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Ghosts of St. Vincent's

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  89 ratings  ·  17 reviews
“Before the entitled lived here exclusively, the marginalized died in droves.”

Founded in 1849 to care for indigent immigrants in Greenwich Village, St. Vincent’s Hospital was sold in 2010 to create multi-million-dollar homes. In its 161 years of existence, the legendary institution treated survivors of the Titanic, tended to victims of both World Trade Center attacks, and
Published March 10th 2017 by BookBaby
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Alyx Hurst
A beautiful account of a dark period so recent in our history, Eubanks sheds light on the day to day life of a gay man at the height of the AIDS crisis. I learnt a lot and I felt a lot through reading this book.
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a heartfelt quasi-memoir, quasi-fiction work, which I thought was very interesting, but the memoir sections is where it really excelled. Eubanks has a plainspoken, efficacious yet emotional way of writing. I enjoyed it a lot.
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I truly want to read more from Tom Eubanks. Once I started this book I was captivated and couldn't put it down. Thank you for writing this Tom!

One of my favorite lines from the book: I used to think that coming out stories were like assholes:every queen has one and cultivated it proudly. But coming out isn't a single event. Doors have hinges. By nature they open and close. Coming out, I realized, is a graduating continuum of self-acceptance, bravery, and opportunity. The process never ends.
susan murray
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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About st Vincent's hospital and some of the patients on the 7th floor .
Some interesting stories mainly about one patient and his life from the beginning also who he met along the way.
He was one of the lucky ones that the drug saved .
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
While I originally picked up this book thinking it was a history of the hospital (and it still turned out to be, in a way), I kept reading it because the author captured me with the way he spilled his spirit onto the page. I am too young to have lived through the era but he brought me there with his stories and had me thinking of some books by Abraham Verghese in certain parts. Being chronically ill myself I could relate to more passages than I cared to, but that is also what I loved about the ...more
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The novel is about some famous patients of St. Vincent's and the AIDS sick narrator. I was a bit disappointed that more than the half of the book is about the gay narrator who suffered from AIDS when it was a taboo and no cure in sight. There was no tension f the narrator is going to survive it because the back of the book already tells you that he will be saved. One sees that Tom Eubanks did a lot of research for the stories of the historical characters as well as for the detailed description ...more
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wilkes
An important look at the AIDS crisis beautifully told by braiding the author's own story with a history of St. Vincent's Hospital, 'ground zero' of the epidemic in NYC.
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great read! Highly recommended.
Gregory Orr
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
St Vincent’s hospital in the West Village dates back to the Civil War and had a long, glorious history in NYC. Nearing the end of the 20th century it was also the epicenter of the AIDS crisis. Hundreds of men died alone and shunned by their families on the 7th floor AIDS ward. Tom Eubanks was one of those 7th floor ward patrons near death. Until the new AIDS meds took hold of him and he’s still here today. Weaving a historic non fiction history of the hospital mixed with his own story as a ...more
Lisa Workman
May 08, 2017 rated it liked it
I like to read books about the histories of old hospitals. I enjoyed the parts of this book that told stories of St. Vincent's and the people there, and the author's recount of his personal experiences on the 7th floor. I felt like the book went off on a number of unrelated tangents, though, and lost something in the process. My favorite story was about how Vito snuck out to see a movie - it was very endearing. I would've loved to see more stories like that in this book, and more history and ...more
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book succeeds despite rather than because of the autobiographical element. I feel like an ass for saying so, but the author doesn't come across as very likable. But then, we are who we are, and his experience is one that needs to be told and preserved. He took the time to contextualize his own experiences and create a memory of a time and place that shouldn't be forgotten.

While not an amazing pleasure read, it's a very interesting historical read. Really a 4.5 star sort of situation.
Fiona Helmsley
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I read online that the author had to self- publish because publishers felt that the recent spate of books with AIDS storylines made the genre bloated. How absolutely ridiculous. (Funny how some stories have restrictive quotas to their telling, others not so much.) Eubanks is a great writer with an erudite yet chatty style. If anything, I wished it were longer.
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A fascinating biography of both the author and the hospital. I read it because my sister was a social worker at St. Vincent's for 25 years, but my "connection" to the book was not necessary to enjoy this compelling book.
Jim Seitz
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Coming out and surviving AIDS. A perfect sunday afternoon read.
Jan 14, 2018 rated it liked it
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3.5 stars. This was good, but I wanted more descriptions of 1980s NYC.
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Tom Eubanks lives in Southern California.