SOLD OUT! Tracy Kidder: Rough Sleepers

SOLD OUT! Tracy Kidder: Rough Sleepers

Tuesday, January 24, 2023 - 6:00PM ET
Event address: 
Coolidge Corner Theatre
290 Harvard St
Coolidge Corner
Brookline, MA 02446-2908

This event is sold out! We will be offering standby tickets for any empty seats at the door. Standby ticket availability is not guaranteed and there is no advance waiting list.

 

In person with Brookline Booksmith, at Coolidge Corner Theatre! Celebrate the release of Rough Sleepers with author Tracy Kidder.

 

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Tickets are required for this event. You may buy an entrance-only ticket or a ticket that includes entrance and a copy of Rough Sleepers. You will also be alerted to important details about the program, including safety requirements, cancellations, and book signing updates.*

 

Rough Sleepers: Dr. Jim O'Connell's urgent mission to bring healing to homeless people

“I couldn’t put Rough Sleepers down. I am left in awe of the human spirit and inspired to do better.”—Abraham Verghese, author of Cutting for Stone

Tracy Kidder has been described by The Baltimore Sun as a “master of the nonfiction narrative.” In Rough Sleepers, Kidder shows how one person can make a difference, as he tells the story of Dr. Jim O’Connell, a gifted man who invented ways to create a community of care for a city’s unhoused population, including those who sleep on the streets—the “rough sleepers.”

When Jim O’Connell graduated from Harvard Medical School and was nearing the end of his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, the chief of medicine made a proposal: Would he defer a prestigious fellowship and spend a year helping to create an organization to bring health care to homeless citizens? Jim took the job because he felt he couldn’t refuse. But that year turned into his life’s calling. Tracy Kidder spent five years following Dr. O’Connell and his colleagues as they served their thousands of homeless patients. In this illuminating book we travel with O’Connell as he navigates the city, offering medical care, socks, soup, empathy, humor, and friendship to some of the city’s most endangered citizens. He emphasizes a style of medicine in which patients come first, joined with their providers in what he calls “a system of friends.” 

Much as he did with Paul Farmer in Mountains Beyond Mountains, Kidder explores how a small but dedicated group of people have changed countless lives by facing one of American society’s difficult problems instead of looking away.

Tracy Kidder has won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the Robert F. Kennedy Award, among other literary prizes. His books include Mountains Beyond Mountains, Strength in What Remains, The Soul of a New Machine, House, Among Schoolchildren, Old Friends, Hometown, and A Truck Full of Money.