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Product Details

  • Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (January 16, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595262538
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595262533
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,909,222 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Josh Thomas is an award-winning reporter who for ten years was editor and publisher of Gaybeat, Ohio's Gay Newspaper. In 1983 he co-founded AIDS Volunteers of Cincinnati, one of the world's first AIDS agencies. He is the author of the Amazon bestseller Murder at Willow Slough.

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Author, blogger, activist and social worker; gardener, cook, Episcopalian and Democrat. Obama co-coordinator for my rural county in Indiana; we carried the state for the first time in 44 years!

I save and reply to every fan letter and have made some good friends that way, so feel free to write.

One of the best reader-reviews on Amazon of "Willow Slough" is the most recent one by "Jane in Canada." Don't know who she is but I'm very grateful; she got an essential point. The character Jamie has it all and yet he has nothing, until one day, because of someone else's tragedy, he meets his destiny. Bad reviews sting momentarily, but good reviews stay with me for a lifetime.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By P. Schroder on April 14, 2003
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This book is about the establishment of the world's first Gay and Lesbian university. We have women's colleges, historically Black colleges, ones for poets and dentists and engineers. What might a Gay one be like?
It's an intriguing thought, and while you may not agree with the author's concept, I bet you start to picture the classroom discussions, the theatricals, the sex education, social clubs, sports teams and that fabulous marching band!
How Andy Coulter goes about creating this school, and why, is plausibly handled and entertainingly written. The pages fly by as this rich egomaniac and his hot, handsome boytoy refine their ideas, raise money and win hearts to create the school. As Andy tells a cheering crowd, "Jerry Falwell has a university. Pat Robertson has a university. Oral Roberts does; the Pope has hundreds. So tell me, isn't it about time Gay and Lesbian people had a university?"
Andy made me laugh, and he made me think; this all could happen someday. Our own research institutes could study politics and social change, immunology and policing, high-tech and fine arts; a university is a center of power. Heck, I'd buy season tickets just to see the drum major and all the twirlers.
Every year, Andy's Alumni will gather for the Homecoming game to watch their Fighting Rebels defeat a Straight team. You can almost smell the nachos and hot pretzels, the tailgate parties done gay-style.
What a fantasy! And one that could be a reality. Andy knows how to make dreams come true, complete with a handsome quarterback and a pretty coed from Queens. I am so glad I matriculated by reading Andy's Big Idea. Now I want to help make it happen for the Next Generation.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Tripp on April 15, 2008
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When I read the description of this book, it did not jump out at me. However, I had just read Murder at Willow Slough so I decided to give Andy's Big Idea the benefit of the doubt. I was not disappointed. This book was able to dance politics with hope (I know that doesn't seem possible but Mr. Thomas pulls it off well). It is about the creation of a safe haven for kids to grow and heal, a place where they can learn to love themselves and others safely. Most importantly though, it is about the older generation of a community that has constantly been put down, coming together to give the next generation a fighting chance. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who wants to see a better future.
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