For this portrait of charismatic infectious disease expert Dr. Paul Farmer, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tracy Kidder traveled with the unconventional Harvard genius from Boston to Haiti, Peru, Cuba, and Russia. While in these far-flung places, Kidder watched the tireless Farmer not only provide medical aid but kindness and social care for numerous people. Farmer, who first became interested in Haiti in college after meeting Haitian immigrants working in North Carolina tobacco fields, continues to make the world a healthier and safer place. In a starred review, Kirkus Reviews
calls Mountains Beyond Mountains
a "skilled and graceful exploration of the soul of an astonishing human being."