From Publishers Weekly
Reflecting on the diagnosis of a husband, the loss of a friend or the survival of a mother, the 58 first-person narratives collected here give voice to bald statistics, such as that AIDS is the #1 killer of black women between the ages of 24 and 34. The writers include a "woman living luxuriously in the suburbs of Los Angeles," a man who "found excitement in the orgy scene," someone who "discovered [his] own feelings for AIDS through other people" and another who can "hardly remember what it was like not to have HIV." Famous voices, such as Al Sharpton, Patti LaBelle and Randall Robinson, as well as four congressional representatives are here, but the full power of this book rises from the personal testimonies of African-Americans writing from varied sexual, gender, class and lifestyle perspectives. This passionate collection is strengthened by William Yarbro's context-setting essay and highly practical advice from Jocelyn Elders, Herndon Davis and Dyana Williams. "Having watched countless accounts of the virus's impact on the African American community," Robertson writes, "I was dismayed by how few African Americans were an active part of this dialogue." Not any longer: those voices are loud and clear. (Dec.)
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As I read LaBelle became Sharpton became the next writer as each essay bled into the other to present a sobering and often prophetic picture of HIV/AIDS.In essence, the book presents an interesting picture-in-text of a beleaguered group, a picture taken through the lenses of hope and prayer in order to confront a common enemy that crept in as people slept, and continues its assault as they lie half-awake the book is guaranteed to make you think, and perhaps inspire you to do something. Though wet with tears, it is also full of love, compassion, and the kind of strength that, according to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., allows people to ..". go on anyhow." --Joseph P. Blake "Philadelphia Inquirer ""