Tears of Salt (audiobook)

A Doctor's Story

3.9 hrs • 4 CDs • Unabridged
Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Target Audience: Adult
Release Date: 01/09/18
Library CD Library Edition CD titles are packaged in an attractive, full-sized, durable vinyl case with full color art. Cloth Sleeves keep compact discs protected and in numerical order. 
- 01/09/18 9781684410248
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For twenty-five years, Dr. Pietro Bartolo has run the lone medical clinic on the Italian island of Lampedusa. In that time he has rescued, welcomed, and cared for many of the hundreds of thousands of desperate migrants from the Middle East and Africa who have washed up on the island’s shores. In this inspiring account of his life and work, Bartolo shares his quiet dignity, unshakable moral center, and inspirational message—“We can’t and we won’t be governed by our fears.”

The book is filled with Bartolo’s unforgettable tales of pain and hope, moving stories of those who didn’t make it and those who did.

Tears of Salt is both a lasting work of literature and an intimate portrait and fresh perspective on a signal crisis of our time.

Review Quotes

“Dr. Bartolo tells us about rescuing everyone he can, burying those he cannot, and saving their stories as if they were his own. This is a personal, urgent, and universal book.”

Gloria Steinem, activist and #1 New York Times bestselling author

“Through Dr. Bartolo we understand that it is impossible to do nothing in the face of such great human need.”

Vanity Fair

“Heart-wrenching and relevant.”

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

“The good doctor records the hopes, fears, and unforgettable stories of the people he has helped during his long island tenure and offers a new perspective on the refugee crisis.”


“There is great hope and poignancy here.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Moving [and] impassioned…[Bartolo] has written a powerful condemnation of public inertia to foreign tragedies.”

Publishers Weekly