Tracy Kidder graduated from Harvard and studied at the University of Iowa. He has won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Robert F. Kennedy Award, and many other literary prizes. The author of Strength in what Remains, Mountains Beyond Mountains, My Detachment, Home Town, Old friends, Among Schoolchildren, House, and The Soul of a New Machine. Kidder lives in Massachusetts and Maine.
Strength in What Remains is the "All Iowa Reads" 2012 Selection by the Iowa Center for the Book a program of Iowa Library Services/State Library and an Affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. The book tells the true story of Deogratias, a young physician from Burundi, who survives genocide only to find himself a homeless emigre in America. Deo never succumbs to the despair, isolation and prejudice he finds in New York City. He draws on inner strength to overcome all odds, graduate from Columbia University and return to his native land to open health clinics there. Dark, but not without hope and full of forgiveness, this is a must read for all Iowans. More information about the Iowa Center for the Book and All Iowa Reads