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Tracy Kidder discovers inspiration and 'Strength In What Remains' of war-torn, impoverished Burundi
With an introduction by film and late-night TV funnyman Craig Ferguson, bestselling narrative non-fiction author Tracy Kidder traced the roots of his latest book, Strength In What Remains (Random House; August, 2009), to Dr. Paul Farmer, who was the subject of his major bestseller, Mountains Beyond Mountains (Random House; August, 2009), which was originally published in 2004 and has been re-released in trade paperback to coincide with Strength In What Remains. Through Dr. Farmer, Kiddern became intrigued by the story of a homeless Burundi refugee living in New York City, attending Columbia University, named Deogratias--aka Deo. Fascinated by Deo's good will and determination in the face of unspeakable hardship and near-death experiences in his war-torn native land, Kidder told his audience how he followed Deo to back to his hometown in Burundi, despite misgivings of danger, to find a miracle in the squalor of Burundi--the Village Health Works, a health clinic organized and funded by Deo. Kidder wrapped his book presentation marveling at Deo's ability to survive crushing memories of Burundi and homelessness in New York, while studying medicine and philosophy, and still find the strength and courage to risk his life for the people of his homeland.

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