Reading Together

What if the entire community read the same book at the same time? Read and discuss Tracy Kidder’s Strength in What Remains with people of all ages and walks of life.

Appreciating Kidder

About fifty dedicated readers braved the cold to attend the first Reading Together program of 2011, “Appreciating Kidder”.

Bill Combs, WMU professor emeritus of English, examined all nine of Kidder’s books with particular emphasis on Strength in What Remains. He described them as narrative nonfiction - a true story written in a style more closely associated with fiction with plot structure and character development to make the story as compelling as possible. That’s a good description of Kidder’s style.

I’m just about through rereading Strength in What Remains. I don’t often reread books, but I want to be ready for all the programs and events and have the book clearly in mind. I’m now inspired to read as many of his other books as possible before his visit here on March 10.

Reading Together 2011 is off to a strong start!

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Photo: Kevin King

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2011 Press Coverage

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