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Life Positive: A Journey to the Center of My Heart Paperback – November 25, 2013
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About the Author
Nicholas Snow is a journalist, author, actor, radio and television host, singer/songwriter, LGBT rights activist, and a world-renowned, openly-gay, openly-HIV positive advocate for HIV testing and safer sex. When he learned he had become HIV positive through a rare slip in his safer sex behavior, he held a press conference and has ultimately reached millions of people with his experience, strength, and hope. He created "The Power To Be Strong" HIV Testing/Safer Sex Awareness Song and Music Video Campaign, available for viewing and sharing, subtitled in 20 languages, at www.YouTube.com/ThePowerToBeStrong. In the process, he became one of the most visible, openly-HIV positive people in Asia. Snow tells this story in his riveting, written-as-he-lived-it, living-powerfully-with-HIV memoir, "Life Positive: A Journey to the Center of my Heart." He is also the author of "A Return to Brokeback Mountain: Photos and Interviews from the Historic Hollywood Premiere." For most of the 1990's, Nicholas produced and hosted the hit Los Angeles-area television programs, Tinseltown's Queer and The Nicholas Snow Show. His podcast, Nicholas Snow Live (formerly called SnowbizNow) has been downloaded 1.6 million times since the summer of 2012. He has been openly-gay in the media for about three decades, and is often referred to as "one of the world's primo promo homos." Nicholas lives his mission statement one day at a time which, as he explains, is "to honor and express my creativity in a way that makes a difference." For video clips, contact info, social media links and everything else, visit www.NicholasSnowLive.com.
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He tells his story from real-time journal entries he made and emails he sent from the time he first found out he is HIV positive. The action takes place over a few years and occurs in Thailand, mostly, and also in California.
Like Nicholas, the book is not perfect. It's not for everyone. It is candid about some issues that may be sensitive for the reader, has not a few repetitious passages, and, many times, travels at an exhausting whirlwind pace. But I left the book feeling positive about life. When I finished reading it, I was energized to take action and more fully live.
That, in my book, is a good book to read.
In many ways in Life Positive Snow tells an intimate story as it happens, as it unfolds in real time for the author and readers alike. Written as a series of daily journal entries, Life Positive reveals the author's innermost feelings--of insecurity, despair, and also hope--upon discovering of his HIV-positive diagnosis, and takes us on his journey to the center of his heart, and also to Thailand and back to the States. Along the way, the author provides a wealth of information about the reality of living with HIV--from exposure and diagnosis to disclosure and awareness, and also stigma--and also hands-on advice and tips on AIDS prevention and education. In the process, Snow becomes a recognizable voice in AIDS activism, and in the fight to end the pandemic.
What sets Life Positive apart is its approach to today's HIV/AIDS, to documenting the pandemic uncut and unedited, in a time of social media and instant messages in which we live. As a result, the AIDS story it tells is quite different from that of three decades ago. Mostly, Life Positive is not only a story about living as an HIV positive individual, but also about living a positive life, and living in the moment. Because, as the author explains, at least for the moment, compared to his life that has gotten so big, HIV seems rather tiny.