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Offline Denvaux

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Books.
« on: October 03, 2015, 09:56:06 AM »
Ive noticed in the regular advertisements on here that certain books relating to living with HIV are being touted. Ive been thinking about buying one or two, perhaps on kindle if they do kindle versions; does anyone have any insight into the books on offer- whether they are helpful, enlightening etc?  I thought Id ask because Id rather not jump in blind and find after buying that I'm reading something full of artistic license and superficiality.       

Offline Denvaux

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Re: Books.
« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2015, 01:29:12 PM »
 >:(   Mmm, not many book worms with an opinion here?   I guess I shall just have to jump in blind and find out for myself what is on offer!  8)

Offline Bowie-esq

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Re: Books.
« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2015, 03:39:53 PM »
What time of books on HIV? Medical, historical biographical, fiction?
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Offline tednlou2

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Re: Books.
« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2015, 04:41:52 PM »
Dr. Gallant's book was helpful, when I was newly dx'd.  But, to be honest, there was much that I couldn't have just gotten online.  But, I guess it was nice to just read a book, instead of scouring webpages-- especially so soon after dx.  His book wouldn't be very helpful for those past new dx.

Sean Strub has a book, Body Counts.  I use to read a lot, but haven't lately. 

Offline Denvaux

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Re: Books.
« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2015, 03:31:13 PM »
What time of books on HIV? Medical, historical biographical, fiction?

I think that fiction on this subject is out of place; infact I'm surprised fictional titles exist given the subject matter; there again, I suppose, what sells- sells. 
Actually I recently acquired a copy of Edward Hoopers apparently controversial book " the river", not quite what I  was looking for here but its subject  made me curious; it's very large and will take some reading as  I'm not your average book worm.


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Offline Bowie-esq

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Re: Books.
« Reply #5 on: October 22, 2015, 09:41:24 AM »
When treated right fiction on this subject can be pretty cathartic. I guess I mean more literature than fiction. Armistead Maupin for example and his Tales of the City is a great series from pre-AIDS epidemic to the most touching moments of dealing and living with HIV and medication right up until our current Prep-era. A great series of books (should be on every gay mans shelf as standard!) and they are light reading but moving and deep at the same time. "I loved you More" by Tom Spanbauer is semi-autobiographical and pretty gut reaching at times but gives hope and is certainly powerful. Dale Peck is also a good literary  writer on the subject, also at times angry and but moving. He recently published a book of essays "Visions and Revisions" reflecting on "coming of age in the age of AIDS". And then, Angels in America by Tony Kushner as play but also HBO miniseries. And "The Normal Heart" from Larry Kramer (or his Reports from the Holocaust).

Biographical wise : Sean Stubbs "Body Counts" is beautifully written and honest to the subject.

I'm a book worm...
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Offline Denvaux

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Re: Books.
« Reply #6 on: October 22, 2015, 12:00:31 PM »
I stand corrected;  for some fiction on this subject has its place......but I suspect  it's not for me. ???

 


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