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My Own Country by Abraham Verghese
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Jul 14, 2009

it was amazing
Read in July, 2009

A moving and compelling book about a doctor's experience of caring for HIV/AIDS patients in rural Appalachia during the first years of the epidemic. It's non-fiction but it reads like a novel because the author creates such vivid portraits of his patients, their individual life journeys and psychologies, and their suffering. It's a serious book and has tragic moments, but I wouldn't call it depressing. The author is honest and introspective about his own status as a traveler and an outsider (as an African-born Indian living in the American South, in Indian immigrant communities, and in the medical profession.) He's articulate about his own developing sense of a vocation to care for AIDS patients, and the tensions it creates within his marriage and his larger community. I really admired his ability to depict and honor the perspectives of people of different religions, ethnicities, classes, and sexualities.
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