06th Voice

6th Voice

Tracy Kidder is well known for his book, House (1985), a drama about the interactions between architect, builder, and newlywed clients. House reads like a novel but is a documentary chronicle of the architect, builders, and homeowners in the design and construction of the award-winning Souweine House in Amherst, Massachusetts.

After graduating from Harvard in 1967, he served as first lieutenant in Vietnam from 1967 until 1969 and was awarded a Bronze Star. He returned to school and received a Masters from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Other bestselling works by him include The Soul of a New Machine (1982)—which earned him a Pulitzer and a National Book Award; Among Schoolchildren (1989); Old Friends (1993); Home Town (1999); Mountains Beyond Mountains (2003); My Detachment (2005); and most recently, Strength in What Remains (2010). Kidder is a regular contributor to the New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly and The New York Times Book Review. 

 He lives with his wife in western Massachusetts and Maine.

"I’m interested in how ordinary people live their lives." —Tracy Kidder