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While at the First-Year Experience Conference (blog post, podcast), I heard several schools talk about their summer reading programs for freshmen. One book came up at several of these sessions, Tracy Kidder’s “Mountains Beyond Mountains.” It is the story of Dr. Paul Farmer, a man working to stamp out diseases like Multi-drug resistant Tuberculosis while also bringing proper healthcare to countries where people still die from very treatable illnesses. Dr. Farmer’s story is so compelling because he is so deeply committed to his work, even though it comes a cost to both his personal and professional life. This book is a great read R154.F36 K53 2003