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‘Mountains Beyond Mountains’ selected for First Engagements

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tracy Kidder’s book Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World has been selected as the text for the coming academic year’s First Engagements: A Community Book Project at Transylvania University.

The program is for all first-year students and takes place during the first week of classes in September. It’s designed to give new students an engaging introduction to the high standards of liberal education at Transylvania through small-group discussion and analysis of a common text.

Mountains Beyond Mountains is a non-fiction narrative based on the exploits of Paul Farmer, a medical doctor and Harvard University professor, whose life calling is to diagnose and cure infectious diseases while bringing the tools of modern medicine to impoverished nations and people. Kidder takes readers on a journey from the halls of Harvard Medical School to the slums of Peru, a plateau in Haiti, and the prisons of Moscow as he chronicles Farmer’s idealistic quest to change the world.
Kidder also authored the bestsellers The Soul of a New Machine, House, Among Schoolchildren, and Home Town.

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