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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,666 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tracy Kidder Narrator: Tracy Kidder Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Tracy Kidder, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and author of the best sellers The Soul of a New Machine, House, and the enduring classic Mountains Beyond Mountains, has been described by the Baltimore Sun as the "master of the non-fiction narrative". In this new book, Kidder gives us the superb story of a hero for our time. Strength in What Remainsis a wonderfully written, inspiring account of one man's remarkable American journey and of the ordinary people who helped him; a brilliant testament to the power of will and of second chances.

Deo arrives in America from Burundi in search of a new life. Having survived a civil war and genocide, plagued by horrific dreams, he lands at 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. Kidder breaks new ground in telling this unforgettable story as he travels with Deo back over a turbulent life in search of meaning and forgiveness. 

An extraordinary writer, Tracy Kidder once again shows us what it means to be fully human by telling a story about the heroism inherent in ordinary people, a story about a life based on hope.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Extraordinarily stirring…It’s certainly not the first time we’ve heard heartbreaking accounts of the civil wars in Africa. But there is a touching intimacy about Deogratias’s tale, and it forces us to look hard at the baffling history of the region.”

    Washington Post

  • “This profoundly gripping, hopeful, and crucial testament is a work of the utmost skill, sympathy, and moral clarity.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Terrifying at turns, but tremendously inspiring…A key document in the growing literature devoted to postgenocidal justice.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “That 63-year-old Tracy Kidder may have just written his finest work—indeed, one of the truly stunning books I’ve read this year—is proof that the secret to memorable nonfiction is so often the writer’s readiness to be surprised…Kidder’s approach is a reminder of what can make American nonfiction so exceptional although, of late, it is rare. It’s that bottom-up quality that defies big-budget marketing and calculation, the search from on high for a ‘sure thing.’ In this connected age, disruptive change—and transforming insights—bubble up furiously from the least likely places. Kidder saw that bottom-up flash of energy in the smile of a peripheral man. And we are lucky he did.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Selected for the September 2009 Indie Next List
  • A 2009 Time Magazine Top 10 Book for Nonfiction
  • A 2009 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist for General Nonfiction
  • A 2009 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Current Interest

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Katie | 2/18/2014

    " I wanted to like this book more than I did. I have lots of admiration for Deo and everything that he has overcome, and I learned a lot about the history of Burundi and Rwanda. I only give it three stars because I didn't feel that engaged while I was reading it. I think that was my fault though, not the fault of the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Laurie | 2/15/2014

    " This is another Tracey Kidder classic - read Mountains Beyond Mountains first and then this. The young Burundi medical student chronicled in this book becomes a follower of Paul Farmer after escaping the genocide in Burundi and Rwanda and coming to New York. I'm a sucker for these stories of perseverance, but I'm always glad to get my head out of WAshington and be reminded of people who really overcome hardships. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Steven Bass | 2/9/2014

    " Okay. But I prefer his other books more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Susan | 2/7/2014

    " The part of this book that I liked most dealt with the main character's attempts to gain a foothold on life in New York. I really think everyone should read this book as we should all learn about the outrageous deeds of genocide that have occurred in Africa. "

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