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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...rough. I cried multiple times, but not sob-crying. Just with quiet understanding (or at least, some extent of it). In this book, Hoffman is brutally honest. And it hit me so often because I saw similar fears to mine placed in a wildly different situation. And she announced them to the world - she announced that she was mad at Michael, that she was jealous of his other friends and didn't remember his friendship as light and easy. He was a strong man, a dedicated one, but also an a ...more
Apr 29, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
Jan 08, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am not having a good start with my 2019 books. Must rectify that.

The description of the book is quite misleading to the content.
Jan 26, 2012 rated it liked it
(Review originally posted on my livejournal account: http://intoyourlungs.livejournal.com/...)

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
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an essential read
Jul 06, 2010 rated it liked it
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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Apr 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
I teach a unit about AIDS in the US in the 1980s and 1990s in my LGBT class. I have been struggling with the question of how to teach 17-21 year olds about the pre-treatment AIDS crisis. This was one really good answer to the question, "How can I let them see this other world."

Like so many lesbians in the 1980s and 1990s, Amy Hoffman stepped in, somewhat willingly, to care for her friend Mike.

This is an honest account. Amy is often furious at Mike and at the world around her. She does the best
Jul 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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 group. ...more

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