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Eight Bullets: One Woman's Story of Surviving Anti-Gay Violence

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The lesbian victim of a violent hate crime that left her seriously wounded and her partner dead is the story of family and community, the medical system, the police and courts, and the media--and of one woman's incredible courage. Simultaneous. IP.
Paperback, 212 pages
Published April 1st 1995 by Firebrand Books
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Lisa M.
Dec 02, 2014 Lisa M. rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, memoir
I had seen this book at my used bookstore several times, but I was always hesitant to buy it. On my birthday I took a trip to the bookstore and bought everything I could possibly want - including this. This is the first book of the bunch, and I am happy I read it.

This book details the attack that left Claudia's lover, Rebecca, dead, and Claudia shot five times. It also details the aftermath - Claudia's ongoing healing (physically and mentally,) the court case, and Claudia's involvement in gay p
Dec 21, 2010 Nicole rated it it was amazing
Haunting. Once I started reading, I just couldn't put it down. It wasn't the easiest book I've read - it was heart-wrenching to read through every single detail of the horror she (and Rebecca) encountered. But it's a story that needs to be told - everyone, no matter where you sit on the spectrum of sexual orientation, should read this book.
Zachary Matson
May 14, 2014 Zachary Matson rated it really liked it
Very powerful.
Apr 01, 2011 Bobbiewawoo rated it liked it
Started off with a transcript of the survivor talking about the incident which really should have been edited. As presented, it seemed more like babbling.

I found the switch between third person and first person narration annoying. Perhaps if these two different points of view would have been in separate chapters it would have helped.

Overall, it was an interesting story (true story) and a reminder of how far we have come as a society and how far we have *not* come.

I would recommend it for anyone
Rhonda Stormy
Jun 28, 2016 Rhonda Stormy rated it it was amazing
Well told enough to make me not want to hike. Scary but a great story of endurance and survival.
May 10, 2009 Mary rated it liked it
Shelves: memoir, political
Though I read this many years ago, the images are still in my head. It is chilling and scary. Kudos to Claudia for staying brave throughout a horrific situation. I especially remember that when she went out to the road for help, the first car passed her by. When the second car went by, she just wouldn't take no for an answer; she MADE them give her a ride.
Life is just too weird and too full of hate sometimes.
Jun 10, 2009 Kasey rated it did not like it
To be honest, I did not finish this book. I simply couldn't. The story is important; the life altering events involved are absolutely harrowing. The author's heavy dollops of platitudes, no style style, hard to follow thought processes and overall clumsy writing were ultimately too distracting for me.
Feb 03, 2013 Robin rated it really liked it
The crime which is the subject of this book was mentioned in A Walk in the Woods. I started this book the same day I finished Walk in the Woods and I finished it that same day. Given, it is a not a big book, but it was very well written and so personal that the time just flew.
William Rock
Mar 29, 2012 William Rock rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing story of survival. I was fortunate to meet this woman after she wrote this novel. It really is a great story that tells about a persons ability to survive both in life and the ignorance of prejudice.
Mar 28, 2007 Tommy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Hikers, Women, Sensitive males
Painfully gripping book about the reality of hate. It is a story of survival of the greatest degree. A fun camping trip turns into a nightmare when one idiot shoots at two lesbians.
Jan 01, 2008 Andrea rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I remember this book and that it wasn't the best written book in the world but carried the message of acceptance.
Dec 28, 2008 Mel rated it it was amazing
Reminds me why it's important to stand up and continue to fight.
Jun 04, 2009 Kathy rated it liked it
Shelves: memoir, queer
Immensely disturbing.
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