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The Voices of AIDS Hardcover – October 18, 1995


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Hardcover: 225 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (October 18, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 068805322X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688053222
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,736,081 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Lots of books give the facts about AIDS, but this book does something much more important: it makes them real. These interviews with people of all ages and backgrounds, all affected in some way by AIDS, destroy the myth that AIDS only matters to "other people." An ALA Best Book for Young Adults, this honest, poignant and inspiring collection of voices was called "hard-hitting but wholly compassionate" by Kirkus.

From Publishers Weekly

The author of 100 Questions & Answers About AIDS effectively balances objective information about AIDS with accounts of individual experiences with AIDS and HIV to provide a helpful introductory look at this urgent subject. "AIDS Fast Facts"-succinct, unflinching discussions about AIDS transmission, "safer" sex, the hows and whys of testing, etc.-alternate with a dozen chapter-length Q&A-style interviews. Some of Ford's respondents are HIV-positive while others have an infected friend or relative; all, however, are committed AIDS activists or educators. While their stories are affecting, the actual statements are often rambling and repetitious, and a few speakers rely heavily on pop psychology. On the other hand, the interviewees come from a range of social and cultural backgrounds, challenging widespread stereotypes of people with AIDS. This book impressively demonstrates that there is no one population "at risk"-and that responsible behavior is everyone's business. Ages 12-up.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

Michael Thomas Ford is the author of more than fifty books in genres ranging from humor to horror, literary fiction to nonfiction. His work for adult readers includes the best-selling novels What We Remember, Changing Tides, Full Circle, Looking for It and Last Summer, and his five essay collections in the "Trials of My Queer Life" series. As a writer for young adults he is the author of Suicide Notes and Z (forthcoming in 2010), and under the name Isobel Bird he wrote the popular "Circle of Three" series. In 2009 he signed a 3-book deal with Random House for a series featuring Jane Austen as a modern-day vampire. The first book in the series, Jane Bites Back, will be published in January, 2010. His work has been nominated for 11 Lambda Literary Awards, twice winning for Best Humor Book and twice for Best Romance Novel. He was also nominated for a Horror Writers Association Bram Stoker Award (for his novel The Dollhouse That Time Forgot) and a Gaylactic Spectrum Award (for his short story "Night of the Werepuss").

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