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All the Young Men
All the Young Men | RUTH COKER. BURKS
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ncsufoxes
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Such an incredible story, I‘m so happy that Ruth Coker Burks was able to share her story. She took on the care & assistance to many young men that contracted HIV in Arkansas when everyone else (doctors, families, communities) turned their backs. She found such amazing strength to do what she did & how many people she helped. She said that no one else was helping & so she taught herself as much as she could about HIV. She helped people find

ncsufoxes supports & necessary services. She said that she kept waiting for the “professionals” to show up but no one did in those earlier years. It was sad to read that when better treatment options became available she was pushed aside & said she was no longer the expert. #bookspin #nonfiction2022: I‘m a Saint. ##booked2022: Story about the HIV/AIDS epidemic 5mo
Cinfhen Great choice for both prompts!! 5mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 5mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage I 💯loves this book. She is amazing! 5mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa That sounds excellent! Stacking 5mo
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rsteve388
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What a beautiful, heartbreaking story about the aids epidemic in Arkansas. The full.story behind the woman who helped people.with aids. Ruth Coker Burks is a national treasure and her named should be known in the history books. What a beautiful story about the work we have to do to make the world a better place.

This book gets you right in the heart.

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Deblovestoread
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#NYWD22 wrap up.

I love this “swap” so much and finished 4 books off my match‘s list. I had read and loved The House in the Cerulean Sea and The Pull of the Stars already. I had never even heard of The Strange Adventures of H which was so good. I will be working on the rest through the year except those in German unless they become translated.

Thank you to my match for curating a great list and our host for being an excellent matchmaker.

monalyisha You‘re so welcome! 🎉 8mo
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Deblovestoread
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#JoyousJanuary #WrapUp

My goal was 20 hours. I am guessing I met it but didn‘t run a timer.

The best of the bunch is the tagged book. As I always do after reading a memoir I went to Google the rest of the story. There seems to be some controversy about Ruth but she is a hero. Her desire to give dignity in death and to advocate for all of these young men without any form of judgment was the epitome of human kindness.

Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏🙌🥳🍾🥂😍📚 Thanks for playing along. 8mo
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Deblovestoread
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#BookReport

After the emotional slaughter house of The Four Winds, Dreamland provided lighter fare with an ok mystery. All the Young Men was another excellent choice from my #NewYearWhoDis match. I am in part 2 of To Paradise, made no progress on Sunflower Sisters and am just starting Mirror, Mirror for Booked2022. Up next is January‘s section for #ObamaBuddyRead, finish The Other Side of Midnight and this week‘s section of ATUA.

Suzze Loved the Sunflower Sisters. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Have To Paradise waiting…. 8mo
Cinfhen All the Young Men was sad and don‘t get me started on Four Winds 😖PLUS To Paradise!!! What a week 😭 8mo
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TrishB
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Latest in bonkers categories 😁

Nute What does that even mean?🤷🏽‍♀️ 8mo
squirrelbrain They get worse! 8mo
thewallflower0707 They are just making these things up now 👀. I always feel weird when authors post that their book is No 1 in this category and then it‘s something like „YA Fantasy with Dragons and Elves“ or something. 8mo
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ravenlee I picture some solitary computer jockey who spends all day randomly assigning made-up categories. It might be fun for a while. 😆 8mo
TrishB @Nute I wish I knew! 8mo
TrishB @squirrelbrain they definitely do! 8mo
TrishB @thewallflower0707 I think they‘re definitely making it up 😁 8mo
TrishB @ravenlee I think it‘s a new interns first role 😁 8mo
LeahBergen 🤣🤣 So weird. 8mo
JennyM Well there you go! 😆😆😆 8mo
MicheleinPhilly 😂😂😂 8mo
sprainedbrain 😂😂😂 8mo
batsy The algorithm is literally writing itself at this point! 😆 8mo
TrishB @LeahBergen @JennyM @MicheleinPhilly @sprainedbrain @batsy I think there‘s an internal competition to see if anyone notices! 😁 8mo
Caroline2 😂 what the?!?!? 🤦‍♀️ 8mo
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jenniferw88
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TrishB This is a good read 👍🏻 8mo
thewallflower0707 It‘s sooo good and very emotional. It will make you angry. 8mo
Cinfhen Great read!!! Thanks for sharing 8mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage I just adored this one! 8mo
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thevagabondlawyer
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😲 This book is so moving, I am of out of breath, really! What a woman you are, Ruth Coker Burks! You are unbelievable. A heroic story of selflessness, compassion, altruism and unconditional love, All The Young Men breaks my heart but it also gives me hope that people like Ruth is out there, helping people living with AIDS in getting the dignity they deserve while equally grappling how to live the remaining days of their lives. 👇

thevagabondlawyer This book is about the AIDS crisis in the 80s and a look of of how far we have come but also how nothing has quite changed. This book also sends a message that we can become an instrument of hope to people whose only currency left is hope. This book is proof that love wins and that nobody can take that away from both of you, not even AIDS. I cannot ask for a better read to kick-off the year 2022. Thank you Ms Burks for your story. 🙏📚👏 9mo
TrishB It‘s a wonderful read and I agree, she‘s an amazing woman. 9mo
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BookNAround
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This is so good so far. Hard to say I‘m enjoying it given the subject matter though.

TrishB She‘s an amazing woman. 12mo
BookNAround @TrishB She sure is. Her daughter‘s pretty great too, especially given how young she was and how it impacted her life. 12mo
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Olivia306
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There are no words to do justice to this memoir. Part autobiography, part a wonderful tribute to the LGBTQ+ community and the men lost to AIDS, this is ultimately the story of an incredible woman, whose kindness and compassion I‘m sure had a huge impact on all those who met her. I can‘t possibly tell how many times I cried, laughed,or got angry. I can only bow to Ms. Coker Burks, applaud her for her resilience and go back to re-read her story.

Chelsea.Poole Stacked! 1y
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kyraleseberg
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I don't really have the words for this one, a great memoir as well as a loving tribute to those lost during the height of HIV/AIDS fear and ignorance.

TrishB An amazing woman 👍🏻 (edited) 1y
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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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What an amazing story of an incredibly selfless woman. 🌟

TrishB She is amazing ❤️ 1y
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charl08
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Uncle Fred was standing at my grandmother's casket....He'd done something with family land. "Oh Mama, oh Mama, forgive me," he said, so loud we could all hear him. He was sobbing and rocking the casket. “The greed got in me, and I wanted that property. The devil got in me-"
Here came my mother, running down the aisle. "It's too late now, you sonuvabitch!" she screamed as she jumped on his back.

TrishB I loved this book 😢 1y
charl08 @TrishB it's so sad! 1y
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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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Picked up from the library today. 7 days to read it.

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TrishB
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Mother and daughter Sunday night read ♥️♥️

MsMelissa How lovely! My daughter is only now getting into reading (better late than never), and is working her way through the Harry Potter novels. She normally likes to read in her room by herself, but just the other day she joined me as I read. I was so happy 😊 2y
TrishB @MsMelissa I love it when we‘re sat there reading ❤️ I read HP at the same time as both my kids so we could discuss! My daughter is currently taking recommendations off Tik Tok, she comes in and says have you got this one? I have never not had it yet 🤞🏻🤞🏻 2y
MsMelissa That‘s awesome! After Harry Potter she says she‘ll tackle The Hunger Games, which I‘ve read and own so we are good. She had to read The Hate U Give for school this year, and since I had read it she discussed it with me. I have tons of YA books on my shelves, so she has lots to choose from. 2y
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TrishB @MsMelissa my daughters just finished the prequel to the Hunger Games. That‘s one of her fave sets of books. I love when they want to discuss too 😁 2y
LeahBergen Aww! 🥰🥰 2y
BarbaraBB That is something to cherish 💜💜 2y
Kalalalatja Some of my fave memories are reading side by side with my mom. It is just lovely 💕 2y
Cathythoughts Happy days Trish 💕 2y
TrishB @LeahBergen @BarbaraBB @Kalalalatja @Cathythoughts I love the reading and am@so glad when the tell gets switched off! 2y
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TrishB
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Happy Valentines gifts from hubby ❤️❤️
Interested to read Interior Chinatown even more after @Cinfhen review.
But despite not wanting to read another sad memoir I think the tagged book may be first!

Cathythoughts Looks good. I mean to order The Interior China... and I have Mr Wilder on my kindle... looking forward to your reviews 👍🏻 2y
Cathythoughts And that‘s a lovely gift from your husband!! ❤️. I have a feeling my fella forgot about me this year 😂 we‘ll see 2y
CarolynM I loved Mr Wilder 2y
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Megabooks Great hubby! 2y
batsy Lovely gifts! Well done, Mr B 😁 2y
squirrelbrain It *is* a very sad book but it‘s also positive too - she‘s such an amazing person. Happy Valentines! 2y
TrishB @Cathythoughts it‘s usually me that forgets! 2y
TrishB @CarolynM I was on the fence until I saw your review- then put on my list 😁 2y
TrishB @Megabooks @batsy 😁👍🏻 2y
TrishB @squirrelbrain have wanted to read even more since watching It‘s a Sin. Happy Valentines ❤️ 2y
charl08 Library has a copy of the tagged book so I can avoid adding to the Tower of Doom next to my bed. Sounds good. I loved (if that's the right word: history geek, so probably) France's book, although it is predominatly US story. Amazing activists. 2y
Cinfhen Awwww 🥰 #MrB 🙌🏻Tagged book was REALLY SAD but uplifting too!! And I‘ve wanted to read this one since @CarolynM posted (edited) 2y
TrishB @charl08 I‘ve made a note of that one too 👍🏻 2y
TrishB @Cinfhen yep- Carolyn‘s review pushed me off the fence too! 2y
Cinfhen Enjoy ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
Cathythoughts All good ... husband has come through! I‘m eating chocolates😂❤️🥰 2y
Cathythoughts He was very impressed with Mr B‘s present !!! 2y
TrishB @Cathythoughts ❤️ the chocolates 🍫 sound good! 2y
Kalalalatja What lovely gifts! 2y
TrishB @Kalalalatja he‘s a good one for pressies! 2y
LeahBergen He‘s a keeper! ❤️❤️ 2y
TrishB @LeahBergen 😁😘 2y
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littlethao
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"I realize you're people just like everybody else. You get up, you have your coffee, your breakfast. You just want someone to love. You have a house just like mine. Everything is just the same. ..."

Because in the end you and I are simply humans.

A heartbreaking, moving and inspiring memoir.

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