Mountains Beyond Mountains Book
Score: 4
From 62 Ratings

Mountains Beyond Mountains


  • Author : Tracy Kidder
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2003-09-09
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9781588363343

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Mountains Beyond Mountains Excerpt :

“[A] masterpiece . . . an astonishing book that will leave you questioning your own life and political views . . . Kidder opens a window into Farmer’s soul, letting the reader peek in and see what truly makes the good doctor tick.”—Nicholas Thomas, USA Today In medical school, Paul Farmer found his life’s calling: to cure infectious diseases and to bring the lifesaving tools of modern medicine to those who need them most. Tracy Kidder’s magnificent account shows how one person can make a difference in solving global health problems through a clear-eyed understanding of the interaction of politics, wealth, social systems, and disease. Profound and powerful, Mountains Beyond Mountains takes us from Harvard to Haiti, Peru, Cuba, and Russia as Farmer changes people’s minds through his dedication to the philosophy that “the only real nation is humanity.” Praise for Mountains Beyond Mountains “A true-to-life fairy tale, one that inspires you to believe in happy endings . . . Its stark sense of reality comes as much from the grit between the pages as from the pure gold those pages spin.”—Laura Claridge, Boston Sunday Globe “Stunning . . . Mountains Beyond Mountains will move you, restore your faith in the ability of one person to make a difference in these increasingly maddening, dispiriting times.”—John Wilkens, The San Diego Union-Tribune “Easily the most fascinating, most entertaining and, yes, most inspiring work of nonfiction I’ve read this year.”—Charles Matthews, San Jose Mercury News “It’ll fill you equally with wonder and hope.”—Cathy Burke, People “In this excellent work, Pulitzer Prize-winner Kidder immerses himself in and beautifully explores the rich drama that exists in the life of Dr. Paul Farmer. . . . Throughout, Kidder captures the almost saintly effect Farmer has on those whom he treats.”—Publisher’s Weekly (starred review) “[A] skilled and graceful exploration of the soul of an astonishing human be

My Detachment Book
Score: 3.5
From 5 Ratings

My Detachment


  • Author : Tracy Kidder
  • Publisher : Random House Large Print Publishing
  • Release Date : 2005
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 303
  • ISBN 10 : 9780739325544

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My Detachment Excerpt :

The author reminisces about his life, in a profile of a young man coming of age during the Vietnam War, chronicling his experiences as a former ROTC intelligence officer in command of a group of enlisted men on assignment in Vietnam.

A Truck Full of Money Book
Score: 3.5
From 10 Ratings

A Truck Full of Money


  • Author : Tracy Kidder
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2016
  • Genre: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • Pages : 259
  • ISBN 10 : 9780812995244

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A Truck Full of Money Excerpt :

"One man's quest to recover from great success"--Front cover.

Among Schoolchildren Book
Score: 4
From 10 Ratings

Among Schoolchildren


  • Author : Tracy Kidder
  • Publisher : HMH
  • Release Date : 1989-09-06
  • Genre: Education
  • Pages : 340
  • ISBN 10 : 9780547524061

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Among Schoolchildren Excerpt :

The Pulitzer Prize–winning author’s classic, “brilliantly illuminated” account of education in America (TheNew York Times Book Review). Mrs. Zajac is feisty, funny, and tough. She likes to call herself an “old-lady teacher.” (She is thirty-four.) Around Kelly School, she is infamous for her discipline: “She is mean, bro,” says one of her students. But children love her, and so will the reader of this extraordinarily moving book by the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of House and The Soul of a New Machine. Tracy Kidder spent nine months in Mrs. Zajac’s fifth-grade classroom in a depressed area of Holyoke, Massachusetts. Living among the twenty schoolchildren and their indomitable teacher, he shared their joys, catastrophes, and small but essential triumphs. His resulting New York Times bestseller is a revelatory and remarkably poignant account of an inner-city school that “erupts with passionate life,” and a close-up examination of what is wrong—and right—with education in America (USA Today). “More than a book about needy children and a valiant teacher; it is full of the author’s genuine love, delight and celebration of the human condition. He has never used his talent so well.” —The New York Times

To Repair the World Book

To Repair the World


  • Author : Paul Farmer
  • Publisher : University of California Press
  • Release Date : 2019-11-19
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 296
  • ISBN 10 : 9780520321151

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To Repair the World Excerpt :

Doctor and social activist Paul Farmer shares a collection of charismatic short speeches that aims to inspire the next generation. One of the most passionate and influential voices for global health equity and social justice, Farmer encourages young people to tackle the greatest challenges of our times. Engaging, often humorous, and always inspiring, these speeches bring to light the brilliance and force of Farmer’s vision in a single, accessible volume. A must-read for graduates, students, and everyone seeking to help bend the arc of history toward justice, To Repair the World: challenges readers to counter failures of imagination that keep billions of people without access to health care, safe drinking water, decent schools, and other basic human rights champions the power of partnership against global poverty, climate change, and other pressing problems today overturns common assumptions about health disparities around the globe by considering the large-scale social forces that determine who gets sick and who has access to health care discusses how hope, solidarity, faith, and hardbitten analysis have animated Farmer’s service to the poor in Haiti, Peru, Rwanda, Russia, and elsewhere leaves the reader with an uplifting vision: that with creativity, passion, teamwork, and determination, the next generations can make the world a safer and more humane place.

Home Is Beyond the Mountains Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

Home Is Beyond the Mountains


  • Author : Celia Barker Lottridge
  • Publisher : Groundwood Books Ltd
  • Release Date : 2011-08
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 9780888999498

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Home Is Beyond the Mountains Excerpt :

Samira and her brother flee when the Turkish army invades northwestern Persia in 1918, but the director of the orphanage where they end up decides to lead the refugee children on the three-hundred-mile journey back to their homes.

Strength in What Remains Book
Score: 4
From 73 Ratings

Strength in What Remains


  • Author : Tracy Kidder
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2009-08-25
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9781588368515

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Strength in What Remains Excerpt :

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY: Los Angeles Times • San Francisco Chronicle •Chicago Tribune • The Christian Science Monitor • Publishers Weekly In Strength in What Remains, Tracy Kidder gives us the story of one man’s inspiring American journey and of the ordinary people who helped him, providing brilliant testament to the power of second chances. Deo arrives in the United States from Burundi in search of a new life. Having survived a civil war and genocide, he lands at JFK airport with two hundred 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 and shows us what it means to be fully human. BONUS: This edition contains a Strength in What Remains discussion guide. NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Named one of the Top 10 Nonfiction Books of the year by Time • Named one of the year’s “10 Terrific Reads” by O: The Oprah Magazine “Extraordinarily stirring . . . a miracle of human courage.”—The Washington Post “Absorbing . . . a story about survival, about perseverance and sometimes uncanny luck in the face of hell on earth. . . . It is just as notably about profound human kindness.”—The New York Times “Important and beautiful . . . This book is one you won’t forget.”—Portland Oregonian

Grass Beyond the Mountains Book

Grass Beyond the Mountains


  • Author : Richmond P. Hobson
  • Publisher : Seal Books
  • Release Date : 2015-04-14
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 9781400026623

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Grass Beyond the Mountains Excerpt :

The first in a trilogy, Grass Beyond the Mountains is a story of discovery and endurance on North America's western frontier by three good old-fashioned cowboys. In the fall of 1934, three cowhands with a dream of owning a cattle ranch made their way from peaceful Wyoming to the harsh, uncharted territory of the British Columbian interior. In conditions as challenging as any encountered by the western frontier pioneers of a hundred years earlier, the three men and their equipment-laden horses conquered the tortuous miles over narrow passes and mountain summits, hewed their first cabin from virgin timber, and attempted to carve out a space for themselves on the unforgiving landscape.

An Unbroken Agony Book
Score: 3.5
From 2 Ratings

An Unbroken Agony


  • Author : Randall Robinson
  • Publisher : Civitas Books
  • Release Date : 2007-06-26
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 280
  • ISBN 10 : UVA:X030101685

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An Unbroken Agony Excerpt :

Presents an exploration of the turbulent history of Haiti, from Columbus's arrival to the abduction of former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide in 2004, and the nation's ongoing struggle to achieve stability and prosperity.

Beyond the Mountains  A Clock of Stars  Book 2  Book

Beyond the Mountains A Clock of Stars Book 2


  • Author : Francesca Gibbons
  • Publisher : HarperCollins UK
  • Release Date : 2021-10-14
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 496
  • ISBN 10 : 9780008355104

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Beyond the Mountains A Clock of Stars Book 2 Excerpt :

The thrilling sequel to the best-selling middle-grade debut of Autumn 2020

Pathologies of Power Book
Score: 4.5
From 4 Ratings

Pathologies of Power


  • Author : Paul Farmer
  • Publisher : Univ of California Press
  • Release Date : 2005
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 402
  • ISBN 10 : 9780520243262

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Pathologies of Power Excerpt :

"Pathologies of Power" uses harrowing stories of life and death to argue thatthe promotion of social and economic rights of the poor is the most importanthuman rights struggle of our times.

Fevers  Feuds  and Diamonds Book
Score: 4
From 3 Ratings

Fevers Feuds and Diamonds


  • Author : Paul Farmer
  • Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Release Date : 2020-11-17
  • Genre: Medical
  • Pages : 688
  • ISBN 10 : 9780374716981

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Fevers Feuds and Diamonds Excerpt :

“Paul Farmer brings his considerable intellect, empathy, and expertise to bear in this powerful and deeply researched account of the Ebola outbreak that struck West Africa in 2014. It is hard to imagine a more timely or important book.” —Bill and Melinda Gates "[The] history is as powerfully conveyed as it is tragic . . . Illuminating . . . Invaluable." —Steven Johnson, The New York Times Book Review In 2014, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea suffered the worst epidemic of Ebola in history. The brutal virus spread rapidly through a clinical desert where basic health-care facilities were few and far between. Causing severe loss of life and economic disruption, the Ebola crisis was a major tragedy of modern medicine. But why did it happen, and what can we learn from it? Paul Farmer, the internationally renowned doctor and anthropologist, experienced the Ebola outbreak firsthand—Partners in Health, the organization he founded, was among the international responders. In Fevers, Feuds, and Diamonds, he offers the first substantive account of this frightening, fast-moving episode and its implications. In vibrant prose, Farmer tells the harrowing stories of Ebola victims while showing why the medical response was slow and insufficient. Rebutting misleading claims about the origins of Ebola and why it spread so rapidly, he traces West Africa’s chronic health failures back to centuries of exploitation and injustice. Under formal colonial rule, disease containment was a priority but care was not – and the region’s health care woes worsened, with devastating consequences that Farmer traces up to the present. This thorough and hopeful narrative is a definitive work of reportage, history, and advocacy, and a crucial intervention in public-health discussions around the world.

Trading Beyond the Mountains Book

Trading Beyond the Mountains


  • Author : Richard S. Mackie
  • Publisher : UBC Press
  • Release Date : 2011-11-01
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 440
  • ISBN 10 : 9780774842464

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Trading Beyond the Mountains Excerpt :

During the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, the North West and Hudson�s Bay companies extended their operations beyond the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Ocean. There they encountered a mild and forgiving climate and abundant natural resources and, with the aid of Native traders, branched out into farming, fishing, logging, and mining. Following its merger with the North West Company in 1821, the Hudson�s Bay Company set up its headquarters at Fort Vancouver on the lower Columbia River. From there, the company dominated much of the non-Native economy, sending out goods to markets in Hawaii, Sitka, and San Francisco. Trading Beyond the Mountains looks at the years of exploration between 1793 and 1843 leading to the commercial development of the Pacific coast and the Cordilleran interior of western North America. Mackie examines the first stages of economic diversification in this fur trade region and its transformation into a dynamic and distinctive regional economy. He also documents the Hudson�s Bay Company�s employment of Native slaves and labourers in the North West coast region.

Behind the Mountains  First Person Fiction  Book
Score: 3.5
From 5 Ratings

Behind the Mountains First Person Fiction


  • Author : Edwidge Danticat
  • Publisher : Scholastic Inc.
  • Release Date : 2015-04-28
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN 10 : 9780545843232

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Behind the Mountains First Person Fiction Excerpt :

First Person Fiction is dedicated to the immigrant experience in modern America. In "Behind the Mountains" Edwidge Danticat tells the story of Celiane and her family's struggles in Haiti and New York. It is election time in Haiti, and bombs are going off in the capital city of Port-au-Prince. During a visit from her home in rural Haiti, Celiane Espérance and her mother are nearly killed. Looking at her country with new eyes, Celiane gains a fresh resolve to be reunited with her father in Brooklyn, New York. The harsh winter and concrete landscape of her new home are a shock to Celiane, who witnesses her parents' struggle to earn a living, her brother's uneasy adjustment to American society, and her own encounters with learning difficulties and school violence.

Good Prose Book
Score: 3.5
From 21 Ratings

Good Prose


  • Author : Tracy Kidder
  • Publisher : Random House Trade Paperbacks
  • Release Date : 2013-08-27
  • Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 9780812982152

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Good Prose Excerpt :

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY KIRKUS REVIEWS Good Prose is an inspiring book about writing—about the creation of good prose—and the record of a warm and productive literary friendship. The story begins in 1973, in the offices of The Atlantic Monthly, in Boston, where a young freelance writer named Tracy Kidder came looking for an assignment. Richard Todd was the editor who encouraged him. From that article grew a lifelong association. Before long, Kidder’s The Soul of a New Machine, the first book the two worked on together, had won the Pulitzer Prize. It was a heady moment, but for Kidder and Todd it was only the beginning of an education in the art of nonfiction. Good Prose explores three major nonfiction forms: narratives, essays, and memoirs. Kidder and Todd draw candidly, sometimes comically, on their own experience—their mistakes as well as accomplishments—to demonstrate the pragmatic ways in which creative problems get solved. They also turn to the works of a wide range of writers, novelists as well as nonfiction writers, for models and instruction. They talk about narrative strategies (and about how to find a story, sometimes in surprising places), about the ethical challenges of nonfiction, and about the realities of making a living as a writer. They offer some tart and emphatic opinions on the current state of language. And they take a clear stand against playing loose with the facts. Their advice is always grounded in the practical world of writing and publishing. Good Prose—like Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style—is a succinct, authoritative, and entertaining arbiter of standards in contemporary writing, offering guidance for the professional writer and the beginner alike. This wise and useful book is the perfect companion for anyone who loves to read good books and longs to write one. Praise for Good Prose “Smart, lucid, and entertaining.”—The Boston Globe “You are in such good company—congenial, ironic, a bi