Solon Area Book Club will meet May 15 to discuss “Strength In What Remains” by Tracy Kidder. 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. Only the second nonfiction book in the program’s nine year history, “Strength in What Remains” tells the story of Deogratis, or Deo. Deo is a 22 year old medical student who 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.