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Tracy Kidder was educated at the University of Iowa and Harvard University. He served in the US Army in Vietnam. Kidder has garnered numerous literary awards including the Pulitzer Prize in General Non-Fiction and the National Book Award for General Nonfiction both in 1982. He has also been honored mostrar mais with the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, 1990 and the Christopher Award, 1990. His publications include numerous nonfiction articles and short fiction for The Atlantic and other periodicals. Non-Fiction books include The Road to Yuba City, Doubleday, 1974; The Soul of a New Machine, Atlantic Monthly-Little Brown, 1981 for which he won a Pulitzer and a National Book Award; House, Houghton Mifflin, 1985; Old Friends, Houghton Mifflin, 1993; Home Town, Random House, 1999; Mountains Beyond Mountains, Random House, 2003; My Detachment, Random House, 2005; Strength in What Remains, Random House, 2009. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras por Tracy Kidder

Associated Works

The Art of Fact: A Historical Anthology of Literary Journalism (1997) — Contribuidor — 214 exemplares
The Best American Science Writing 2001 (2001) — Contribuidor — 132 exemplares
Granta 44: The Last Place on Earth (1993) — Contribuidor — 124 exemplares
Granta 38: We're So Happy! (1991) — Contribuidor — 113 exemplares
Soul: An Archaeology--Readings from Socrates to Ray Charles (1994) — Contribuidor — 101 exemplares
Autumn: A Spiritual Biography of the Season (2004) — Contribuidor — 57 exemplares


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My big questions is “How do people like that become who they are?? The energy, focus, intelligence, drive, etc doesn’t just happen. Also, I really think Paul worked himself to death. I think he couldn’t even imagine ever ending his life’s work and the thought of running out of energy and slowly failing wasn’t part of his being. So he died in the field doing what he loved.
I've heard the distance between genius and insanity is a very thin line. Paul Farmer definitely vacillated between the two!… (mais)
jemisonreads | 145 outras críticas | Jan 22, 2024 |
I'm sure some people will bypass this book because the subject is about the genocide in Burundi and Rwanda, which is not exactly relaxing reading material. (Actually I would have bypassed it too if I hadn't read a good review somewhere or other.) But it's also a true and wonderfully hopeful story of kindness and survival. Deogratias, who escaped from the genocide via an Aeroflot flight, spoke no English, had never been out of Burundi, and arrived in NYC alone with only his nightmarish memories and $200 in his pocket. The book slips back and forth between his life in the US and his life growing up in Burundi until the horrific civil war forced him to run. I'm still digesting this story ... it raises all kinds of questions and thoughts about cultures, good and evil, poverty, wealth, kindness to strangers, education ... it's a great book and well worth reading (so good in fact that I read it in one day.)… (mais)
ellink | 87 outras críticas | Jan 22, 2024 |
Tracy Kidder is a prize-winning and (justly) acclaimed writer of long-form non-fiction like [Soul of a New Machine], [Among Schoolchildren], and [Mountains Beyond Mountains]; Richard Todd is his longtime editor and friend. This book, a collaboration between them where their voices are sometimes made distinct and sometimes merged, is part joint memoir, part reflection on the nature of (some forms of) nonfiction, and part style guide.

There are interesting elements in this book: The glimpse inside the workings of The Atlantic Monthly back in the day were fascinating, the chapter titled "Beyond Accuracy" was thought-provoking, and the discussion of the relationship between "Art and Commerce" contained some gems . . . including A. J. Liebling's quote: "I can write better than everyone who can write faster, and I can write faster than everyone who can write better."

There are also elements that made me roll my eyes: The Atlantic Monthly reminiscences are fascinating as history but belong to an age so far removed from ours that they feel like a dead-end as insight into writing today, and "Rewrite!" is important, but hardly revelatory, advice to give any remotely experienced writer. The sections on style are particularly frustrating, since Kidder and Todd are more interested in deploring things than they are at suggesting alternatives.

The book's biggest problem, though, was that it ultimately felt like less than the sum of its parts. There is no clear through line, and the title and subtitle on the cover (Good Prose: The Art of Nonfiction) is, in the end, a far less accurate description of what's inside than the sub-subtitle just below: "Stories and advice from a lifetime of writing and editing." Go in with lower expectations than I did, and you'll probably enjoy it more.
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ABVR | 31 outras críticas | Jan 20, 2024 |
Difficult read, but one that gives human faces and histories to "the homeless". If you've ever wondered what it is like to survive on the absolute fringes, this is the book to read. Very depressing, however - that can't be avoided if you pick this up. As the author bleakly puts it, "the only cure for homelessness woul be an end to many of the country's deep and abiding flaws."
Octavia78 | 11 outras críticas | Jan 4, 2024 |



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