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The Half-Mile Miracle [Kindle Edition]

Rocco Piacente , Pamele Inzerillo
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The Half-Mile Miracle is a true story about a remarkable man's journey to survive HIV/AIDS during the late 1980's – an era when most died of the disease and few treatment options were available. Fred was a talented and funny guy, who truly believed he would beat this disease. He achieved amazing things because of his will to live and a loving partner, who provided great care until the end. He amazed everyone, and his story still touches hearts. The book explores love, friendship, family, support, discrimination, death and how all of these elements are affected when terminal illness is added to the mix. The book also includes educational information about the prevention and transmission of HIV. Reading this book will leave an impression on your mind, and so will the story's spiritual twist of fate that confirms how some things are just meant to be.


Product Details

  • File Size: 1863 KB
  • Publisher: MarCom PResign, LLC (December 9, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004FV4SDA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,384,003 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Uplifting New Look at Tragedy November 10, 2012
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Often, I find AIDS memoirs unreadable, because they are, mercifully, dated; and, frequently, their pages throb red with rage so overpowering that the reader finds himself lost in the ire and bereft of discovering meaningful characterization and insight. However, Pamele Inzerillo and Rocco Piacente's refreshing "The Half-mile Miracle" is quite different from most other AIDS memoirs. Written by Inzerillo based upon original journal entries and interviews with Piacente, this slim volume is a true, autobiographic narrative that sets forth the profound relationship that Rocco and his partner Fred Mutti shared in the late 1980's, a relationship that began gorgeously and retained its beauty even after Mutti was diagnosed with HIV and endured the ghastly downward fatal slope that was AIDS at the time. "The Half-mile Miracle" is detailed, carefully constructed, and highly evocative of place and time. It includes personal photographs of the subjects, their friends, and their families.

As is true of most other AIDS memoirs, as I have noted, there is also rage in this book. There has to be, for to have endured an AIDS tragedy such as this during that dark time was to have experienced a close approximation to hell. However, while other memoirs, particularly Paul Monette's superb but igneous "Borrowed Time," become frustratingly enmeshed in the indignity and sociological donnybrook of HIV/AIDS at that time, Inzerillo and Piacente calmly set forth the no-less harrowing story of Mutti's demise and the almost unbearable emotional and physical toll it took upon everyone involved, and the authors allow the reader to make his own judgments as to the social morality. There is, yes, a bit of the soapbox in this book, but it is minimal.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Add this book to your library December 13, 2010
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Serious, yet whimsical, story about a loving gay couple facing insurmountable odds. The story pulls you in and involves you in the ups and downs of their lives and the lives of their loved ones.

Great add for any library!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great heartfelt read January 21, 2011
By MBDavis
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Reading through this touching story, you can't help but get sucked in. The struggles and the joys of their life together really makes you appreciate the time you share with your spouse or loved one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very touching March 16, 2014
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This book had humor, heart and some eye opening details regarding the disease of AIDS.
I did not realize there was so many people that did not understand because they were simply
uninformed and or close minded.
This was very well written, easy reading and was written in a way that allowed the reader to
really get to know each person in the book as if you had known all of them your entire life.
I think everyone should read this book and I hope to see this on the theater stage one day.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get you tissues ready December 5, 2012
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A very powerful first person look at living with, and dying from HIV/AIDS. The remarkable strength of two devoted people and the battle against the disease in the begining of the epidemic. This is a look into the life of a devoted couple and how they each cope with hopeless situation. Read this book for the inspiration of it, do not shy away from it because it is aboiut a gay couple. Everyone can get some meaning out of the wonderful love story. The thing you have to realize is this is NOT a work of fiction. I hope this review helps sway you to purchase and read the book.
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