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A Promise to Remember: The Names Project Book of Letters Paperback – August, 1992


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 323 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books (P) (August 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380767112
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380767113
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,036,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Hundreds of brief letters, most written by people who contributed panels to the huge NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, help humanize the disease by showing how family and friends remember the diverse victims and cope with their losses. Edited by a reporter for the Washington Post , the letters range from mundane to powerful and express a variety of emotions: tenderness, anger, sadness and hope. Some letters surprise, such as a tribute to the "horrible" gay-baiter Roy Cohn and a military man's remembrance of his straight-arrow Army lover. Some sear, such as a mother's lament that "I was taught how to live and how to die with dignity by my son. My only son." The book also includes instructions on how to create a panel and reproduces messages from the Signature Square, a blank piece of the quilt where visitors can inscribe their reactions. A worthy adjunct to our understanding of AIDS, this book should not be taken as a substitute for viewing the colorful, multitudinous and moving quilt itself, which is on display nationally and internationally. Photos not seen by PW.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Format: Paperback
This book contains dozens of messages and essays, some of

which were written by persons who knew they would soon be

remembered via the Quilt, so their stories seem especially

poignant, but it is good that they recorded their feelings

and thoughts for posterity.

Other stories are by friends, lovers, parents, etc.

One of the longer stories is "My Own Little Message" which

I wrote some years back.

-John Morse

Albany NY

March 2005
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By David M. Phillips on January 30, 2014
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moving stories that remind one of the experience of seeing the Quilt. good reads for middle school ages and up
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