Book Club Kit: Mountains Beyond Mountains

Mountains Beyond MountainsMountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World
by Tracy Kidder
First Published: 2003
6 Copies & Reading Guide

Mountains Beyond Mountains takes us from Harvard to Haiti, Peru, Cuba, and Russia as Paul Farmer changes minds and practices through his dedication to the philosophy that “the only real nation is humanity” – a philosophy that is embodied in the small public charity he founded, Partners In Health. He enlists the help of the Gates Foundation, George Soros, the U.N.’s World Health Organization, and others in his quest to cure the world. At the heart of this book is the example of a life based on hope, and on an understanding of the truth of the Haitian proverb “beyond mountains there are mountains” as you solve one problem, another problem presents itself, and so you go on and try to solve that one too.

Reading Guide:
Loyola Seminar – Includes Information about the Book and Discussion Questions
LitLovers – Includes Author Information, Brief Reviews, and Discussion Questions

The New York Times – “A Season in Hell” by Abraham Verghese
The New England Journal of MedicineReviewed Nov 2003 by Bernard Hirschel, M.D.

On the Web:
Tracy Kidder’s Website –
Partners in Health –
Huffington Post – “A Coversation with Tracy Kidder about Mountains Beyond Mountains” with Mark Klempner

This I Believe by Paul Farmer

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Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes On An Imperfect Science by Atul Gawande
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman