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Hospital Time

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Hospital Time is a memoir about friendship, family, and caregiving in the age of AIDS. Amy Hoffman, a writer, lesbian activist, and former editor of Gay Community News, chronicles with fury and unflinching honesty her experience serving as primary caretaker for her friend and colleague, Mike Riegle, who died from AIDS-related complications in 1992. Hoffman neither idealize...more
Paperback, 168 pages
Published March 4th 1997 by Duke University Press Books (first published 1997)
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This book was so honest it was hard to read. Its a glimpse into the lives and communities of people who have AIDS and are dying. The writer had to go through all these complicated feelings about herself and guilt and motivation and all kinds of other things. The main man had to go through an unending relationship with pain, and trying to be himself, despite his body rapidly deteriorating. He was a prison book programmer out in Massachusettes. It was interesting to have connection to the people w...more
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Why I Read It: Required reading for my Religious Themes in Literature class.

This is the second work of non-fiction (outside of textbooks) that I've read in as many years. This is a disclaimer I want to make because having read so little non-fiction will affect my review of this book.

Hospital Time chronicles Amy Hoffman's struggle while taking care of her friend Mike who's dying from AIDS. It also touche...more
The description was better than the book itself. I feel like she had so much to work with, so much material given her situation, but instead she wrote very dryly, often about irrelevant things. She barely paints a portrait of Mike (the AIDS victim that the book is described to be mainly about) and leaves him as little more than a slightly eccentric man who had AIDS.
There was absolutely no sequential order to this book, one page Mike is on his deathbed, the next he is buying a hat. She describes...more
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Gritty, confessional, painful, and true. Delves into chosen families, AIDS, sociology of medicine, and the nature of interpersonal relationships.
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Amy Hoffman is a writer, editor, and long-time LGBTQ community activist in Boston. She is editor in chief of Women's Review of Books and on the creative nonfiction faculty of the Solstice MFA Program at Pine Manor College. When she is not writing, she likes reading, cooking, biking, yoga, and hanging out with her friends & her spouse, Roberta Stone. Hoffman is available to visit your book grou...more
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