Solon book club will meet April 17 to discuss “Abide with Me” by Elizabeth Strout. All interested adult readers are welcome to attend. For questions about the book club, please contact Joyce at email@example.com . To borrow a copy of a selected book, please contact the library circulation desk by calling 319-624-2678 or email Jacque at firstname.lastname@example.org .
The book selected for the May meeting of the book club is, the 2012 All Iowa Reads title, Tracy Kidder’s “Strength in What Remains,” only the second nonfiction book in the program’s nine year history. “Strength in What Remains” tells the story of Deogratis, or Deo, who as a 22 year old medical student barely escapes the Hutu slaughter of Tutsis in Burundi. He arrives in New York City in 1994 with no English skills and $200. The story moves back and forth— from Africa to New York. And, although the horror of events in Africa is almost indescribable, living poor on the streets of New York as a young black man with no money is not an easy life either. Deo is helped by remarkable, generous people— but, the personal courage and fortitude needed to prevail are his.