May 4, 2012 · 7:36 am
In the 1980s, Elton John saw friend after friend, loved one after loved one, perish needlessly from AIDS. In the midst of the plague, he befriended Ryan White, a young Indiana boy ostracized by his town and his school because of the HIV infection he had contracted from a blood transfusion. Ryan’s inspiring life and devastating death led Elton to two realizations: His own life was a mess. And he had to do something to help stop the AIDS crisis.
Since then, Elton has dedicated himself to beating the epidemic and the stigma of AIDS. He has done this through the Elton John AIDS Foundation, which has raised and donated $275 million to date to fighting the disease worldwide. Love is the Cure is Elton’s personal account of his life during the AIDS epidemic, including stories of his close friendships with Ryan White, Freddie Mercury, Princess Diana, Elizabeth Taylor, and others. It is also the story of the Elton John AIDS Foundation. With powerful conviction and emotional force, Elton conveys the personal toll AIDS has taken on his life — and his infinite determination to halt its spread.
Elton writes, “This is a disease that must be cured not by a miraculous vaccine, but by changing hearts and minds, and through a collective effort to break down social barriers and to build bridges of compassion. Why are we not doing more? This is a question I have thought deeply about, and wish to answer – and help to change – by writing this book.”
Love is the Cure: Ending the Global AIDS Epidemic will be released by Little, Brown and Company on July 17, 2012. All proceeds from the sale of the book will benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
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September 29, 2010 · 5:20 pm
Between Me and the River: Living Beyond Cancer by Carrie Host (Harlequin; $22.95; 304 pages)
Carrie Host’s book Between Me and the River is a moving memoir that chronicles her journey and struggles to survive an incurable form of cancer. In the book, Carries shares all the pain, physical and emotional, she went through after her diagnosis. She also relates the guilt she felt and anger at her new life. But more than that, she provides a story of hope, love and self-awareness that many of us have never felt in our lives.
Host compares her trial in dealing with cancer to falling in a river. Whether sinking into the deep water, rushing toward a waterfall, or resting in an eddy, it’s easy to identify with her as she explains where in the river she feels on any particular day. It is heart wrenching to read of her account (being a mother of five) of how she delivered the news of her fate to her children, to follow along as she struggles to do the simplest tasks a mother must do, and to see her relationship with her husband flourish under the strain of what they have to deal with.
I applaud Carrie for having the courage to write so openly and honestly about her disease. Reading this book has changed my life in a profound way. It has made me more patient and loving with my children and more thankful of my husband. While Host’s book at first is a heavy read, as you turn more pages you start to see the positive impact this devastation has on her family, her friends and her own consciousness. Overall I found this book very easy to read, though I had to put it down at times to wipe the tears away. I would definitely keep a tissue handy.
This review was written by Denna Gibbons and is used with her permission. You can see more of her reviews at http://www.thebookwormblog.com/ . Between Me and the River is also available in a low-cost Kindle Edition version and as an Unabridged Audio Edition.
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