The book and movie are brilliant. This book is great if you want to know the origins of Aids. However, Gaetan Dugas was Not “Patient Zero“. It is believed that Robert Rayford, a black young man from Missouri is the First case of Aids and he died from it in 1969. This was confirmed in 2007 by testing the dead boy’s blood and the results confirmed that he indeed died of AIDS. By reading this book I learned of gay practices I had no idea about, the use of “enhancers” such as poppers, the practicing of something called “fisting”. There was a Huge division within the gay community; those who were monogamous and more family oriented and wanted the bathhouses to close, and the ones that were promiscuous and had had sexual partners in the upward thousands. The book traces the origins of Aids from Africa, the first case reported in 1981 and the latter part of the late 80’s. Sadly Randy Shilts died in 1994. I recommend the HBO movie, it has a Brilliant ensemble cast but Matthew Modine stood out the most as Dr. Don Francis and his Speech in this scene was very powerful.
“How many dead hemophiliacs do you need? How many people have to die to make it cost efficient for you people to do something about it? A hundred? A thousand? Give us a number so we won’t annoy you again until the amount of money you begin spending on lawsuits makes it more profitable for you to save people then to kill them?”
Another book recommended to me is The River by Edward Hooper.
I just got this wonderful book in the mail. Had been eagerly waiting for it since I’ve heard great things about it. I cannot wait to read it.
Say hello to hygge This wonderful article talks about how this book has become a best seller and how not only the Danish but the Scandinavian way of life is a great way to live.
I love this book. I love Francie Nolan because she’s not your typical blond blue eye beauty. She is REAL, growing up in an impoverished family in early 1900’s Williamsburg Brooklyn, she learns at a very young age the hardships of life. Nonetheless, that is no reason for her to not find happiness in the unlikeliest places. Deep down she always knew Neeley her younger brother, was Katie’s favorite. But unlike her mother, dad Johnny Nolan always had time for her and would stay up at night sometimes talking to her. I cried so much when her dad died, never again would she hear him coming up the Steps singing “Molly Malone”. Francie is an inspirational character and that tree had a particular meaning for her, one which I won’t give away here. It’s a wonderful book and it comes HIGHLY recommended. Also Brooklyn is my Home!!! 🙂
I die a little inside everytime I hear someone say that reading is Only for Nerds or is the most boring thing on earth. Last person who told me this I said “You must be the most boring and unimaginative person alive!”. Seriously, WTF is wrong with people! How can Anyone NOT love something as liberating and wonderful as reading a book. And we ask ourselves why the world is the way it is?! I swear I think Technology has rendered people more Stupid with the Passage of time instead of the opposite. #allreadersunite
I cannot wait to read this corky book. 🙂 I usually don’t like to read books that everyone else reads but I’ve heard so many great things about it and the quotes are so great makes me want to read it all the more. Plus the fact that is set in the 1980’s. It’s now on my kindle awaiting its turn to be read. 🙂
Fantastic movie!! I usually read the book before seeing a movie or see the movie and if I find it’s based on a book and I liked the film then I read the book. Jessica Chastain is one of my favorite actresses and I could not resist. Beautiful movie, incredibly well acted. I cannot wait to read the book.
I LOVE BOOKS!!! The Outsiders is one of my favorite classics and I look forward to reading it again. The movie is equally amazing. A new book in my #toreadlist is Women Who Run With the Wolves. I found this book thanks to the wonderful movement of book sharing started by Actress Emma Watson. I’ve been a book fairy for a while now. 🙂