One Book, One Community is a community reading program where the goal is to have as many people as possible read and discuss the same book. Park City Library, Summit County Library, and Dolly’s Bookstore are partnering to bring a unique story to the people of Summit County.
The Second Suns is an inspiring story of two very different doctors-one from the United States, the other from Nepal-united in a common mission: to rid the world of preventable blindness. In this transporting book, late author David Oliver Relin shines a light on the work of Geoffrey Tabin and Sanduk Ruit, gifted ophthalmologists who have dedicated their lives to restoring sight to some of the world’s most isolated, impoverished people through the Himalayan Cataract Project, an organization they founded in 1995.
Tabin was the high-achieving bad boy of Harvard Medical School, an accomplished mountain climber and adrenaline junkie as brilliant as he was unconventional. Ruit grew up in a remote Nepalese village, where he became intimately acquainted with the human costs of inadequate access to health care. Together they found their life’s calling: tending to the afflicted people of the Himalayas, a vast mountainous region with an alarmingly high incidence of cataract blindness.
Second Suns takes us from improvised plywood operating tables in villages without electricity or plumbing to state-of-the-art surgical centers at major American universities where these two driven men are restoring sight-and hope-to patients from around the world. With their revolutionary, inexpensive style of surgery, Tabin and Ruit have been able to cure tens of thousands-all for about twenty dollars per operation.
David Oliver Relin brings the doctors’ work to vivid life through poignant portraits of patients helped by the surgery, from old men who cannot walk treacherous mountain trails unaided to cataract-stricken children who have not seen their mothers’ faces for years. With the dexterity of a master storyteller, Relin shows the profound emotional and practical impact that these operations have had on patients’ lives. Second Suns is the moving, unforgettable story of how two men with a shared dream are changing the world, one pair of eyes at a time.
Dolly’s Bookstore, in a partnership with Park City Library and Summit County Library, is pleased to welcome Dr. Geoffrey Tabin – one of the two doctors featured in the book – to a speaking event to cap the summer of reading on Thursday, August 14, 2014 at the Sheldon Richins Building Auditorium (at the Summit County Library) at 7:00 PM.
Copies of Second Suns will be available at Dolly’s Bookstore and our libraries. In addition, several copies will be handed out to be shared around our community. Thank you for joining us!