the senseless murder that sparks an extraordinary act of courage, the book is told from the point of view of a little girl who is witness to the lynching of a black man. From the arrival of noteworthy figures such as Thurgood Marshall, the NAACP, and Mr. Hoover’s FBI, to the expressed opinions and actions of the everyday town citizen, Lay That Trumpet In Our Hands will give students a solid sense of the events, people and national mood of this volatile and chaotic period in American history.

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A Hope in the Unseen chosen from North Dakota to Maryland!

a hope in the unseen

It is 1993, and Cedric Jennings is a bright and feociously determined honor student at Ballou, a high school in one of Washington D.C.’s most dangerous neighborhoods, where the dropout rate is well into double digits and just 80 students out of more than 1,350 boast an average of B or better. At Ballou, Cedric has almost no friends. He eats lunch in a classroom most days, plowing through the extra work he has asked for, knowing that he’s really competing with kids from other, harder schools. Cedric Jennings’s driving ambition — which is fully supported by his forceful mother — is to attend a top-flight college.

In September 1995, after years of near superhuman dedication, he realizes that ambition when he begins as a freshman at Brown University. A Hope in the Unseen chronicles Cedric’s odyssey during his last two years of high school, follows him through his difficult first year at Brown, and now tells the story of his subsequent successes in college and the world of work.

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Marquette County Michigan and Northern Michigan U come together to read ONE BOOK.

the things they carried

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Northern Michigan University has adopted Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried in conjunction with the Marquette County One Book, One Community reading program sponsored by and partnered with local businesses and public libraries.

Though critics can’t agree whether to call this fine book a novel or a series of linked stories, their acclaim is universal. O’Brien mined his experiences as a foot soldier in Vietnam to write this powerful American classic that unflinchingly examines the myriad effects of war on man. The fighting, the waiting, the monotony, and, finally, the aftermath are all brutally scrutinized in heartbreakingly beautiful prose that captivates and educates readers of all ages. – from the “One Book Marquette” website

The Things They Carried has also been selected for common reading at the following institutions:

California Lutheran U, Appalachian State U, Bowling Green State U, Gustavus Adolphus Coll., James Madison U, Miami U (Ohio), Pacific U, U of Wisconsin, Osh Kosh, Pacific U (OR), SUNY Stony Brook, Texas State U, Valparaiso U, Whittier Coll., Yeshiva U, California State U, Northridge; Hamline U, U of Virginia’s College at Wise, and others.


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There is a Teacher’s Guide available for this book. For information about how to request a printed guide, e-mail rhacademic@randomhouse.com.

For questions regarding One Book, One Community programs, or for a copy of our new OBOC catalog, e-mail library@randomhouse.com.

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Virginia Tech goes green!

Virginia Tech University has selected Daniel Goleman’s new Ecological Intelligence for its 2009-2010 Common Reading program.

Ecological Intelligence


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Top Adoption – Mountains Beyond Mountains


Mountains Beyond Mountains

Tracy Kidder’s New York Times bestseller and ALA Notable book is the story of Paul Farmer, a doctor, Harvard professor, renouned disease specialist, anthropologist and more who saw it as his life’s calling to help those who need it the most. The book brings readers along, from Harvard to Haiti, Peru, Cuba and Russia as Dr. Farmer dispenses life-saving and life-changing aid fueled by his personal philosophy – “the only real nation is humanity.”

His story is one that deserves telling and one that has no-doubt influenced thousands of students. Check out the list of universities, colleges, high schools, and communities that have adopted this influential book:


Adirondack Comm. Coll., Univ. of Alabama – Birmingham, Augustana Coll., Austin Coll., Barton Coll., Bernard M. Baruch Coll., CUNY, Berry Coll., Boise State Univ., Boston Coll., Bowdoin Coll., Brandeis Univ., Butler Univ., Bunker Hill Comm. Coll., California State Univ., California State Univ., Chico, Canisius Coll., Capital Univ., Carleton Coll., Case Western Reserve Univ., Catawba Coll., Chicago State Univ., Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Clark Univ., Colgate Univ., The Coll. of Wooster, Coast Guard Academy, Dartmouth Coll., Dartmouth Medical School, Dean Coll., Duke Univ., Duquesne Univ. Honors Coll., Emory Univ. Chandler School of Theology, Elon Univ., Eastern Kentucky Univ., Eastern Illinois Univ., Fairfield Univ., Florida Southern Coll., Fordham Univ. Law School, Fort Lewis Coll., Goucher Coll., Gustavus Adolphus Coll., Hiram Coll., Holyoke Comm. Coll., Hope Coll., Illinois Coll., Illinois Wesleyan Univ., John Carroll Univ., Kalamazoo Comm. Coll., Keene State Univ., Lenoir Rhyne Coll., Lesley Univ., Linfield Coll., Loyola Coll. in Maryland, Loyola Univ., Chicago, Louisiana State Univ., Macalester Coll., Massachusetts Bay Comm. Coll., Massachusetts Coll. of the Liberal Arts, Messiah Coll., Mt. Holyoke Coll., New Mexico State Univ., Northeastern Univ., Ohio State Univ., Otterbein Coll., Pace Univ., Pellissippi State, Roanoke Coll., Rivier Coll., Rutgers Univ., St. Ambrose Univ. (IA), St. Joseph’s Univ., San Diego State Univ., Skidmore Coll., Smith Coll., Southern New Hampshire Univ., Southern Vermont Coll., Stanford Univ., SUNY Albany, SUNY Brockport, SUNY Oswego, Syracuse Univ., Tufts Univ., Union Theological Seminary, Univ. of California Davis, Univ. of Connecticut, Univ. of Florida, Univ. of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, Univ. of Illinois, Chicago, Univ. of Louisiana at Monroe, Univ. of Minnesota, Univ. of New Haven, Univ. of North Carolina Wilmington, Univ. of South Carolina, Univ. of Tennessee, Univ. of Texas, Tyler, Univ. of Texas, Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics, Univ. of Washington, Valparaiso Univ., Virginia Tech, Westfield State Coll.

High Schools:

The Groton School, The Hathaway Brown School, The Putney School, Springfield, Mass. Central High School, The Taft School, Tantasqua Regional High School, Sturbridge, MA, The Williston School

Communities and Libraries:

Ann Arbor Reads, MI, Augusta, ME, Lithgow Library, Boston Public Library, Lowell Lecture Series, MA, Brookline, MA Adult Comm. Lectures, Cambridge Reads, MA, Cleveland City Club Lecture, OH, Concord, MA, Dover, MA, Falmouth, MA, Hamilton-Wenham Library, MA, Hampshire County Bar Assn., MA, Hancock Comm. Foundation, Ohio, Leverett, MA, Minnetonka Library (Library Fndn of Hennepin County, MN), Montalvo Institute, CA, Nieman Foundation, Conference, Keynote Speech (MA), One Book Southeastern CT, Reading Library, MA, Round Top Summer Lecture Series, Damariscotta, ME, San Diego Public Library, CA, Sarasota, FL, Syracuse Public Library, NY, Wellfleet, MA, Weston, MA, Winchester, MA


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