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In 2005 Uzodinma Iweala stunned readers and critics alike with Beasts of No Nation, his debut novel about child soldiers in West Africa. Now his return to Africa has produced Our Kind of People, a non-fiction account of the AIDS crisis every bit as startling and original. HIV/AIDS has been reported as one of the most destructive diseases in recent memory—tearing apart communities and ostracizing the afflicted. But the emphasis placed on death, destruction, and despair hardly captures the many and varied effects of the epidemic, or the stories of the extraordinary people who live and die under its watch.
Our Kind of People opens our minds to these stories, introducing a new set of voices and altering the way we speak and think about disease. Iweala embarks on a remarkable journey through his native Nigeria, meeting individuals and communities that are struggling daily to understand both the impact and meaning of HIV/AIDS. He speaks with people from all walks of life—the ill and the healthy, doctors, nurses, truck drivers, sex workers, shopkeepers, students, parents, and children. Their testimonies are by turns uplifting, alarming, humorous, and surprising, and always unflinchingly candid. Integrating his own experiences with these voices, Iweala creates at once a deeply personal exploration of life, love, and connection in the face of disease, and an incisive critique of our existing ideas of health and happiness.
Beautifully written and heartbreakingly honest, Our Kind of People goes behind the headlines of an unprecedented epidemic to show the real lives it affects, illuminating the scope of the crisis and a continent's valiant struggle.
Dr Uzodinma Iweala has written a book of enormous heart and scholarship about a topic that too many know too little about, despite our having heard much of it in the past 30 or so... Read morePublished on August 23, 2013 by Flight Risk (The Gypsy Moth)
Our Kind of People is Uzodinma Iweala's attempt to wrestle with the problem of AIDS in his home country of Nigeria. Read morePublished on April 26, 2013 by Amazon Customer
This was an interesting story on characters dealing with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria. Intended to give insight to Western counties, this is still a different perspective as it is focused... Read morePublished on April 10, 2013 by BMAR
Uzodinma Iwela is originally from NIgeria to the United States. His first book was about child soldiers in West Africa, now he attempts to tell the story of AIDS in Africa. Read morePublished on March 20, 2013 by Lynn Ellingwood
In Iwela's previous book, he used the vehicle of fiction to teach people about the evil and injustice of child slavery, especially focusing on the issue of child soldiers. Read morePublished on February 25, 2013 by Clint Walker
The challenge with writing a medical ethnography is providing the right balance of statistical information and anecdotes/interviews that help put a face on the subject disease. Read morePublished on January 30, 2013 by Sharon E. Cathcart
Iweala tells stories of people who have been affected by the disease and how they have been stigmatized. Read morePublished on January 26, 2013 by iGertrude
This book, partly a conversation about AIDS with people from all walks of life in Nigeria is very moving. Read morePublished on January 20, 2013 by me4real
I lost my best friend to AIDS in 1989, and I still miss him terribly. For years I was terrified of making friends with gay men for fear of losing them. Read morePublished on January 15, 2013 by DJY51