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And the Band Played On
And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic, 20th-Anniversary Edition | Randy Shilts
Upon it's first publication twenty years ago, And The Band Played on was quickly recognized as a masterpiece of investigatve reporting. An international bestseller, a nominee for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and made into a critically acclaimed movie, Shilts' expose revealed why AIDS was allowed to spread unchecked during the early 80's while the most trusted institutions ignored or denied the threat. One of the few true modern classics, it changed and framed how AIDS was discussed in the following years. Now republished in a special 20th Anniversary edition, And the Band Played On remains one of the essential books of our time.
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Lizpixie
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Bk3 of #JumpStart2023 is finally done! This is over 31hrs long, but so worth it. About the beginning of the AIDS crisis, it infuriated me, made me think & most of all made me so sad. The infighting & bullshit from gov, doctors & the gay community is just unfathomable. The fact it hit them first complicated the issue unnecessarily & caused so many needless deaths.😢 #BookspinBingo #Booked2023 #AboutAPandemic #NonFictionBingo2023 #IWillSurvive👇

Clwojick I love your bullet journal pages! ❤️ 3w
Lizpixie @Clwojick thank you! It‘s taking me longer than I thought to get it done, I‘m soooo not an artist, but I‘m trying to get at least 4 transferred into my bujo from my list every day. My fault for going overboard once again!🤷🏻‍♀️ 3w
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Clwojick I know the feeling! I started mine in November since I had a two page list of spread and challenges 😂 3w
Lauredhel Nine days in to 2023 and wow! 3w
Amiable This is SUCH a good book —everyone should read it . 3w
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! Love your bujo layouts!! 3w
SamAnne I reread this during the pandemic. 3w
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Lizpixie
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#JumpStart2023 Spent today trying to sort through all my 2023 Challenges for my bujo(why do I do this to myself every year??🤦🏻‍♀️)and listening to this NF audiobook about the start of the AIDS crisis 40yrs ago. It‘s making me so mad it‘s getting harder to concentrate. I knew the first years were bad, but the apathy of the government, doctors & even the community it hit the hardest is just unfathomable. Prolonged deaths by the thousands😠

TrishB This book made me so sad and mad too. 3w
Ruthiella I just read this last month and the sheer waste of human lives is heartbreaking. 💔 3w
Hooked_on_books It‘s hard to stomach, but it‘s an excellent book. 3w
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Lizpixie
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Got some #audiojournaling done today,finally! I only just got my new journals, auspost is really doing a great job lately.Not.😠At least they‘re here now.Do you like my new journal? Special edition with my name on the cover. I love it!Totally worth the extra money. I‘ve been meaning to read the tagged book for years, finally getting to it for the 40th anniversary of the start of the AIDS epidemic.So infuriating and so so sad🏳️‍🌈🫶 #JumpStart2023

julesG 😍😍😍 Love all the supplies. (Post is slow here, too. Seems they went into hibernation on Boxing Day.) 4w
Larkken Your supplies are inspirational! I‘m using the same ones from last couple years until they run out or I can find a place for new ones 😂🤩 4w
Clwojick Ahhhh! I love all the stationary! 😍 I‘ve considered getting my 1817s titled as well, but I haven‘t pulled the trigger yet. After seeing yours, I might have to though! 💖 3w
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Lizpixie @julesG thank you! I‘m still waiting on a #jolabokaflodswap & my #aussiesecretsanta packages! 3w
Lizpixie @Larkken I‘m glad to inspirate. I have a huge tub full of more art supplies as well, when I did the #greatlibrarycleanof2022 my daughter went to Kmart & bought me ten 50litre tubs and we spent two weeks sorting everything. Now I have them stacked & labeled in their own spot in my library.👍 (edited) 3w
Lizpixie @Clwojick I‘m so happy with my journal! They brought the Bullet Journal special edition in black & this blush pink this year. Not much of a choice, I would‘ve preferred a yellow but🤷🏻‍♀️Where I bought it had the option of whatever you wanted on it in foil(gold,rose or silver)or colour. I think the rose on the blush pink turned out nice. I was gonna go with Lizpixie!🤓 3w
Clwojick You should have!!!! 💖 3w
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Ruthiella
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“Everybody subsequently agreed that the news media should have offered better coverage of the epidemic much earlier, and that the federal government should have done much, much more. By the time everyone agreed to this however it was too late. Instead people died. Tens of thousands of them.”

Hard hitting, comprehensive & tragic. Over 600 pages but it read fast.

Read for #Booked2022 - About the AIDS epidemic. Also works for #NonfictionNovember

Amiable Oh, this book is SOO good. I recommend to everyone I can. 2mo
Cinfhen I‘ve heard this is fabulous! Maybe I‘ll read it for #Booked2023 #AboutAPandemic 2mo
Reggie I was telling a coworker this week about how that gay couple goes to a fortune teller and she spells out Toxoplasmosis. And one of the guys thinks she‘s a hack because only cats get that. But what they didn‘t know yet was that the disease destroyed their immunity so bad they started getting diseases humans never had to worry about before. Also, that young man who had that sheep‘s disease from California. Rip Randy Shilts. (edited) 2mo
Ruthiella @Reggie Yes, I remember that. At first I thought he included it because it was ridiculous. All those young men in their prime, including Shilts. 💔 2mo
BkClubCare Oh!! Yes. The movie of this hit me hard and it was before I ever knew abt “movies based on BOOKS”. 2mo
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violabrain
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This book is absolutely gripping. It was also completely infuriating to read, not only for what happened during the AIDS epidemic, but how literally every single mistake is being repeated now with Covid (and monkeypox). Everyone should read this book, if you didn‘t read it back when it came out in 1988.

Amiable Oh my gosh, I read this a few years ago and was totally mesmerized. SUCH a good book! 6mo
violabrain @Amiable It really is! This has been on my shelf for a while, so I‘m so glad I finally read it! (P.S. I see you live in Connecticut! I grew up in West Hartford!) (edited) 6mo
Amiable @violabrain Hi, neighbor! I grew up in North Haven. Now I live in East Lyme and work in New Haven. Where are you now? 6mo
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violabrain @Amiable Oh nice! I live in AZ now, so pretty far away! 😂 6mo
Amiable @violabrain That is a huge change! Yikes. I wouldn‘t be able to handle the heat there. I can barely struggle through it when temps are in the 90s around here! 😖😀 6mo
violabrain @Amiable Yeah, the heat is definitely my least favorite part of living here. I moved for a job, so it‘s not my first choice of places to live. Fortunately the extreme dryness tempers the heat. 90° with 5% humidity actually feels quite pleasant. :) 6mo
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Bookwormjillk
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This book about the AIDS epidemic was a powerful read in its own right, but absolutely infuriating when read against the backdrop of everything we‘ve gone through in the past two years. I was under the gun to get this finished for a work book club- I will come back to it in a few years for a more careful read.

TheBookHippie I believe you can still watch it as well on all different platforms .. it‘s so powerful I reread it recently brings it all back… 11mo
Bookwormjillk @TheBookHippie someone told me it‘s on Netflix. Very powerful. 11mo
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Bookwormjillk
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This was a better week. I got in some good workouts at the gym, and had some much needed time off for a ski adventure with the kiddos at the end of the week. I was a little more consistent with my journaling.

I‘ve been listening to the tagged audiobook while I work out, and wow, the parallels to today are frustrating.
#BFC2022

BkClubCare Have you seen the movie? I recall stumbling onto the film mid-way (years ago) and really getting sucked in. Have had the book on tbr, yet to get to. Thanks for the reminder. 11mo
Bookwormjillk @BkClubCare no, I hadn‘t heard of the book until someone recommended it to my book club. I‘ll have to look for the movie after. 11mo
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jenniferw88
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4 🌟 🎧 A good introduction to the AIDS epidemic but I should have found out a bit about Harvey Milk before I started. Also #ownvoices #integrateyourshelf @ChasingOm @Emilymdxn

#booked2021 #hear #here #audiobook #setwhereyoulive (audiobook option for me) #spring @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

#bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

#nonfiction #readingwithmaja @maich

ChasingOm Interesting about Harvey Milk. Have you watched the movie MILK with Sean Penn? 2y
jenniferw88 @ChasingOm no, but perhaps I should put it on the to be watched list! 2y
Cinfhen 🎧♥️🙌🏻 2y
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great book! I second the suggestion about the Harvey Milk movie. 2y
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jenniferw88
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Listening to this right now - it's over 31 hours long and I've got 20hrs 25mins left!

It's beginning to make me angry - the doctors and politicians etc are not taking this seriously enough!

The CDC is reminding me of my nursery though as it has the same initials for the abbreviation!

#integrateyourshelf @ChasingOm @Emilymdxn

kspenmoll This book was huge when it came out. My husband was covering AIDS during 80s-90s for CT newspaper. 2y
ChasingOm Starting the year out with a chunkster! Sounds like important reading though. ❤️ 2y
umbrellagirl Just finished (and loved) this one. I learned a few new Spanish words too! Highly recommended for someone looking for a Mexican American voice, and anyone really. 2y
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AmyG Excellent book. 2y
dariazeoli @AmyG Yes, and thank you for gifting it to me! I‘m just sorry it took me a couple years to get to it ☺️ 2y
Andrew65 Interesting reading. 2y
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Scochrane26 This is on my kindle, but I still haven‘t read it. 2y
TrishB Excellent, though heart breaking and sad and makes you angry! 2y
Reggie I remember reading this and how much about the immune system wasn‘t known in the 1980s. How those two guys went to a fortune teller and she spelled out that the guy who was sick had toxoplasmosis. And his bf said she was a hack because only cats got that. But he did have it. 2y
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dariazeoli
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Made it to Christmas staycation! Here are the books I‘d like to finish before kissing this crappy year to the curb. I like starting with a clean reading shelf when the calendar turns that page.

Let‘s see if I can do this.

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jenniferw88
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#integrateyourshelf @ChasingOm @Emilymdxn

Being a huge fan of Queen & Freddie Mercury 💔, it's no surprise that I want to read this book. AND it's currently £3 on Audible!

160pts #teamreadnosedreindeer #wintergames2020 @StayCurious

ChasingOm That sounds perfect for you! 2y
TheBookHippie The book and movie and play are all excellent. 2y
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Amiable
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Thanks to @squirrelbrain for the tag! #Two4Tuesday

1. The tagged book is amazing and everyone should read it. Which is what I tell everyone when I‘m recommending it to them.
2. I‘m pretty clear on what I like and don‘t like, so I don‘t often ask for recommendations. Usually people come to me for suggestions instead.

Tagging @CarolynM , @Tanisha_A and @Ruthiella !

Ruthiella Thanks for the tag! 😀 3y
squirrelbrain Book sounds great - stacked! 3y
TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 🌞 3y
Tanisha_A Stacking the book, sounds very good. Thanks for the tag! 😁 3y
CarolynM This is a book I've been interested in for a long time but never got around to reading. I've stacked it now, hopefully that will remind me🙂 Thanks for the tag😘 3y
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BrieHive
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Kinda topical to read this during a pandemic. This book goes through the AIDS epidemic starting before we even had a name for it and goes through the politics and people surrounding it all. A lot of details here, almost anything you‘d want to know about the epidemic.

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Nikki_E
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I read the book about a year ago, now I‘m watching the movie on HBO Max.

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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#integrateyourshelf @ChasingOm @Emilymdxn

Litsy has been such a positive influence for my intentional intersectional reading habits! I‘m glad to re-energize these choices since I‘ve been less focused on #diversevoices lately.

58 books in 2020
6 Black
5 Other POC
6 LGBTQIA+ (could be more ... not all authors put that front and center)
0 Indigenous 😰

2 Black authors in my currents reads as well

Emilymdxn Fantastic! We all have more we can do and hopefully being reflective halfway through the year can help. I agree it‘s difficult to assess LGBT authors, it‘s impossible to be exact on any criteria I guess 3y
ChasingOm Thanks for joining us! It‘s definitely hard to find some data especially when there are still stigmas attaches to some identities. 3y
KatieDid927 Yeah, having a real hard time coming up with an accurate LGBTQ number. 3y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage @Emilymdxn Thanks for offering us the opportunity to reflect together! 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @ChasingOm Thanks for starting this thread. Yeah, personally I think no one has an obligation to share their specific personal details. But I‘m sure I could find more gossipy info if I wanted to dig around. But I don‘t. 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @keithmalek What?? How does this relate and did you mean to post it here? 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @KatieDid927 Not everyone is obligated to share those details. Some are out and proud, some are private. That‘s okay by me. 🌈 3y
keithmalek Never mind. 3y
KatieDid927 @BarbaraTheBibliophage Totally agree! Just not sure how accurate my tally would be. 3y
Reggie @KatieDid927 maybe your problem was the same as mine because some of my black authors overlapped with my LGBTQ numbers. I just separated everything so that way it didn‘t double my books. 3y
KatieDid927 @Reggie Part of it is I just genuinely don‘t know how all authors choose to identify, which is okay! They don‘t all need to let readers know, but it makes it harder to categorize. Also with people like Langston Hughes, who many thought to be queer but we don‘t actually know for sure. Should I count him or not? Another Litten suggested counting representation in the text regardless of author identity, because it‘s still representation. I‘ll ponder. 3y
KatieDid927 @Reggie But yes valid points as authors like Roxane Gay would fall under both categories. 3y
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SamAnne
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Five stars. Gripping investigative journalism. A very emotional read for me having lost friends and come of age in the late 80s. More comments in the #nonfictionnerds Goodreads group which I highly recommend.

SamAnne Glad I had my hens! Something so comforting about listening to their contented clucks as they forage. 3y
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SamAnne
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I‘m reading this and Pale Rider about the Spanish Flu epidemic. Perhaps not the wisest decision for my mental health, but fascinating. So many parallels with our current pandemic. Politics chosen over prudent policies. The push & pull between individual libertities vs. safety of the general public. I‘m taking the threat seriously but live in a community where not everyone is. Things start opening up on Tues. & I‘m bracing for the 2nd wave.

JSW This is such a great book. I read it years ago and it was my intro to journalistic, narrative nonfiction done right. 3y
SamAnne @JSW I thought I had read it but realize I hadn‘t. Had read many other pieces. I went to college in 1985 and the AIDS crisis was front and center. So much respect for Randy Shilts. 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage I saw a lot of the same parallels. I‘ve read our June book already, so I‘m planning Pale Rider then. 3y
Amiable It really is a phenomenal book. 3y
plemmdog I just finished it. Devastating. I think I liked “Noon Wine” even better, which I wasn‘t expecting. I read Shilts‘ book the year it came out, when I was in my 20s, and while there are a lot of similarities, the rapidity of which this virus kills terrifies me, as a physician. At least families could be present at the deathbed back in the 80s. 3y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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This is 600 pages of intense details, drawn from thousands of interviews with 900+ people. Despite being published in 1987, it remains one of the most definitive books on the history of AIDS and the gay community. The public health and epidemiology parallels with today are strong, as are the moments of political wrangling and protest. 5 stars

Full review http://www.TheBibliophage.com
#thebibliophage2020
#nonfictionchallenge2020 #somethinglgbtqia

DebinHawaii I watched the movie, actually a few times over the years and have always meant to read the book. 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @DebinHawaii I really want to watch the movie. Also A Normal Heart from Larry Kramer, who‘s a big part of the book. The book is just so well done. 3y
DebinHawaii @BarbaraTheBibliophage Thanks! I‘ll put that one on my list too. 3y
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charl08 I want to read this one - read and thought France's book was amazing. 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @charl08 Oh, I‘m glad to know about David France‘s book. I already own it, and would like to read it in the next few weeks. I think they will make a good pair! 3y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I really need to get reading my nonfiction piles... this one I probably should have read ages ago. 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Riveted_Reader_Melissa It‘s been a little dicey to read nonfiction lately ... 3y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @BarbaraTheBibliophage Yea, I‘ve definitely been feeling that way 3y
quirkyreader I read this when it first came out. What‘s unsettling is that there is still no cure. 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @quirkyreader It is unsettling, although treatment is much improved. At the time of this book, there was practically nothing. But after all this time, there‘s no vaccine. It‘s a dose of reality as we discuss a C19 vaccine as if it‘s a done deal. 3y
Reggie I remember when the couple went to the tarot card reader and she spells out that the guy has toxoplasmosis. That the boyfriend thinks she‘s a fraud cause only cats get it. Little did they know. I read this book over 15 years ago. Thinking about some of it still makes me angry. 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Reggie Right! That was pretty amazing. It‘s definitely got a lot of content. 3y
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Amiable
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Meticulously researched and excellently written account of how AIDS became an epidemic and its medical, social and political ramifications. This is a masterpiece of investigative journalism. Highly recommend. Looking forward to the discussion in the Goodreads #NonfictionNerds group.

Megabooks Totally agree! 3y
SamAnne I‘m reading right now, or really rereading. Came of age in the 80s and it brings back some sad memories. But so good. 3y
Amiable @Megabooks 👍 @SamAnne Me too -- I was in high school in the early-mid 1980s. I definitely remember hearing about AIDS, but I'm embarrassed to admit that the discussions and political stuff around it were all sort of a vague blur in the background that didn't really penetrate the self-absorption of my teenage life. I really appreciate how thoroughly comprehensive this book is. (edited) 3y
SamAnne @Amiable I‘m reading it for the #NonfictionNerds book too! I highly recommend the movie version of Angels in America based on Tony Kushner‘s play if you haven‘t seen it. Stellar cast and captures so much. 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great review. I‘m just posting mine now. So glad I read this with a group and right now. 3y
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dariazeoli
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We‘ve got two monthly reads for May! Join us for one or both. I‘ll be reading the tagged book. #NonfictionNerds

https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/1061034-nonfiction-nerds

Megabooks Band is fantastic! Really fascinating. Actually read like a really long suspense book. 3y
Daisey My hold for Pale Rider came in so I‘m going to try to start listening this week. 3y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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Well, here‘s my week. Cooking. Closing my office up and moving stuff to storage. Hopefully temporary. New book on audio and in print. It‘s 600 pages-ish so this way I hope to finish it sooner. And tonight listening to live music on Crowdcast from my favorite local speakeasy.

Jeannineth I loved this book but it was dense. There is a movie about it that i saw many years ago. 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Jeannineth I think it‘s fascinating so far. I remember some parts of it, since I was in high school in the early 80s. But I lived in the Midwest at the time, so it felt pretty far away too. 3y
Bookboss Great book 3y
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Megabooks I‘m sorry about your office. It‘s a great book. There was an excellent HBO adaptation in the 1990s. It is available on Amazon prime video. 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Megabooks Thanks. It‘s really okay that I‘m closing. Not paying overhead (with no income) just means I‘ll hopefully be in a better position to open again when it‘s safe. Glad I‘m not stuck in a lease right now. And yes, I do know about the movie of ... The Band Played... May watch when I‘ve finished. 💕😘 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Bookboss Yes, it‘s fascinating and sad. 3y
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Amiable
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I‘m reading a book about the AIDS epidemic; Hubby just started a book about smallpox. Because the family that reads about infectious diseases together in the middle of a pandemic ... are, well, probably a couple of weirdos. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Cortg The more you know 😉 3y
SamAnne You reading for the Goodreads group Nonfiction Nerds?. I‘m going to reread/listen to The Band Played On and maybe try to tackle Pale Rider too. But might be too much Pandemic reading? (edited) 3y
Amiable @SamAnne Yes. I already finished “Pale Rider” last month so I figured I‘d dive into this one too. Both are excellent reads! 3y
Megabooks The movie adaptation of this is excellent too. Available on Amazon prime. I listened to the audiobook. I think it‘s the longest I‘ve ever listened to!! 3y
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Amiable
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Reading about the early days of AIDS research. This is happening in 1983. Yeah. It‘s THAT Dr. Anthony Fauci. Dude‘s been around infectious diseases a long time. I think he knows a few more things than the current occupant of the White House. 🙄😖😷

BarbaraTheBibliophage For sure!! I need to get started on this book ... #nonfictionnerds 3y
Amiable @BarbaraTheBibliophage It‘s so good! The writing is fabulous. It reads like a thriller. 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Amiable Cool! I might just start it next. Anything with our superhero Dr. F in it! 3y
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Hooked_on_books My left shoe knows a few more things than the current occupant of the White House. 🙄 3y
Amiable @Hooked_on_books LOL! Absolutely. And I‘d vote for your shoe before I‘d vote for that idiot. 3y
CarolynM 👍 3y
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Amiable
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Enjoying —or should I say inhaling? — some fresh air and sunshine on my front porch. Thank goodness the weather is getting warmer and we can do some of our quarantining outside.

Nute Definitely understanding the use of the word “inhaling” for breathing fresh outdoor air right now! I‘m doing things around the outside of the home and in the yard today and it feels very refreshing!🙂 3y
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Amiable
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My goodness, how great is this book? I‘ve had it for forever and finally buckled down to read it. The writing is wonderful—I‘ve been mesmerized since page 1.

dariazeoli Looking forward to reading it in May for #nonfictionnerds! 3y
Hooked_on_books Yeah, this is a good one! It never compares, of course, but I think they did a pretty nice job with the movie, too. 3y
Amiable @dariazeoli 600 pages with tiny print —I had to open it now to get a running start for May! 😀 (edited) 3y
Amiable @Hooked_on_books I have not seen the movie, but I‘m going to look it up when I‘m done reading this! 3y
TrishB This was an amazing book 👍🏻 3y
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I'm re-reading this book about the early days of the AIDS epidemic; it's so well done, and damning of the lack of action early on. I saw the miniseries years ago, and can't believe I forgot Sir Ian McKellen was one of the main characters. I want to see this again, when I'm in the right frame of mind. #nonfiction #AIDS

Megabooks Fantastic book! I listened to the audiobook. HBO adapted it into a wonderful/terrifying/angering movie back when it came out. You can watch it on Amazon Prime video. (edited) 3y
OnlyYoo The ending of this book made me cry! 3y
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KimM
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This is a huge book but compulsively readable. It's been on my TBR for awhile now and I'm glad i finally got to it for my Fall - Politics challenge. Very well-written and researched early history of AIDs in the US up to 1987.

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OnlyYoo
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Wow was this book a ride. I know that the AIDS epidemic happened in the 80s but this book did such a great job of getting me so caught up in the times. I fell in love with these people and cried when they were diagnosed. I recommend this book so much!

TrishB Read this a couple of weeks ago too 😪 4y
OnlyYoo @TrishB it‘s just so good!! 😭 4y
TrishB It definitely is 👍🏻 4y
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Nute I still think about this book which I read many years ago. It‘s an important book. 3y
OnlyYoo @Nute it really is. It actually made me so mad how political they made science. Disease isn‘t a gay or heterosexual issue. It‘s a human issue and should be addressed as such 3y
Nute Yes! 3y
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OnlyYoo
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My dad recommended this to me to explain how terrifying it was to be a doctor during the AIDS epidemic. Patients were dying for unknown reasons and a diagnosis was basically a death sentence

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TrishB
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Took me three days to finish as work has been bonkers and I haven‘t had much time to read. I was determined to power through tonight. Politicians - I am so angry at the organised bigotry and hatred that led to so many deaths, or even just the apathy that meant people with power generally didn‘t care. 💔💔💔 A book that will stay with me.
Thanks @Reggie for recommending.

Megabooks I listened to the audiobook. It was incredibly moving! HBO made it into a movie (a long time ago), and I rewatched it after I read the audiobook 2 years ago. Still as good as I remembered. Very true to the book! 4y
MicheleinPhilly I have not read this as I have been too afraid of my emotions. 4y
Reggie I remember the gay couple who went to the fortune teller and she spelled out toxoplasmosis but the bf was like what a crock because only cats get that. That none of us knew how amazing our immune system is. How that boy later in the book has a cryptococcal infection that is only found in livestock. How testing blood for HIV was too expensive so only one out of the numerous blood banks did it. How that grandma who was straight couldn‘t figure out 4y
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Reggie how she got it until they found out she had a blood transfusion. That San Francisco took very good care of each other and New York you were treated like a leper. This book was such wealth of history. The author also dies of HIV complications later. I‘m glad you read it!! (edited) 4y
TrishB @Megabooks I may have to leave a bit of a gap! But I shall look out for the film. 4y
TrishB @MicheleinPhilly you will be very, very angry 😡 and sad. 4y
TrishB @Reggie I didn‘t know the journalist/author but read about him afterwards. He didn‘t want his diagnosis whilst writing in case it affected the book 😪 There is an amazing wealth of information here, but also a sensitive approach to individuals own stories. Amazing book. 4y
Megabooks I was watching Newsy with my dad today, and they had some scientists on, I believe from the University of Nebraska, that are working with CRISPR to cure, that‘s right, cure HIV!! They infected mice through a bone marrow transplant from human patients, and cured 9 of them. Obviously awhile until human trials, but still very exciting!! 4y
TrishB @Megabooks I‘ve seen loads in the news recently. That would be fantastic ❤️ 4y
Megabooks @TrishB And I‘m hoping, that if this is what does it, since the research was done at a publicly funded university, it won‘t be as costly as if big pharma makes the breakthrough. 4y
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This book is so good, but so bloody frustrating and heart breaking.

ravenlee Wasn‘t the Ryan White story (I think that‘s the name) part of the turning point? I remember in the early-mid 90s it was such a big deal. 4y
cathysaid Wow. There's a gut check. 4y
Kalalalatja Ouch 4y
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TrishB @ravenlee I‘m not familiar with that story yet, still in 1982. 4y
TrishB @cathysaid @Kalalalatja the whole book so far has just made me go 😮 4y
cathysaid @ravenlee I think part of the attention came from Elton John playing at Ryan‘s funeral as well. 4y
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Lovely mail to return home too.
Tagged book due to @Reggie recommendation.
Lovely notes and postcards from @Itchyfeetreader @miralunasbooknook @Melissa_J thank you 😘

ephemeralwaltz Lovely! 4y
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Some lovely mail to come home too!
Brought the tagged book due to @Reggie recommendation (this was 1p and Qa postage!) can‘t remember why I got the other book - probably someone‘s recommendation!!
Lovely mail from @Itchyfeetreader @miralunasbooknook @Melissa_J
I forgot to take addresses on holiday - so things will be in the post the next couple of weeks!

Reggie RIP Randy Shilts. That book is so good. Sad and frustrating. But good. 4y
TrishB @Reggie looking forward to it (when I get to it!) 4y
CatLass007 AND THE BAND PLAYED ON is one of the best books I‘ve ever read! 4y
TrishB @CatLass007 that‘s a fantastic endorsement! 4y
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kgriffith
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‪Post-op Xander is not opposed to being used as clickbait for such a good cause. Last chance to support Team Pride Portland in the annual Southern Maine AIDS Walk! http://support.peabodycenter.org/goto/kgriffith

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At over 600 pages, this one is a commitment to read. But it‘s so freaking good and holding my attention much better than most fiction lately! I like non-fiction but don‘t find myself reaching for it too often. This one is well written and a very interesting topic. Loving it so far! #bookandabath

Purrfectpages This was one of my favorite movies growing up. So powerful. I didn‘t even realize it was inspired by a book back then. 5y
AmyG Amazing book. Powerful and heartbreaking. 5y
KeepCalmWithBooksAndCoffee I read a big chunk of this in college and remember it being a heartbreaking book. I want to read it cover to cover someday. 5y
Samplergal Read it about 5 times. Loved his book. 5y
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🎉🎉🎉🎉🏆🏆 I started at 8 PM Friday night and finished 24 hours at 7:45 PM Sunday!! 🏆🏆🎊🎊🎊🎊📚📚

I spent a fair bit of time listening ATBPO today. This book is so amazing. Other readathon highlights are finishing the new Al Franken and Perfect Days (highly recommend both), and I'm also close to finishing Pretty Is and The Throwback Special in print! I've also read three short stories from two collections. Keep at it everyone! #24in48

Scurvygirl 🎉🎉🎉 6y
Graciouswarriorprincess Congratulations!!🎉🎊 6y
LauraBrook Wow, congratulations!!!! 6y
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SharonGoforth 👏👏👏Awesome! 6y
SilversReviews Congratulations!! 6y
emilyhaldi 🙌🏻 6y
L_auren Yay!!! 6y
LauraJ No surprise that you did it...but still, a well earned round of applause 👏🏼 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 6y
My_novel_obsession 👏👏👏 6y
stacybmartin Yay - way to go!! 🎉📚🎉👏🏼 6y
JacqMac Yay!!👏🎉 6y
Debiw781 Way to go! And I love this book ❤️ 6y
erzascarletbookgasm 👏🏼💪🏼 6y
BekahB Fantastic!! 🎉🎉 6y
Bookzombie Yay!! 6y
Megabooks @LauraJ Thank you! 😊 I was actually surprised this time because I wasn't planning on making it 24 hours! 6y
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PSA: Everyone! Make sure you're making screen shots of your stopwatch often. My stopwatch just reset itself sometime in the 27 minutes since I took this 😱😱 (I know it's 27 minutes because I posted it to Twitter.)

I also won a prize at hour 30 for my late-night munching. 🎉🎊🎊🎉 I shared Henry's snack choice as well: Royal Canin Mini Special. I've reading lots of familiar names, so be sure to check!

Keep on reading! #24in48 #readathon

Robothugs Congrats!!! 😄 I screenshot because I get paranoid this will happen to me. Keep going, you're almost there!! 6y
Megabooks @Robothugs Thanks!! I saw you won as well! Congratulations 🎊🎊 6y
Varshitha Congrats👏🏻👏🏻 6y
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Megabooks @Varshitha Thanks!! 👍🏻👍🏻 6y
Reviewsbylola So many people have had that problem with their stop watches! 6y
Robothugs Thank you 😄 6y
Megabooks @Reviewsbylola I thought it may have been an Apple thing because I close the app twice before I could get it to work again. 6y
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It's been a reading goal of mine to finish this book. I immensely enjoyed the HBO adaptation from roughly 20 years ago, so now I'm listening to the #audible edition. I've gotten through two chapters while eating dinner and doing some #audiowalking with Henry. #24in48 #readathon #audiobook

HardcoverHearts It's a masterpiece and a heart wrenching book. ❤️ 6y
Megabooks @HardcoverHearts I'm so excited to finally be reading it. I'm on chapter 9! 6y
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"'Oh, my God,' Weisman gasped, 'It's true. It had to be a virus. It could be all over the place now.'"
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"Listening to this frightening tale of a new virus, Cleve Jones thought about gay sexual mores-hell, his own sexual exploits. His face turned white. 'We're all dead' he said.'"
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I've always wanted to learn more about the AIDS epidemic because it's part of queer history.
#bookworm #booknerd #bookgeek #bookfreak #bookdragon #books #AIDS

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Book whose title starts with "A" for #ALEXGIVEAWAY from @Liberty ! Crossing my fingers ... ??

Nicole Ooh you might also like HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE! 6y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Nicole It's sitting right next to And the Band ... 😎 6y
Nicole 😄👍 6y
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It's a Litsy pairing - the fiction book belongs to me because of #litfluence. I got the nonfiction book at a library book sale - something that I wouldn't even thought of doing without Litsy.

AIDS isn't an easy subject, but as a Lyme disease patient I'm hoping I gain ideas that help me be more of an activist for Lyme patients. #fightLyme

#fictionnonfictionpairing #seasonsreadings2016

Suet624 Compadre. 6y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Suet624 In books and Lyme. 😢 6y
prowlix These are both on my soon TBR list! Great pairing 6y
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Megabooks I loved the HBO movie of ATBPO. Highly recommend! It was one of their first in house movies. 6y
BookInMyHands The movie had a big impact on me in high school. I didn't realize it was a book- thank you! 6y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Ebooksandcooks Thanks for the reminder about the movie. I'll have to see if it's on the streaming services! 6y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @prowlix Thanks - enjoy! @BookInMyHands You're welcome! 6y
Megabooks @BarbaraTheBibliophage I have HBOGo and it's on there! 6y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Ebooksandcooks Cool. I'll look on DirecTV streaming which is where we have our HBO. Thanks! 6y
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Here are the interesting books on my shelves with #textonlycovers. Four of them are recent acquisitions. #booktober

bmsddk Is Chronic Resilience worth reading, in your opinion? 6y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @bmsddk I just got it at a book sale, so I'll have to let you know once I read it! 6y
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I don't have many books about politics, but this is one of the few and it is great. I had to read it for a class in high school, and it was the first time in my rather sheltered upbringing that I really remember realizing that our modern political system can deliberately ignore and demonize an entire group of people. It turned my world upside down. #politicsandbooks #augustphotochallenge

BookishFeminist This looks fantastic 6y
Megabooks I loved this movie!!! 6y
DebinHawaii I saw the movie on HBO years ago and have always meant to go back and read the book. 👍 6y
findmeinthelibrary @Ebooksandcooks @DebinHawaii I loved the movie, too! Plus, Matthew Modine ... hubba hubba. 6y
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Woke up an hour ago while it was storming, scared & angry after getting fired by my biggest client yesterday. The storm has stopped but I can't fall back to sleep. I guess I'll just do some not-so-light reading instead.

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On 6/5/1981, the CDC reported a series of cases of rare pneumonia - later known as some of the first AIDS cases. Randy Shilts tells this story in an amazing book everyone (but especially young Americans) should read. I also threw in a couple of legendary plays inspired by the epidemic. (Angels FTW)

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The definitive history of the AIDS epidemic. Another book that changed my life as a teen; it was safe to read without having to make statements about who I was, and it gave me a sense of community when I was isolated. Still relevant today.