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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group Press (September 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608323986
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608323982
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,607,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mary Fisher is a celebrated artist, author, and speaker who travels the world using art and advocacy to spread compassion and to empower those who share her HIV-positive status. Her vibrant, innovative artwork--including quilts, paintings, sculptures, and photographs--has been featured at galleries and museums around the globe and can be found in distinguished private and public collections. Her extraordinary life experiences, intimate photographs, and bold art have filled five previous books and are featured in several anthologies. Ms. Fisher has served on the Leadership Council of the Global Coalition on Women and AIDS and as an ambassador for the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).

Perhaps best known for her history-making speech at the 1992 Republican National Convention, Ms. Fisher went on to found the Family AIDS Network, a national advocacy organization that has since become the research-oriented Mary Fisher CARE (Clinical AIDS Research and Education) Fund. Through the ABATAKA Foundation, she enables HIV-affected women in Africa to support themselves and their families by creating jewelry that she designs and markets at the website Abataka.org.

The mother of two young men, Max and Zachary, Ms. Fisher lives and works in Sedona, Arizona.


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Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Mary Fisher was raised in Detroit, the daughter of Marjorie and Max Fisher who shaped a legacy in business, politics and philanthropy. Mary left the University of Michigan early to begin a broadcasting career as a television producer. She was still in her mid-twenties when she was named by President Gerald R. Ford as the White House's "first woman Advanceman."

By 1991 Mary had become the single mother of two young sons and was building a career around her first love: art. She was working in mixed media, handmade paper, and sculptures when she was stunned to learn that she was HIV-positive. Within a year, Mary was globally recognized as the AIDS advocate who had keynoted the Republican National Convention (1992) in Houston - a boldly public act for a woman who preferred the quiet of her studio.

In 1993 Mary's former husband, Brian Campbell, died of AIDS. Anticipating that her two sons, Max and Zachary, would soon become orphans as her own disease progressed, she intensified her work as an artist, an activist and an author - ultimately producing five books, and creating art now prized in a wide range of private collections, public galleries and presidential museums. In 2000 she founded the Mary Fisher Clinical AIDS Research and Education (CARE) Fund at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Over the past decade, with the advent of antiretroviral drugs, her life expectancy was extended and her mission broadened to include especially work with HIV-positive women in Africa as well as the U.S.

Mary's advocacy for women and those most impacted by AIDS has been saluted by every seated president from George H.W. Bush to Barack Obama. Active as an artist and philanthropist in her home community (Sedona, AZ), she's also a trustee for the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation and other charitable organizations. She is in constant demand as a speaker known for quiet passion, deep integrity, warm humor, and inspiring stories.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Theresa Duval on August 31, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Mary Fisher is a truly gifted artist and author. Her words will undoubtedly touch you in many ways, profoundly at the least. Her story is about living, dying, and loving. It is about compassion and grace. Thank you Mary for all that you have given us.
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By Dee Durkee on December 11, 2013
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This woman is amazing and a great supporter of local arts as well as working with African women to help them make a sustainable living. She has survived more than most folks even know about, and carries on like a trooper. A great role model.
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By Karry on August 5, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Before reading this book, I had no idea who Mary Fisher was. When she first came out as having AIDS, I was too young to understand what it was and I was too young to ever watch politics or even the news. After reading this book, I am in awe of how strong and wonderful this woman is. This book is so well written that I almost felt as though I was by her side the whole time. She seems very humble, but should really give herself more credit for things that have been done with AIDS because of her. What an excellent role model as a human being all together!
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By Amazon Customer on January 18, 2013
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Mum still has problems with my brothers passing.

Mary is the one person that speaks her language and offers her peace of mind through what she has to say about the great plague.....................

The book gets read, and read...........................
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