Greenwich Reads Together

Two books, focused on the key themes of public health and racial justice, Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson and Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder have been selected by the Greenwich community for Greenwich Reads Together 2020.  Greenwich Reads Together (GRT) is a community-wide reading experience which engages all of Greenwich in exploring a designated book(s), and through reading & discussion to build community connections. The Greenwich Alliance is a member of the GRT steering committee along with the Greenwich Library, Greenwich Public Schools and other organizations in town. For more information about the book, reading/discussion guides and film & music suggestions for further exploration, visit


Just Mercy by Byran Stevenson

Just Mercy is a powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time. It is an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer’s coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice. 

Companion books include: Just Mercy (Young Adult Version) for middle school readers and The Undefeated (an ode to black American triumph and tribulation) by Kwame Alexander for elementary school readers.


GRT Author, Bryan Stevenson

Bryan Stevenson as a young lawyer founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he did not commit. The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machination and legal brinksmanship which transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever.


Mountains Byond Mountains by Tracy Kidder 

Mountains Beyond Mountains tells the true story of a gifted man, Dr. Paul Farmer, who loves the world and has set out to do all he can to cure it. In medical school, Farmer found his life’s calling: to cure infectious diseases and to bring the tools of modern medicine to those who need them most. The book takes the reader from Harvard to Haiti, Peru, Cuba and Russia as Farmer changes minds and practices through his dedication to the philosophy “the only real nation is humanity.”

Companion books include: Mountains Beyond Mountains (Young Adult Version) for middle school readers and Manjhi Moves a Mountain by Nancy Churnin for elementary school readers.


GRT Author, Tracy Kidder 

Tracy Kidder graduated from Harvard and studied at the University of Iowa. He is an American writer of non fiction books, who won the Pulitzer Price for The Soul of a New Machine, about the creation of a new computer at Data General Corporation. In Mountains Beyond Mountains, Tracy opens a window into Dr. Farmer’s soul, letting the reader see what truly makes the doctor tick. Tracy currently lives in Massachusetts and Maine; his other books include: Strength in What Remains, My Detachment, Home Town, Old Friends, Among Schoolchildren and House.

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