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View New Playlists on the Common Reads YouTube Page


Author videos from previous First-Year Experience® Conferences (2009-2012), featuring prominent authors such as Tracy Kidder (MOUNTAINS BEYOND MOUNTAINS), Warren St. John (OUTCASTS UNITED) and Blake Mycoskie (START SOMETHING THAT MATTERS), are now accessible via the Common Reads YouTube page.  Just check the Playlists tab.

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Read Mountains Beyond Mountains this summer.

What are you reading this summer?

The Harvard Crimson recently published a list of recommended summer reading titles for undergraduate students handpicked by college professors and faculty members. Among the books selected is First-Year Experience favorite, Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder. Nancy M. Cline, Roy E. Larsen Librarian of Harvard College says:

This is not a new book. I suggest it now because it is about the work of Paul Farmer and colleagues who worked with him to found Partners in Health, an organization that has grown to have an important impact on several areas of the world. What caused me to return to this book (after first reading it a few years ago) was the earthquake in Haiti. Reading about the extraordinary challenges that Farmer and his team faced in delivering health care and building community-based programs gave considerable insight to the problems that continue to complicate the recovery of Haiti. The story is compelling. It helps one become more attentive to the diverse aspects of different countries’ economic and social conditions, to perhaps better understand why aid sometimes does not work as intended, and to appreciate the generous and proud spirit that can survive amidst poverty.

Now, I’m about to start on Kidder’s more recent book, Strength in What Remains.

The list also features the academic classic The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire and The Bible. You can find the entire list here.


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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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Need a dynamic speaker? Check out videos from the Random House 2009 First-Year Experience Author Luncheon

Looking for dyamic speakers for your common reading program?

Consider the great authors we featured at our luncheon program last February at the 2009 Freshman Year Experience conference in Orlando, FL.

Visit our Freshman Year Reading webpage to view videos of talks given by Donovan Campbell (Joker One), Louise Steinmann (The Souvenir), Michael Greenberg (Hurry Down Sunshine), John Elder Robison (Look Me in the Eye),  and Tracy Kidder (Mountains Beyond Mountains and Strength in What Remains).  While you’re there, click on the book title to see more about each author’s book.


You’ll also find audio recordings of each talk on the Freshman Year Reading page.

For more information on the availability of Random House, Inc. authors, e-mail rhacademic@randomhouse.com.

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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


Find more information on the book here.

Watch author, Tracy Kidder, speak at the FYE 2009 conference in Orlando, FL here.

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