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First-Year Text

CLASS of 2017: Read the Text before August 23!

2013-2014 First-Year Text

Welcome to the University! Each year, Loyola's first-year students read the same book over the summer. This gives the incoming class a common experience and an example of the values and mission that we hold dear here at Loyola. In many of the first-year writing classes, students will have an opportunity to discuss and write about this year's First-Year Text, Mountains Beyond Mountains.

Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder

“[A] masterpiece . . . an astonishing book that will leave you questioning your own life and political views . . . Kidder opens a window into Farmer’s soul, letting the reader peek in and see what truly makes the good doctor tick.”   —USA Today

This compelling and inspiring book shows how one person can work wonders. In Mountains Beyond Mountains, Pulitzer Prize—winning author Tracy Kidder tells the true story of a gifted man who loves the world and has set out to do all he can to cure it.

In medical school, Paul Farmer found his life's calling: to cure infectious diseases and to bring the lifesaving tools of modern medicine to those who need them most. Kidder’s magnificent account takes us from Harvard to Haiti, Peru, Cuba, and Russia as Farmer changes minds and practices through his dedication to the philosophy that “the only real nation is humanity.” 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.

This story is quite compelling. While reading the book, we are confident you will want to learn more. Open your mind and your heart to the issues that matter in our world. This is just the start of your Loyola education.

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For more information or questions about your First-Year Text, please contact the Office of First-Year Experience at 773.508.7381 or firstyearexperience@luc.edu.


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